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Sustainable Hunting Management: Local Communities Experiment with an Innovative and Resilient Approach in Gabon (French)

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This story excerpt was translated from French. To read the original story in full, visit MediaPoste. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website here. Our RJF website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.


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In Ogooué-Ivindo, in northeastern Gabon, 20 villages and village groups are vigorously pursuing this new approach to biodiversity conservation.

The sustainable management of hunting, a project of Professor John Poulsen of Duke University in the U.S. in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Gabon's Ministry of Water and Forests, the Sea and the Environment, the Research Institute for Tropical Ecology, and Omar Bongo University.


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To ensure a better balance between man and nature, the project of "sustainable management of hunting by local communities" started from a damning observation based on the scarcity, in the early 2020s, of bushmeat in the forests adjacent to several villages. This is the result of a number of factors based on human activity. The idea, matured by a team of researchers, will take shape in the Ivindo department.


A view of slaughtered animals. Image by MediaPoste. Gabon, 2022.