SNAPP TEAM:Sustainable Wild Meat Management
How can Central African wild meat policies be adapted and strengthened to support sustainable use and ensure the persistence of Central Africa’s wildlife?

Hunting for meat is a key threat to biodiversity in Central Africa, while also providing food and income to many communities. Wild meat use over the last 50 years has shifted from predominantly subsistence consumption by rural communities to consumption as a luxury item by growing urban populations. Several Central African countries are reviewing their wild meat policies and legislation, to ensure policies stay relevant to this changing use. However, national wild meat data need to inform these changes are often inaccessible to policy makers.

OUR APPROACH: This regional working group will support national policy reforms across Central African countries to ensure the sustainable use of wild species by providing national policy makers with a wild meat evidence base to help inform their decisions. We will be working with the governments of Gabon, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and Cameroon, who are all at differing stages of wild meat policy reform processes. We will, at the request of these governments, provide targeted analyses and information to support decision-making, and assist with national workshops to draft, discuss and validate wild meat policies.

Team Status: NEW
Team Critical Challenge: Food and Freshwater
  • Synthesis of current wild meat research. The working group will produce several policy briefs, synthesizing available data and research on wild meat in each of the focal countries (Gabon, Cameroon, DRC). These briefs will be provided in a timely manner to support policy discussions, and the content guided through conversations with government policy makers and stakeholders, ensuring that we are answering relevant questions posed by those directly involved with and affected by policy and legislative reforms.
  • Support to national policy reform processes. We will support national policy makers to convene national workshops to discuss reforms to national wild meat policies. For each of the different countries, where policy discussions are at different stages, the aims of these workshops will vary, and may signal the beginning of policy discussions or be used to discuss draft policy documents and engage national stakeholders for their review.
Lauren Coad
Oxford University, United Kingdom and Center for International Forestry Research
Eric Djomo Nana
Oxford University, United Kingdom and Institute of Agicultural Research for Development, Cameroon
Katharine Abernethy
University of Stirling
Demetrio Bocuma Meñe
Central Africa Bushmeat Action Group, Equatorial Guinea
Luc Evouna
Action for Wildlife Trade, Cameroon
Eric Kaba Tah
Central Africa Bushmeat Action Group, Cameroon
Krossy Mavakala
Regional Post-Graduate Training School on Integrated Management of Tropical Forests and Lands (ERAIFT)
Donald Midoko Iponga
Research Institute for Tropical Ecology
Robert Mwinyihali
Wildlife Conservation Society, Democratic Republic of Congo
Kevin Y. Njabo
Congo Basin Institute, Cameroon
Paulin Polepole
Wildlife Conservation Society, Democratic Republic of Congo
Sandra Ratiarison
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Gabon
Eugenio Sartoretto
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy
Henry Travers
Oxford University, United Kingdom
Hadrien Vanthomme
French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, Gabon
Laurence Wete Soh
Forêts et Développement Rural, Cameroon
Juliet Wright
Wildlife Conservation Society, Democratic Republic of Congo
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