Bushmeat Crisis

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The unsustainable, illegal, commercial bushmeat crisis is one of the most significant threats to wildlife populations in Africa today. Bushmeat is important culturally, economically and nutritionally throughout much of sub-Saharan Africa, and the enormous demand for bushmeat threatens both wildlife populations and human livelihoods.

ABCG members and partners have played critical roles in addressing the drivers of and solutions to the bushmeat crisis, through innovative, holistic approaches. ABCG meetings and events have addressed collaborative action planning; human, wildlife and domestic animal health and disease; food security linkages; capacity building for conservation in East Africa and updates from the field.


In March 2001, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) and the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF) held a meeting at World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to discuss and catalyze innovative actions to address the bushmeat crisis. The meeting identified potential areas for collaborative action in Africa on long-term and short-term solutions to the Bushmeat crisis. Further information on the meeting may be found here.

On 8 March 2004, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group, the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force, and the Wildlife Conservation Society held a meeting entitled, "HEALTH MATTERS: The Importance of the Interface between Wildlife, Domestic Animal, and Human Health for Conservation Success in Africa," which featured many ties to the bushmeat issue.

On 29 October 2004, a meeting entitled, "Food Security and Conservation in Africa: Addressing Hunger and Farming Issues to Conserve Wildlife" was organized by the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group and the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force. The purpose of the meeting was to: discuss the linkages between food security and biodiversity conservation; learn about successful efforts to prevent poaching by addressing the hunger situation and farming practices of local communities; and identify areas for possible field level collaboration between the conservation community, agricultural and food security sectors and other stake holders in Africa.

On 14 August 2007, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, Tanzania, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service held a meeting in Washington, DC, on “Reducing Bushmeat Exploitation in Eastern Africa: Sharing Experiences and New Initiatives.”  This meeting provided background, contacts and input into the initial planning for the MENTOR (Mentoring for ENvironmental Training in Outreach and Resource conservation) Fellowship Program.

More recently, ABCG held a series of Bushmeat Briefings that showcase various regions and approaches to the bushmeat issues. Please see the links below for further information on each.

USFWS MENTOR Fellowship Program
Through the MENTOR Fellowship Program, a cooperative agreement funded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service with the College of African Wildlife Management- Mweka, Tanzania, and the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group capacity has been built for a multidisciplinary team of promising conservationists to address bushmeat challenges and solutions.  As a result of the MENTOR program, a new network of eastern African wildlife professionals who can lead efforts to reduce illegal and unsustainable bushmeat exploitation at local, national and regional levels is being developed.

Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network (BEAN)
The Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network (BEAN) is an interdisciplinary network consisting of stakeholders who work collaboratively to implement grassroots solutions that directly address bushmeat exploitation problems affecting protected and surrounding areas in eastern Africa.

June 7, 2012 - Andimile Martin, BEAN Field Officer

Mitigating the Impact of the Illegal Bushmeat Trade: Awareness and Alternative Proteins in Katavi-Rukwa Ecosystem of Western Tanzania

 Mr. Andimile discussed an alternative protein and awareness intervention initiative in the Katavi-Rukwa Ecosystem. The project aims to vaccinate chicken against Newcastle disease, which causes reliance on bushmeat as a source of nutrition. By bringing local communities to the table through participatory methods, environmental awareness and the value of biodiversity is fostered while seeking viable options to ehnance local public health and livelihoods.

The project was funded by USFWS's Wildlife Without Borders-Africa program through BEAN.

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