USFWS MENTOR Fellowship Program
There is an urgent need for information, capacity and action to address the illegal and unsustainable trade in bushmeat as hunting is on the rise in eastern Africa. The market for illegal bushmeat -- a term applied to any wild game in Africa hunted for food or income-- is taking a heavy toll on wildlife. The pressure on wildlife species such as the hippopotamus from poaching could jeopardize the long-term health and viability of wildlife. However, the threat is not just to wildlife, but also the lucrative tourist industry that is one of the region's biggest employers.
professionals and build cutting-edge curriculum for institutions of higher learning. The 18 month post-graduate diploma course for the 2008/2009 MENTOR Fellowship Program used a team approach to achieve two principal learning outcomes: 1) To Analyze the Bushmeat Challenges in Eastern Africa, and 2) To Demonstrate Bushmeat Solutions. The program is built on sound science, a clear understanding of the ecology of eastern Africa, and an awareness of the current conservation and development issues driving the illegal bushmeat trade in the region.
MENTOR Fellow's Bushmeat Field Assessments
The eight Fellows from Kenya, Southern Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda, who were selected in February 2008,
spent 6 months at the College of African Wildlife Management taking specially designed coursework on bushmeat solutions and challenges
and 12 months in the field under the guidance of experienced conservation Mentors conducting field assessments and implementing pilot projects toward bushmeat solutions.
Following are the results of their bushmeat field assessments:
MENTOR Fellowship Program Accomplishments 2008-2009
Following are the results of the MENTOR Fellows' field implementation projects that used a multi-pronged approach to dealing
with bushmeat by leveraging partnerships on bushmeat awareness, economic and protein alternatives, and law enforcement.
Additional Resources & Links:
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG): http://www.abcg.org
Bushmeat Crisis Task Force (BCTF): http://www.bushmeat.org
Bushmeat-free Eastern Africa Network (BEAN): http://www.bushmeatnetwork.org
College of African Wildlife Management (CAWM)-Mweka, Tanzania: http://www.mwekawildlife.org
MENTOR Fellows' Webpages: http://frameweb.org/CommunityBrowser.aspx?id=2374&lang=en-US
MENTOR Fellowship Program Website: http://www.mentorfellowshipprogram.org/
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders Africa Program Website: http://www.fws.gov/international/DIC/regional%20programs/africa/Africa.html
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