Bushmeat IMAP - Summary


  • Many stakeholders, especially key decision makers, have requested a map displaying the status of the bushmeat crisis (threats, implicating factors, solutions, etc.), as well as other ways to more easily and comprehensively understand different aspects
  • The Bushmeat IMAP makes BCTF’s worldwide databases available online, and through a partnership with Global Forest Watch is developing a comprehensive bushmeat geographic information system for Central Africa
  • The initiative is funded through January 2005; more funding is necessary to gather additional data, but the framework will be in place for each partner to maintain and update data indefinitely
  • Credible information is the foundation for all BCTF programs, and the Bushmeat IMAP is the cornerstone of our information management strategy in Phase II and beyond


The Bushmeat IMAP is an initiative developed by BCTF to create a central repository of information on the causes and solutions of bushmeat hunting, consumption and trade worldwide, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa, especially Central Africa. BCTF and the Global Forest Watch (GFW) program of World Resources Institute (WRI) have a formal partnership to develop this project, and have raised funding to support a six-month pilot effort beginning Summer 2004.

Bushmeat IMAP involves both the process of gathering information and mechanisms for cataloging and sharing it. It brings together and enhances many of BCTF’s existing information management tools, improving the quantity, quality and accessibility of bushmeat information. Specifically, Bushmeat IMAP incorporates and replaces BCTF’s current Research Archive and Projects Database, and for the first time makes these available on the Internet. The main project components include:

  • A searchable, digital library of key legislation, published research, internal reports & media
  • An online, customizable map maker for quickly finding and mapping information on protected areas, roads, concessions, human settlements and wildlife distributions in Central Africa
  • A geo-referenced database of conservation projects worldwide, hunting and market sites of concern in sub-Saharan Africa, and other relevant data

The core of the project is a geographic information system (GIS) for storing and analyzing spatial data relevant to bushmeat hunting and trade. The GIS will ultimately contain data on logging concessions, protected areas, transport routes, human settlements, bushmeat markets, species distributions, and other relevant data, and will greatly increase our capacity for prediction, analysis and demonstration regarding the impact of various threats and solutions. The GIS and digital library are available through a portal on the BCTF website, and soon will also be made available on CD.

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