Meeting and Conferences with BCTF Participation

Jun 25, 2009

Meetings & Presentations

When BCTF was first established, the collective knowledge and understanding regarding the bushmeat issue was both limited and scattered, even among conservation professionals. The scientific evidence was clear that the illegal, commercial trade was not only unsustainable but also involved important threats to human, wildlife, and livestock health. With the formation of the BCTF, the members agreed to share information and resources through the network to improve collective understanding of the bushmeat crisis and identify actions that could be implemented by the members.

One way in which such information is shared is through the use of professional meetings and formal presentations. Although some may argue that meetings are not an effective conservation action, it is important to note that it is often the information and communications shared at professional gatherings that spark collaborations that lead to actions on the ground. BCTF has initiated and participated in a wide array of professional meetings during its first phase of operations – many of which have led to important policy developments, funding opportunities for African colleagues, action identification for members, and awareness among key decision makers and the general public. Below is a summary of the meetings attended and presentations provided by either BCTF staff or Steering Committee members.


9 February 2005 - BCTF, Global Forest Watch and the University of Maryland CARPE Support program gave presentations at the workshop "Bushmeat IMAP and Congo Basin Information Management" held at World Resources Institute in Washington, DC. BCTF organized the meeting to introduce the Bushmeat IMAP to CARPE partners and consider how it could support and integrate with existing and planned efforts.

18 March 2005 - BCTF was pleased to support a lunchtime briefing on the bushmeat crisis for members and friends of the International Conservation Caucus (ICC), a bipartisan coalition of about 75 Congressmen in the U.S. House of Representatives who share a strong interest in international wildlife and landscape conservation. The briefing featured Senior Vice President of WCS International Programs Dr. John Robinson (pictured), who presented a review of bushmeat hunting and trade patterns around the world, and suggested several ways in which the U.S. government could address the crisis. BCTF Director Heather E. Eves followed by reviewing BCTF’s activities and goals, then narrating a video clip showing bushmeat being unloaded from passenger cars on the Cameroon railroad. The powerful images and statistics in both presentations stirred many good questions. For more information on the ICC, click here.

25 April 2005 - BCTF staff gave a 'brown bag' presentation to staff of Supporting Member HSUS/ Humane Society International, titled "BCTF and the Bushmeat IMAP."

24 May 2005 - BCTF staff gave a 'brown bag' presentation to staff of Supporting Member CABS/ Conservation International, titled "BCTF and the Bushmeat IMAP."

27 May - Heather Eves (BCTF Director) gave a lunchtime presentation to staff, volunteers and board members of Supporting Member Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, on BCTF, bushmeat, and solutions to the bushmeat crisis, including the Bushmeat Information Management and Analysis Project (Bushmeat IMAP).

23 June 2005 - BCTF supported requests by several members preparing testimony for the Great Ape Conservation Reauthorization Act (GACRA) 2005 hearings on Capitol Hill, held in conjunction with Neotropical Migratory Bird Act hearings on 23 June 2005. We provided great ape population statistics, threat maps, and evidence of decline among species and subspecies in Africa, as well as orangutans. Members of AZA, DFGFI, Jane Goodall Institute, WCS, the US Fish & Wildlife Service and others gave written or oral testimony highlighting the value of projects funded from 2000-2005 and the continued plight of great apes in the foreseeable future. GACRA 2005 was introduced to the U.S. House of Representatives on 26 May 2005 by Rep. George Miller (CA) and to the U.S. Senate on 15 June 2005 by Sen. Jim Jeffords (VT). The Bill seeks to reauthorize the Great Ape Conservation Fund, which receives its annual appropriation through the Multinational Species Conservation Fund, for five more years (2006-2010). It also raises the funding authorization from $5 million for each year to $7 million for fiscal year 2008 and $10 million for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The original Great Ape Conservation Act of 2000 authorized funding up to $5 million each year but received less than $1.5 million in any given year; BCTF and its members have a dual goal of ensuring Act reauthorization AND maximizing the annual funding authorization. The 2005 Act includes up to $1 million in funding earmarked for reducing the environmental impact of reconstruction in Aceh province, Sumatra, Indonesia, which was particularly hard-hit by the tsunami of 26 December 2004.

16-19 July 2005 - Bushmeat is on the agenda at the 2005 Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) meeting in Brazil, and several presentations address bushmeat and hunting in both Africa and Latin America, including one by BCTF and École de Faune de Garoua, Cameroon. See the April/May 2005 issue of the Bushmeat Bulletin for more information.


10 February 2004, BCTF Steering Committee member Elizabeth Bennett represented the Wildlife Conservation Society at the Bushmeat Debate, hosted by the Zoological Society of London. The Debate was a series of presentations on the sustainability of commercial trade in bushmeat and the need to reconcile wildlife conservation with human needs. Despite varied perspectives, the debate revealed there is more agreement than disagreement on the nature of the bushmeat problem and the tools needed to solve it. Please see the February 2003 Bushmeat Bulletin for further information.

1-2 March 2004 European timber companies, environmental groups, research organizations, and African forestry officials met from 1-2 March 2004 in Douala, Cameroon to negotiate the future of logging in Central Africa (workshop report here). After years of debating how to track logging practices in remote African rainforests, timber companies agreed to be independently monitored on more than 30 performance measures. BCTF contributed to the pre-workshop process by providing background information on estimated rates of wildlife consumption in Central Africa, and recommended specific and proxy measures for evaluating progress in curbing bushmeat exploitation in logging concessions. Several individuals from the BCTF Steering Committee and Supporting Membership participated in the workshop, which was sponsored by the German government (BMZ), World Bank, U.S. Forest Service, and the USAID Central Africa Regional Program for the Environment. Further information is available in the March 2004 issue of the Bushmeat Bulletin.

8 March 2004 BCTF held a joint meeting with the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) entitled “HEALTH MATTERS: The Importance of the Interface between Wildlife, Domestic Animal and Human Health for Conservation Success in Africa.” The meeting, hosted at Conservation International, provided an opportunity to share information and discuss examples of initiatives by conservation NGOs and government agencies to address the connections at the wildlife health/domestic animal health/human health interface. Further information is available in the March 2004 issue of the Bushmeat Bulletin.

29 March 2004 BCTF staff visited the Bronx offices of the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) to meet with key WCS staff regarding the transition to our next host institution. BCTF Director Heather E. Eves gave a brown bag talk to International Department staff regarding the history, goals and future of BCTF.

31 March 2004 BCTF’s Program Coordinator was invited to give a guest lecture to two sections of a freshman writing course at George Washington University. The course, Food Fights! The politics and pleasures of eating, focused on bushmeat issues for a portion of the semester.

April 2004 Conservation International’s 2004 annual meeting included a public session on collaboration, organized to better understand why organizations form alliances, what elements contribute to success, the challenges to cooperatively addressing an issue, and how and when to evolve or end a partnership. BCTF’s Heather Eves was among five presenters invited to share their experiences with functioning conservation collaboratives. BCTF was formed in response to a conservation crisis so large, complex and pervasive that no one organization could tackle it alone. The job of BCTF staff is to live and breathe the bushmeat issue – to stay abreast of new developments, seek out threats and solutions, and keep a diverse network informed and engaged. Our presentation highlighted the benefits of full time staff and host institution support, mechanisms for keeping partners engaged, the limits of volunteerism, and the challenge of keeping a reasonable scope of activity.

16-19 June 2004 The IFAW Forum, held in Limerick, Ireland, featured speakers and posters on the topic “Wildlife Conservation: In Pursuit of Ecological Sustainability.” The objective of the forum was to focus attention on and advance the understanding of issues surrounding the pursuit of ecologically sustainable use and the conservation of wildlife, including marine mammals and fish. BCTF Director Heather Eves spoke about the work of the organization, and how the bulk of research on hunting and wildlife consumption suggests that sustainable use is the exception rather than the rule. BCTF's Andrew Tobiason presented a poster on BCTF collaboration, networking and information management, one of four posters related to bushmeat or hunting in Africa. 

8 July 2004 Secretary of State Colin Powell announced the final recommendations of the Africa Policy Advisory Panel (APAP) contained in the newly-released report: Rising U.S. Stakes in Africa: Seven Proposals to Strengthen U.S.-Africa Policy (CSIS May 2004). The APAP was introduced in the omnibus spending bill passed in February 2003, and convened by Congress to review US policy toward Africa and identify how to strengthen US engagement in Africa. The APAP process was led by former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Walter H. Kansteiner III and directed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. BCTF was invited to participate in this process as part of the Natural Resources Conservation Working Group of APAP, led by Nick Lapham, Conservation International’s Vice President on Policy. We are pleased to note the considerable focus placed on the bushmeat issue in the final proposal and look forward to continuing our work with members to encourage the implementation of the recommendations made to the Administration.

1 August 2004 During the 2004 Annual Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology, BCTF organized and participated in a symposium, From the Forest to the City: Urban Wildlife Markets and their Contribution to the loss of tropical forest wildlife. This symposium brought together experts with extensive data on the scale of urban markets trading tropical forest wildlife across the globe, to assess the scale and dynamics of the issue, and also those who are involved in implementing solutions on the ground. This symposium was held in conjunction with another, Assessing the Sustainability of Wildlife Trade Using Data from Urban Markets, chaired by Dr. E.J. Miller-Gulland and Dr. Marcus Rowcliffe. This symposium addressed the potential and limitation of urban market data as a monitoring tool for conservation of exploited wildlife. The organizers ensured that experiences were shared between those working on fisheries and on the bushmeat trade; these two fields are addressing similar problems in their approaches to trade data, and hence there is great potential for cross-fertilization of ideas.

8 August 2004 The US Department of State organized a workshop in Rosslyn, Virginia of NGO’s and US Government Agencies titled: Wildlife Survival and National Security: Enhancing Collaboration to Combat Threats to Wildlife and Related Threats to National Security. This workshop was attended by 70 representatives of government, non-government and private organizations. Dr. Elizabeth Bennett and Dr. Rebecca Hardin, BCTF Steering Committee Members, provided presentations on the bushmeat trade and linkages with health and culture, respectively. Working groups identified priority actions for addressing concerns related to wildlife, health, and national security.

8 September 2004 At the 6th International Conference on Wildlife Management in Amazonia and Latin America in Iquitos Peru, BCTF organized a workshop of wildlife experts to discuss priorities with regard to the bushmeat issue in this region. Kristen Walker Painemilla of Conservation International worked with BCTF to coordinate the speakers and helped organize and led the workshop. Results included identification of potential areas of collaboration with BCTF and Supporting Member field personnel in the Latin America region.

15 September 2004 BCTF held an executive reception at the National Press Club in Washington, DC to update members and partners in government on progress made during BCTF Phase I (2000-2004) and to introduce plans for Phase II (2005-2007). The evening featured a small awards presentation for Steering Committee members in recognition of their years of volunteer service, an interactive presentation of the Bushmeat IMAP, and a keynote address by actor and conservationist Jane Alexander.

18-23 September 2004 The American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) Annual Conference in New Orleans is attended by many BCTF member institutions. Natalie Bailey, the BCTF Program Coordinator, attended the conference and gave an update with Amy Groff of Disney's Animal Kingdom on the Bushmeat Education Resource Guide (BERG) . Natalie also presented "The Bushmeat Crisis Task Force: Making your Mark on an International Crisis," in a session entitled "Building Conservation Potential for Small Institutions."

23-24 September 2004 A conference on the theme of ‘Bushmeat and Livelihoods' was held at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL). It was organized jointly by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and ZSL, with funding from ZSL's ‘Bushmeat and Forests Conservation Programme' and ODI's ‘Wild meat, Livelihoods Security and Conservation in the Tropics Project.' Presentations were made by field workers and policy makers who have sought to bridge conservation and development perspectives. Elizabeth Bennett, Kelvin Alie and others from the BCTF Steering Committee participated.

15 October 2004 BCTF’s Program Coordinator has again been invited to give a guest lecture to two sections of a freshman writing course at George Washington University. The course, Food Fights! The politics and pleasures of eating, focuses on bushmeat issues for a portion of the semester.

29 October 2004 The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) and the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF) have organized a meeting to be held at World Wildlife Fund in Washington, DC on "Food Security and Conservation in Africa: Addressing Hunger and Farming Issues to Conserve Wildlife". The meeting Objectives include: (1) to discuss the linkages between food security and biodiversity conservation; (2) to learn about successful efforts to prevent wildlife poaching by addressing the hunger situation and farming practices of local communities; and (3) to identify areas for possible field level collaboration between the conservation community, agricultural, and food security sectors and other stakeholders in Africa. See ABCG website and select the Food Security theme to access the results of this meeting.

4-5 November 2004 BCTF Program Coordinator Natalie Bailey attended a conference organized by WCS/Bronx Zoo “The Role of Living Institutions in the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development” (DESD). More than 100 conference participants came together to devise strategies for addressing sustainability and sustainable development in educational and related programming at living institutions, using “Open Space Technologies” to convene more than 40 sessions to discuss challenging topics and create visionary plans. Bailey convened two sessions:
1) Linking Education for Sustainability between U.S. and Africa and
2) Engaging Development Groups for Education for Sustainable Development.
These sessions resulted in the formation of working groups to develop resources for educational links between the US and Africa as well as identification of appropriate development organizations to assist where conservationists are lacking resources. Overall, four priorities were identified from the conference: Establish a leadership summit of living institutions to prioritize messages and recommended actions in collaboration with pop culture and social marketing experts Develop a training program for educational staff that incorporates recommendations from the leadership summit to enable and empower educators to convey appropriate messages regarding sustainability and sustainable development Develop and implement a pilot program to measure the impact of the above activities, focusing on the cognitive, affective and behavioral changes the public experiences. Identify and circulate recommendations regarding sustainable operational practices that living institutions should implement. Full results of each session are at Bronx Zoo website


24 February 2003 BCTF made presentations to the Forum on Forestry and Natural Resource Issues in Africa, to the Rotary Club of Alexandria (West End), Virginia, and to the Philadelphia Zoo.

17 March 2003 BCTF helped organize a meeting of the Great Apes Survival Project (GrASP) held 17 March 2003 at Conservation International.

18-20 March 2003 Presentations about bushmeat and BCTF were given at the MINEF/ GrASP Cameroon planning workshop, where BCTF met with numerous partners and collaborators.

26-28 March 2003 BCTF was pleased to participate in the CITES Bushmeat Working Group’s fourth official meeting in Douala, Cameroon. Members discussed the recent policy and legislation review that was commissioned by the CITES BWG, their upcoming activities as they fit into their priority action plan and training of bushmeat focal points (national bushmeat officers). BCTF followed up on these points as well as fundraising. Minutes and results of the meeting are available here .

22 April 2003 The Zoological Society of San Diego represented BCTF at a booth shared with the African Conservancy at the Earth Fair in San Diego. We provided a continuous looping PowerPoint presentation, Bushmeat Promise information cards, and new BCTF pins in exchange for donations.

30 June – 12 July 2003 École pour la Formation des Spécialistes de la Faune de Garoua, Cameroon BCTF worked with Curriculum Developers and BCTF Steering Committee members regarding syllabus, instructors and selection of trainees for the training course that ran 30 June – 12 July 2003. Evaluations indicate the course was very successful, although a future course may focus on field personnel rather than management, and be taught in the context of a real protected area.

September 2003 The Bushmeat Education Resource Guide (BERG) was officially launched to an enthusiastic crowd at the 2003 AZA annual conference in September, where BCTF participated in a training session on the BERG and a panel on overconsumption issues. Resources available in the BERG include a training manual, middle school curriculum, programs and activities, signage templates, evaluation tools and the Bushmeat Promise Campaign . Other institutions represented on this panel included Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Philadelphia Zoo, World Wildlife Fund and the Monterey Bay Aquarium

16 October 2003 African Forest Ministers agree to monitor bushmeat, seek better wildlife management. In a landmark agreement, 40 nations around the world agreed to improve forest management across Africa, with intentions to reduce corruption, improve sustainability of timber use, and address the bushmeat trade through wildlife management and monitoring. Dr. Elizabeth Bennett, BCTF Steering Committee Member and Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Hunting and Wildlife Trade Program, led discussions regarding wildlife management and the bushmeat trade as part of forest management considerations in the recent Africa Forest Law Enforcement and Governance (AFLEG) Ministerial meetings in Yaoundé, Cameroon. The resulting declaration was signed on 16 October 2003 by 40 producer and consumer nations, from sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, North America, and Asia. A detailed report of this meeting is available here .

16-19 October 2003 BCTF held a planning meeting held 16-19 October 2003 at the White Oak Conservation Center in Yulee, Florida. BCTF Steering Committee members affirmed the continuing need for BCTF and its collaborative approach towards addressing the unsustainable, illegal, and commercial bushmeat trade. After four years of effort, 2004 will be marked by reflection on our progress and transition to a new phase of outreach and service. Further information is available in the Bushmeat Bulletin and in AZA’s magazine Communiqué.

13 November 2003, BCTF Supporting Member African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) sponsored two events that highlighted the importance of including more women and more business in conservation. In the morning, a panel of distinguished women conservation leaders led discussion at a Women in African Conservation breakfast at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. In the afternoon, businessmen, conservationists, political leaders and economic development specialists took part in a symposium AWF co-sponsored with the Corporate Council on Africa, Conservation is Good Business. BCTF staff attended the meetings.

December 2003 BCTF Information Services Coordinator Andrew Tobiason participated in a two-day meeting organized by USAID's CARPE to identify performance monitoring indicators for assessment of progress in the 11 priority landscapes of the Congo Basin Forest Partnership initiative. Andrew gave an overview of the Bushmeat IMAP project and partnership with Global Forest Watch. Following the meeting, BCTF provided recommendations for using bushmeat monitoring, capacity monitoring and other indicators as proxies for wildlife health.

10-12 December 2003 BCTF was honored to participate in “Conservation in Crisis: Experiences and Prospects for Saving Africa’s Natural Resources,” a symposium organized by the College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM), Mweka, Tanzania. The BCTF Program Coordinator gave a keynote address on bushmeat, and facilitated discussions about bushmeat curriculum development among participants from CAWM and École de Faune de Garoua (EFG), Cameroon. Further information may be found in the December 2003 Bushmeat Bulletin.

16 December 2003 - BCTF and Conservation International worked together to coordinate a workshop that considered strategies for developing a bushmeat public awareness campaign for Central Africa. Participants prioritized ten objectives (see below) and three critical publics to reach – key decision makers, urban consumers and media professionals. Further information may be found in the December 2003 Bushmeat Bulletin.


4-9 February 2002 Natalie Bailey, Program Coordinator, attended the AZA Conservation Education Schools for a week of training regarding development of education projects for AZA institutions as part of our joint CEC-BCTF effort to develop a Bushmeat Resource Guide for member institutions.

19 February 2002 BCTF participated in a Congressional Briefing on HIV/AIDS and Bushmeat organized by the Center for Health and Global Environment (CHGE) of the Harvard Medical School and Supporting Member The Jane Goodall Institute among others. The CHGE produced a briefing sheet on the linkages between bushmeat hunting and HIV/AIDS.

22-24 March 2002 The Garoua Wildlife College bushmeat curriculum development workshop in Cameroon was an enormous success, bringing together wildlife experts from throughout Central and West Africa to define training needs regarding bushmeat. Full workshop report is available here (French and English). BCTF also met with the members and representatives of the CITES Bushmeat Working Group during this visit to Cameroon.

April 2002 BCTF held a session at the Council on Foundations annual conference, where BCTF SC Chair Dr. Michael Hutchins chaired a session that included presentations by Marcellin Agnagna (CITES Bushmeat Working Group Chair), Abdoulaye Ndiaye (MacArthur Foundation) and William Moses (Kresge Foundation).

April 2002 BCTF Program Coordinator Natalie Bailey gave presentations on our progress towards developing the Bushmeat Resource Guide to the CEC midyear meeting at the AZA Eastern Regional Conference in Mystic, CT. In addition, we held formal discussions for making the bushmeat issue a priority in the Ape TAG’s developing action plan.

5-7 May 2002 During our second Bushmeat Training Development Workshop, held 5-7 May at the College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, Tanzania, more than 40 participants from throughout East Africa gathered to discuss they key issues regarding the bushmeat trade in the region and to outline three training programs and to identify the key groups of trainees that would benefit most from a bushmeat training course. We also had the opportunity to again meet with all three directors of the wildlife colleges to discuss common interests and goals. A meeting report can be found here and the full workshop report is available which are available here .

28 May 2002 BCTF Director Heather E. Eves and Steering Committee Members Dr. Elizabeth Bennett and Dr. Bryan Carroll attended a meeting of the UK Bushmeat Awareness Campaign (now defunct) on 28 May 2002 at the Zoological Society of London. During this meeting, participants reviewed the state of the bushmeat crisis in Africa, including causes and potential solutions, and decided on next steps that should be taken in the UK and the European Community.

1-4 June 2002 BCTF presented several talks in conjunction with the American Society of Primatologists 2002 annual conference, including a half-day session organized for the primate TAGs. Speakers included Natalie Bailey, BCTF; Kristen Lukas, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo; Janette Wallis, American Society of Primatologists; and Tara Stoinski, Zoo Atlanta. Natalie Bailey and Kristen Lukas led working groups on incorporating BCTF goals into TAG 3-year action plans, individual action and institutional action.

6-11 June 2002 BCTF participated in the Conservation International and International Society for Ecosystem Health “Healthy People, Healthy Ecosystems” conference held 6-11 June 2002 in Washington, DC. BCTF worked with Steering Committee Member Dr. Rebecca Hardin to organize a working group on “Changing Wildlife Use and Emergent Disease”. A policy roundtable was held at the conclusion of the working group with extremely helpful input from key decision makers from Department of Interior, Department of Agriculture, and Department of State.

11 July 2002 BCTF played a large role in assisting with preparations for the House Resource Subcommittee on Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans (Chaired by Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest (R-MD)), Oversight Hearing on Bushmeat which was held on 11 July 2002. BCTF Director and Program Coordinator worked very closely with the sub-committee’s offices and assisted with recommendations for witnesses, reviewing draft testimony, making preparations for Marcellin Agnagna's travel, and following up with key contacts. Please click here to read more about BCTF’s role in the hearing and the full testimony of all witnesses. The testimony of Dr. Michael Hutchins, who testified on behalf of BCTF, may be found here .

14-19 July 2002 BCTF worked with Steering Committee Members Dr. Liz Bennett and Dr. David Wilkie and Supporting Member Dr. John Robinson, all from WCS, to organize a full session, Mitigating unsustainable hunting and the bushmeat trade in tropical forest countries: using science to change practices at the Society for Conservation Biology Annual Meeting in Canterbury, UK (14-19 July). This session was combined with an additional session addressing over harvesting issues, Approaches to conserving exploited species in marine and terrestrial ecosystems, organized by Dr. E.J. Milner-Gulland of Imperial College London and Dr. Mohammed Bakarr of Conservation International. Collaborative publications resulting from these sessions were published in issues of Oryx (several documents in the Forum section are available for free download) and Trends in Ecology and Evolution.

6-8 August 2002 The third Bushmeat Training Development Workshop was held at the Southern African Wildlife College in South Africa from 6-8 August. More than 30 representatives of 10 countries met to outline the needs for three bushmeat curricula aimed at protected area manager & law enforcement officers, educators and community leaders. BCTF SC member Reg Hoyt (Senior Vice President, Conservation & Science, Philadelphia Zoo) served as the official representative of BCTF. A meeting report is available here .

September 2002 BCTF presented in two sessions at the AZA 2002 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. During the Bushmeat Education Resource Guide (BERG) session, Amy Groff (Disney’s Animal Kingdom), Natalie Bailey (BCTF), Penny Jarrett (Cincinatti Zoo), Barbara Revard (Columbus Zoo & Aquarium), Angela Peterson (Disney’s Animal Kingdom) and Tara Stoinski (Zoo Atlanta) presented a preview of the BERG, giving participants an opportunity to evaluate the products. BCTF continues in its collaboration with the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) to assist with the development of bushmeat educational materials for these institutions that care for the orphans of the bushmeat trade. Doug Cress, PASA Secretariat, attended the AZA Annual Conference and assisted BCTF in encouraging more AZA institutions to get involved in conservation activities on the ground in Africa. BCTF also held a special session to update our Supporting Members and potential members on our activities since the 2001 AZA Annual Conference. BCTF Director Heather E. Eves presented certificates of appreciation to each Supporting Member to thank them for their continued contributions and support for the work of BCTF.

November 2002: BCTF attended the CITES CoP 12 in Santiago, Chile to meet with members of the CITES Bushmeat Working Group and discuss development of bushmeat action programs in Central Africa. The document originally drafted by BCTF and submitted by the CITES Secretariat, Document 12.62 , was accepted and the CBWG was approved for continuation for the next two years.


24-26 January 2001 The first meeting of the CITES Bushmeat Working Group took place 24-26 January 2001 in Douala, Cameroon. BCTF was instrumental in enabling the establishment of the CITES Bushmeat Working Group. The communiqué of this meeting is available here.

17 March 2001 BCTF collaborated with the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG) to host a meeting of DC-based experts working on the bushmeat issue as a pre-meeting for the May gathering. Click here for the results of this important meeting that set the stage for final preparations for the May meeting.

17-21 May 2001 BCTF held an extremely successful Collaborative Action Planning Meeting involving over 150 bushmeat experts and professionals interested in the bushmeat issue who originated from over 20 different countries. The results of the meeting were compiled into proceedings documents which are available here .

17 June 2001 BCTF participated in the Partnership to Cut Hunger in Africa meetings at Georgetown University. The Partnership was founded in early 2000 to mobilize public and private support in the United States for increased levels of assistance to Africa. The Partnership also seeks to create consensus among Africans and Americans about the steps needed to increase the effectiveness of aid, and bring about real progress in the fight end hunger in Africa. During these meetings, the Partnership released their document: Now is the Time: A Plan to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa.

June 2001 BCTF Director Heather E. Eves participated in a CBSG meeting on Biocomplexity which may result in further collaboration with that process.

24 July 2001 BCTF held a meeting at AZA with member educators to plan the development of the Bushmeat Education Resource Guide (BERG) . The group developed a survey that was used to evaluate the level of interest and needs for bushmeat education resources.

September 2001 BCTF attended and provided two presentations at the AZA Annual Conference including a meeting with the CEC members. Amy Groff, Training Proprietor at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, shared results of two recent studies (Zoo Atlanta and BCTF) that identified a marked interest and need for bushmeat education materials. One of the most powerful bits of survey data was that 90% of respondents felt that the bushmeat crisis story should be included in their institution’s master plan, while 72% said that it was not currently a part of their long range plans. A summary of the CEC meeting is available here .

17-20 September 2001: Presentations were prepared and submitted for the IUCN/SSC's meeting "Links between Biodiversity Conservation, Livelihoods and Food Security: the sustainable use of wild species for meat." BCTF submitted two papers for the meeting - a summary on antelopes and the bushmeat trade as well as a summary of the BCTF.

12-16 November 2001 BCTF attended and hosted a bushmeat session at the SBSTTA meetings for the Convention on Biodiversity in Montreal. A Bushmeat Liaison Group was recommended [select the document for the results of the 7th SBSTTA Meeting and see page 42 in the English Version - Annex 1 Element 1 Goal 4 Objective 2].

28 November – 2 December 2001 BCTF Director Heather E. Eves attended and provided a presentation to the Zoos & Aquariums Committing to Conservation Conference hosted by the Brevard Zoo in Florida.


16-20 February 2000, National Summit on Africa, Washington DC: Exactly one year after the BCTF was established and six weeks after formal offices were opened, BCTF produced a 4-page information document on the bushmeat issue, which was distributed via Supporting Member information booth at the event. The National Summit on Africa was formed to educate the American public about Africa and about US-Africa relations; to broaden and strengthen the network of Africa’s supporters in the U.S., and to develop a policy plan of action to guide U.S. relations with the countries and peoples of Africa. The Dialogue and Celebration of Africa in Washington, DC finalized a National Plan of Action for US-Africa relations, and was submitted to policy makers and US government representatives. Numerous contacts that have become part of the BCTF network were initiated at this event.

31 March – 01 April 2000, War and Tropical Forests: New Perspectives on Conservation in Areas of Armed Conflict, New Haven, CT: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and International Society of Tropical Foresters, Yale University Student Chapter, New Haven, Connecticut hosted this conference. This conference addressed many of the issues facing conservationists and scientific professionals working in areas of conflict. Dr. Andrew Plumptre (BCTF Steering Committee member), Omari Ilambu, Drs. Annette Lanjouw, and Dr. Juichi Yamagiwa gave presentations relevant to bushmeat in areas of conflict in Africa. BCTF Coordinator Heather E. Eves attended the meeting and reviewed several papers for the final publication produced from the meeting.

28 April 2000, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Bristol Zoo, UK, This meeting was attended by 16 individuals representing 13 organizations concerned with the bushmeat crisis. As a result of this meeting, a working group was formed to address the bushmeat crisis through EAZA member institutions. BCTF Coordinator, Heather E. Eves, participated in the meeting, and presented information on the formation and activities of the BCTF.

10-19 April 2000, CITES COP11 Nairobi, Kenya A proposal submitted to CITES by the UK ( CITES Doc 11.44 ) and supported by numerous delegate countries, range states, and NGOs -- including the BCTF -- established the CITES Bushmeat Working Group (CBWG). This working group is intended to be a collaborative effort, directed by range state representatives, and supported by other nations and NGOs. BCTF worked very hard during CoP 11 to assure the passing of this document and to provide follow-up support to the CITES Bushmeat Working Group which ultimately enabled $285,000 in grant funds to support the group’s activities (see Key Decision Maker document).

10-13 May 2000, The Apes: Challenges for the 21st Century, Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, Illinois: Conference participants showed enormous interest in the bushmeat trade with over 70 attendees at the Thursday night Bushmeat Working Group (moderated by Heather E. Eves and Omari Ilambu) and an estimated 150 attendees at the Bushmeat Session focusing on an overview of the bushmeat crisis (Dr. David Wilkie), the role of market women (Christina Ellis) and the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force, (H. E. Eves). Steering Committee member Dr. Tony Rose and Listserv member Dr. Kerry Bowman held a concurrent session which was also extremely well-received. The working group resulted in five separate action groups: development of a projects database, declaration to key decision makers, determining causes and identifying appropriate solutions, reaffirmation of AZA commitment to in-situ conservation, and formation of a keeper action group.

18 May 2000, Capitol Hill Event with Jane Goodall, Washington DC This BCTF event brought together government officials, agency representatives, conservation organizations, animal welfare organizations and concerned individuals to discuss the bushmeat crisis in Africa, and the role that each of them can play in finding solutions to the crisis. The event was attended by hundreds of key decision makers.

24-25 May 2000, Vétérinaires Sans Frontières-Gabon Since January 1997, VSF-Gabon has worked to improve methods of ranching bushmeat species to provide income to local people as well as an alternative to bushmeat hunting. In May 2000, BCTF Coordinator Heather E. Eves attended a workshop hosted by VSF and visited the project while meeting with colleagues working on the bushmeat issue from around the region.

20 June 2000, Great Ape Conservation Act Congressional Hearing, Washington DC Christine Wolf, Vice-Chair of the BCTF and Richard Lattis, President of AZA along with other BCTF Supporting Member representatives, testify on Capitol Hill concerning the Great Ape Conservation Act and the Keystone Species Conservation Act. The Great Ape Conservation Act passes the House Committee on Resources (July 19, 2000)

24-28 September 2000, AZA 2000 Annual Conference, Orlando Florida BCTF held a session at the AZA 2000 Annual Conference which was attended by over 500 people. This session formed the basis for many new members of the BCTF and raised awareness among the AZA community regarding this important conservation issue. The results of the session were published in the proceedings of the meeting.

October 2000, IUCN World Congress, Amman, Jordan: BCTF drafted and worked with three of its Supporting Members - AZA, Chicago Zoological Society, and WCS - to develop the bushmeat motion submitted to IUCN which was passed as a formal IUCN Resolution on Bushmeat at the 2000 World Congress in Amman, Jordan.

November 2000, Wildlife Management in Logging Concessions Workshop, Lopé, Gabon: This workshop was co-organised by Caroline Tutin (CIRMF) and Robert Nasi (CIFOR) under the Association pour le Développement de l’Information Environnementale (ADIE) and its thematic families (Forêt and Biodiversité). It was co-funded directly by CIFOR, CI, FFEM, US Forest Service, WWF-CARPO with the support of the World Bank Institute (translation of WB SFM and Wildlife & Hunting papers into French) and the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force. Logistical support and organisation was provided with great efficiency by the Regional coordination unit of ADIE (URGC) in Libreville. A preliminary report was provided following the conclusion of the conference.

13-15 December 2000, College of African Wildlife Management, Mweka, Tanzania BCTF sponsored a bushmeat session at a major international conference: African Wildlife Management in the New Millennium. This conference was organized and hosted by the Mweka College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania. Supported speakers included Mr. Marcellin Agnagna, Director of Wildlife and Protected Areas for the Republic of Congo; Dr. David S. Wilkie, BCTF Steering Committee Member; Dr. Ben Mutayoba, Professor at Sokoine University; and Mr. Rob Barnett, TRAFFIC East and Southern Africa. The conference and session were an enormous success and the BCTF office has received many follow-up requests for information. For more information about the conference and a copy of the conference report from Dr. Wilkie click here .

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