CITES Bushmeat Working Group (Central Africa) - Summary
- The CITES Bushmeat Working Group (CBWG) is composed of the Wildlife Directors for the Central African Range States of: Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Republic of Congo and was established April 2000 at CoP 11 in Nairobi, Kenya.
- The CBWG office is based in Yaounde, Cameroon at the IUCN offices and is managed by a Regional Coordinator and supported by National Bushmeat Officers appointed for each participating country.
- The CBWG is funded by the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) through a grant from US Agency for International Development Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment (USAID-CARPE), the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), and the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force through a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
- Priority activities identified by the CBWG include: policy and legislation review, public awareness, bushmeat information management and monitoring, wildlife management in logging concessions, and wildlife management structure review.
- The group is recommended in Resolution 13.62.1 submitted for CoP 13 in Bangkok October 2004 to continue as the Central African Bushmeat Working Group.
The CBWG was formally established in April 2000 and is composed of Central African Range States with Wildlife Directors as Members supported by National Bushmeat Officers and the Regional Coordinator who is based at IUCN regional headquarters in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Its mandate is to examine issues related to the bushmeat trade and identify solutions that can be willingly implemented by the range states. The group has worked successfully to fulfill its goals of policy and legislation review, public awareness, bushmeat monitoring and information management, wildlife authority structure review, and wildlife management in logging concessions. The group has been funded by non-range governments (US and UK) and NGOs since 2001. Final recommendations for the group are included in a resolution submitted for consideration at the CoP 13 October 2004 in Bangkok which include recommendations for the continuation of the group as the Central African Bushmeat Working Group.