Call edition 2012
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This study fits well into the context of biodiversity preservation, particularly at a time when there is an increasing emphasis being placed on allowing and ensuring the sustainable use of this biodiversity, which, in fact, is the second fundamental objective of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). For the past few years those involved in biodiversity have sought to form links with people working in development aid by drawing attention to the economic role – including in relation to food – that biodiversity, particularly wild fauna, plays when it comes to the living conditions of the local populations living in or near the forests.
There are in fact few studies of this type on a dense tropical forest environment, precisely because it is difficult to observe wild fauna. A solid scientific basis is needed, however, in order to be able to judiciously direct management strategies as sustainable and participative as possible. Having established the diagnosis of density/composition of the fauna, having carried out the sampling tests (hunting) and having established the scenarios, this thesis puts forward a concrete proposal for a management system that allows this communal management area of cynegetic interest in south east Cameroon to fulfil its role by reconciling the goal of sustainable conservation of biological diversity with the goal of meeting the food requirements and economic needs of the local population. The study also clearly recognizes the limits of this type of exercise, due to the imperfect nature of the tools, the methods and the data available and to outside factors that may have affected the results in some way. Taking into account these observations, the management proposal is accompanied by a recommendation for thorough follow-up in order to rectify any possible errors and avoid uncertainties.
This study has been carried out with exactness and realism, making it a truly interesting contribution in the process of identifying co-operation activities aiming to strengthen the interaction between the preservation of biodiversity and the reduction of poverty. This is a study that will be useful to circulate at future conferences and symposia, especially within the framework of the CBD.
report: Mr A. Jacques de Dixmude, Environment Expert, Directorate-General of Development Co-operation, Brussels, Belgium