Central African World Heritage Forest Initiative (CAWHFI)The Central African World Heritage Forest Initiative is an alliance composed of UNESCO and FAO, local governments and international conservation NGOs including Conservation International, ECOFAC, the Jane Goodall Institute, WCS and WWF.
The initiative aims to respond to the increasing threat of illegal hunting and unregulated bushmeat trade, using the World Heritage Sites instrument. This will be achieved by promoting and supporting the building of management regimes in blocks of outstanding forest protected areas which:
- span more than one country in Central Africa; and
- satisfy standards befitting World Heritage status.
The objectives are to combat illegal hunting and regulate bushmeat trade; strengthen law enforcement for the protection of selected protected areas, linking corridors and their buffer zones; and use the World Heritage image to improve protected areas management and long-term financing.