Adaptive Management Planning by the 2008/2009 MENTOR Fellows

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Adaptive Management Planning by the 2008/2009 MENTOR Fellows:

In order to develop a regional strategy for planning long-term efforts to deal with the bushmeat problem in eastern Africa, from July-August 2008, the Fellows used the lessons from their bushmeat field assessments and their professional experience to work with experts from Foundations of Success, the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force, and The Nature Conservancy on adaptive management.

Using adaptive management methodology, the Fellows did the following:

  • Defined the project participants including the Fellows, Mentors, donors, advisors, key stakeholders in each country (e.g. park staff, ministry staff, private industry, local communities, hunters, traders).
  • Defined the direct threats: market bushmeat poaching and trade vs. household bushmeat poaching and trade.
  • Identified components/criteria for each direct threat along with assigning objectives and indicators for each.
  • Drafted a conceptual model to help determine a regional bushmeat strategy
  • Drafted a results chain for the strategy in order to clarify assumptions about how the strategy contributes to implementing and achieving their desired results
  • Defined Team Initiative such that all Fellows supported building the Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network (BEAN).  All Fellows worked on some component of the team initiative in their respective countries and all were responsible for developing components of the overall communications strategy, partnership building strategy, and awareness strategy

Activities were implemented using a team approach among the eight MENTOR Fellows working together in national teams and thematic themes supported by Mentors across the four countries.

The long-term scope identified was to address illegal hunting of wildlife in and around protected areas in eastern Africa to achieve a vision for a bushmeat-free eastern Africa. Priorities identified for action included bushmeat awareness, law enforcement, information management, and protein and income alternatives within a context of partnerships associated with key protected areas in each country.

Pilot projects were implemented from September 2008 through May 2009 in the key selected protected areas.

Learn more about the adaptive management plans developed by the 2008/2009 Fellows by viewing the following documents:

Conceptual model for addressing the illegal bushmeat trade in eastern Africa

Results Chain for the illegal bushmeat trade in eastern Africa

BEAN Bushmeat Fact Sheet 2009: A Model for a Mentored Fellowship Program

Concept paper: Using a Team Approach to Build A Bushmeat Network in Eastern Africa: learn more details about the background, objectives and monitoring plans for building BEAN and implementing pilot projects in key protected areas. Result chains are included for each identified strategy.

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