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The Bushmeat Crisis and Conservation

One of the main threats to gorillas is hunting for their meat or accidental entrapment in snares set for other species. While the YoG strongly opposes any such activities in relation to gorillas and other endangered species, there is also a traditional component to the hunting of forest animals.

Wildlife in tropical forests is a main source of livelihoods, and the well-being of forest dependent communities is closely linked to its availability. The bushmeat crisis, resulting from the current unsustainable extraction rates of wildlife from forests, therefore reminds us of humankind’s dependence on biodiversity. The disappearance of wildlife from our forests is also a serious threat to the cultural and spiritual identity of many indigenous and local communities and other forest dependent communities.

This CBD (Convention on Biological Diversity) Technical Series publication (2008) synthesizes existing knowledge on this complex topic, and suggests some policy options to make the use of wild fauna more sustainable. Interactions with other sectors, in particular forestry, agriculture, and fisheries, are demonstrated.

To the CBD Bushmeat Technical Series (Pdf, 6 Mb, English)

Additional Information: Pursuant to Decision IX/5 of the COP, which urged Parties to address, as a matter of priority, the unregulated and unsustainable hunting and trade of bushmeat, and their impact on non-target species, the Secretariat of the CBD is facilitating a thematic workshop on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Bushmeat, which will be held on the margins of the World Forestry Congress (WFC), 18-23 October 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Nominated experts are tentatively scheduled to meet for three days prior to the WFC, followed by a High Level Panel Discussion at the WFC showcasing the results of the workshop. More details of the bushmeat workshop will be made available on the CBD website (http://www.cbd.int/meetings/) in due course.