|Date||11 Oct 2011|
My initial motivation was the realization of the traditional use of wildlife species for medicine in the pilot project site, in such unsustainable ways that cause species depletion and eventual extinction of some in the area, like in most parts of Africa.
Secondly, much has been talked, done and written on Medicinal Plants, but hardly for Medicinal Wildlife, at least in this part of Africa; until we projected it in the Phase One. Unlike medicinal plants, which when harvested the plant/tree is left standing; Medicinal Wildlife harvested leaves an animal dead!
This project phase aims to continue to project and prevent the threat to indigenous wildlife species by the unsustainable use for traditional medicine; to instill greater mentality change and inspire actions for their sustainable use/management.
Long Term Goal:
The education and awareness campaigns, support to local hunters to provide legal access to medicinal wildlife and training of tradi-practitioners on sustainable use of species, are steps to consolidate achievements in the pilot area at this pilot stage.
These steps shall be replicated in future in the wider Central African Sub-Region, with the long term aim of instigating not only positive mentality change, conservation actions and research initiatives in this line, but also policy or legislation changes nationally and inter-nationality, for the concerted promotion of sustainable use/management of the concerned species.
These will match conservation actions already undertaken in East and Southern Africa and China.
Read about Emmanuel's previous work http://www.ruffordsmallgrants.org/rsg/projects/emmanuel_liyong_sama or for more information contact: