PASA Human-Wildlife Conflict Workshop Slated for Cameroon

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Community Engagement as Pathway to Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution

One of the few places on earth where gorillas and chimpanzees still exist in the wild.

The Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) is staging a regional human-wildlife conflict resolution workshop for Cameroon member sanctuaries in Yaoundé, Cameroon, July 26-28, 2015.

Regional Influences on Human-Wildlife Conflict
PASA member sanctuaries Ape Action Africa, Limbe Wildife Centre and Sanaga-Yong Rescue Center will send education and community engagement delegates to Yaoundé for the 3-day conference to examine regional influences on the challenges presented by human-wildlife competition for resources.

Individuals with real-world, on-the-ground expertise with target communities, delegates will evaluate a portfolio of actual and proposed community engagement strategies to achieve desired human-wildlife conflict outcomes.

Cameroon: Biodiversity Hotspot
Cameroon comprises part of Africa’s Congo Basin, the world’s second largest tropical forest. It remains one of the few places on earth where gorillas and chimpanzees still exist in the wild. Cameroon also possesses oil, iron ore, exotic timbers and a growing human population. Strategies determined at this conference may well prove to be effective in primate conservation in other geographies.

About PASA
PASA member sanctuaries are on the front lines of conservation of primates - chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and monkeys - across Africa. Twenty-two independent conservation centers in 13 countries rescue and rehabilitate orphaned primates, deliver the highest standards of care, develop reintroduction and release programs when possible, and work tirelessly with communities, law enforcement and governments to protect these animals in the wild.

PASA: Susan Lutter, Susan(at)ActforGreatApes(dot)org, +1 650 283 5271

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