Monitoring, evaluation, learning and impact assessment (MELIA)

Through the work of the Bushmeat Research Initiative, FTA work on community-based management of hunting has resulted in improved forest management through participatory management of wildlife, local certification and the creation of local hunter associations over more than 1.2 million hectares of lowland Amazonian rainforest in Peru and Colombia. FTA also provided technical support from the initial diagnosis phase to the development of management plans for three local communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which have now been granted the rights to manage their land as community forest concessions partially designated for hunting purposes.

FTA work on bushmeat has been instrumental in the CBD COP decision XIII/8: “Sustainable use of biodiversity: bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management” that “[e]ncourages Parties and other Governments, as well as relevant organizations, to consider and implement, as appropriate, the road map [developed by FTA scientists] for better governance towards a more sustainable bushmeat sector…”.

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