Your contributions along with support from Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund enabled PASA to provide grants of $350 for sanctuary educators to hold Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution meetings in their local communities. Human-wildlife conflict results in wild primates being killed when they compete with human populations for habitat and food, or when they are perceived as a threat or as pests. PASA educators are leading community members and local government officials in identifying these conflicts, and assessing how to resolve them and provide lasting protection for both human and wild primate communities. Educators from Tchimpounga (Republic of Congo), Lola ya bonobo (DR Congo), CSWCT (Uganda), Vervet Monkey Foundation (South Africa), Limbe Wildlife Center (Cameroon), Ape Action Africa (Cameroon) and CERCOPAN (Nigeria) are currently using these funds to hold meetings with local communities.
Planning is underway for the second professional development workshop on human-wildlife conflict and primate conservation in 2014 in Hoima, Uganda. Hoima and other areas across Uganda have been experiencing an uptick in hunting of wild chimpanzees, due to conflicts between these apes and the local communities (see http://bit.ly/18IagAv). At the 2014 workshop PASA will bring together human-wildlife conflict experts and local sanctuary staff to develop Human-Wildlife Conflict Intervention Plans that address the specific issues within communities surrounding PASA sanctuaries.
Your support will enable PASA to provide funding for sanctuary staff’s supplies, materials and community trainings to implement these plans that will provide practical, real-world solutions to human-wildlife conflicts and reduce the killing of wild primates. Some successful pilot projects include training community farmers to plant hot chili peppers around crops being raided by chimpanzees (chimpanzees dislike the hot peppers and thus avoid the target crops), and working with community residents and businesses to develop "monkey-proof" solutions to prevent property damage by vervet monkeys and baboons.
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