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Protecting threatened monkeys affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

26.01.2021

CONSERVATION PROBLEM

The Tanoé-Ehy Forest is home to highly threatened primate species, and is a top priority area for primate conservation in West Africa. However, the Forest is threatened by unsustainable land use, such as deforestation and the production of palm oil. More importantly, impoverished and ill-informed local communities hunt monkeys for bushmeat.

As the economy of the region is largely based on trade with neighboring Ghana, it has been highly impacted by the closing of the border in response the COVID-19 crisis. As a result, poverty has increased, and it has become very difficult to keep the local community from using the Forest’s natural resources to survive. Surveillance and awareness campaigns have also reduced dramatically in the region, which has unavoidably resulted in an increase in poaching and deforestation activities. Urgent action is needed to protect the Forest’s primates.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Resume conservation activities interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic;
  • Raise awareness among local communities about the importance of conserving the Tanoé-Ehy Forest;
  • Significantly decrease poaching and chainsaw milling activities in the Forest;
  • Receive an official “community-managed forest” status for the Tanoé-Ehy Forest.

PROJECT ACTIVITIES

  • Train selected farmers from different communities to carry out reforestation activities;
  • Identify alternative products found locally to generate income at the markets;
  • Form and train teams entrusted with surveillance and biomonitoring;
  • Engage park rangers from different areas to join community-led patrols.
  • Organize a local radio media campaign.

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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