The SWM Project in Gabon
GABON© CIRAD/Daniel Cornelis
The forests in the Congo Basin are home to an extremely rich diversity of animal and plant life. The Mouloundou Department in the Ogooué-Lolo Province, is home to a diversity and abundance of wildlife, which provide an important source of protein and income for communities in small rural villages. However, the growing demand for wild meat in secondary towns and metropolitan areas could affect the availability of resources for these village communities.
The SWM Project in Gabon aims to promote sustainable management of village hunting and the local wild meat trade, whilst increasing the supply of alternative proteins. SWM activities in Gabon are coordinated by CIRAD, in collaboration with local communities and Gabon’s Ministry of Water and Forests
- Analysed venison off-take and consumption data;
- Planned household surveys;
- Supported the establishment of hunting management committees and built capacity
- Analysed hunting and wildlife harvesting in four villages;
- Analysed the presence and distribution of commonly hunted species using camera traps;
- Completed surveys on meat consumption in 77 village households and 100 urban households in Lastoursville.