Engaging with Key Decision Makers
Key decision makers (KDMs), those senior level individuals with decision-making authority in government, non-profit organizations, communities, and the private sector, have an essential role in enabling long-term wildlife conservation. Policies regarding resource use are created and approved at these senior levels. These policies provide the frameworks around which day to day decisions are made concerning the use of wildlife. It is essential that KDMs are aware of the various issues related to the bushmeat crisis and are able to identify how they can most effectively play a role in addressing it.
BCTF has maintained a focus on engagement with KDMs as one of four priority action areas. It has been responsible for assuring the bushmeat issue is considered and supported at important international government levels, including the IUCN Bushmeat Resolution, the CITES Bushmeat Working Group, the CBD Bushmeat Liaison Group, the Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (AFLEG) agreement, and the recently released US Africa Policy Advisory Panel (APAP) report which was endorsed by Secretary of State, Colin Powell (July 2004). BCTF commissioned a review of the history and activities of the World Bank’s CEO Tropical Africa Working Group focused on the encouragement of wildlife management planning within logging concessions in the Central Africa sub-region. A second report was commissioned to review the impacts of a number of industries – oil, gas, logging, and mining – on wildlife in the Central Africa region. Most recently, BCTF has focused its KDM efforts on working with US government KDMs toward the establishment of a US Interagency Bushmeat Task Force.
Select the links below for more information on the major initiatives in this priority area.