Protecting large carnivores and their habitats at Park W

26.01.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

Poaching, illegal grazing and excessive farming constantly threaten the natural resources of Park W. Whether hunting for bushmeat or employing non-sustainable farming techniques, the pressure put on the park’s natural resources is forcing wildlife to feed off of the crops and the livestock of the local community. This leads to retaliatory killings, often unknown to the managers of the park. As a result, human and wildlife coexist on a very delicate balance.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Reduce the pressure put on large carnivores, their prey and their habitat by offering the local community alternative solutions;
  • Educate stakeholders on the socio-economic and ecological values of the park’s ecosystem.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Conduct monthly monitoring missions;
  • Implement awareness campaigns on human-wildlife conflict;
  • Train locals and relevant stakeholders on wildlife conflict management and data collection;
  • Train 80 new beekeepers on honey production;
  • Train locals on alternative farming solutions;
  • Strengthen the consultation framework of the Park W biosphere reserve;
  • Raise awareness on the economic, cultural and ecological value of Park W.

This project is a part of the IUCN SOS African Wildlife initiative, which is funded by the European Commission’s Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DG Devco) through its B4Life initiative.



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