The Project - Step 1

Large amounts of bushmeat have been seized

Provide technical assistance to local authorities, especially the forest and wildlife service, to manage and protect the Campo-Ma'an National Park, and strengthen their capacity to patrol the park and fight against poaching.

When WWF took over the project from Tropenbos and SNV, the park was no longer being patrolled and guards had not been paid for several months.

Following WWF involvement, there are now 25 guards covering the entire zone, sharing four surveillance posts.

Since August 2003, dozens of guns, hundreds of snares, and large amounts of bushmeat - mainly antelopes but also a few gorillas and other monkeys - have been seized, hunting camps have been destroyed, and poachers prosecuted.

These are encouraging results, especially after such a long period of inactivity. To improve the efficiency of surveillance operations, WWF believes that ten additional guards will have to be recruited among the local population.

WWF is also facilitating discussions with Cameroon's Ministry of Environment and Forests (MINEF) to increase anti-poaching efforts by putting in place surveillance committees.

WWF is supporting MINEF by paying for the guards' salaries, maintenance, and equipment (i.e. vehicles, camping gear, positioning systems, and communications), and the functioning of the surveillance posts.

The guards have been trained in data collection techniques and community management methods. In addition, the project provides them with legal training, in particular on prosecution of poachers. Paramilitary training is also planned.

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