• Threatened species conservation

Establishment of 5 pilot fish ponds for the preservation of bonobos

ICON/BTN/arrow/2/arrow-down Created with Sketch. Establishment of 5 pilot fish ponds for the preservation of bonobos

The forests located in Equateur Province, northwest of the Democratic Republic of Congo, are home to an endemic primate species, the Bonobo (Pan paniscus, EN).

 

Bonobo populations are threatened by intensive hunting for bushmeat. The project, led by the Basankusu and Bolomba Ecosystem Conservation Support Group, (GACEBB), which has been working in the region since 2009, is taking place in 8 forest villages, (200 km²), located near Basankusu, 500 km from the capital of the Province, Mbandaka.

 

GACEBB has already carried out a PPI project, between 2014 and 2015, which provided good results and by directly associating traditional hunters and sellers for the production of domestic goat meat, as an alternative to bushmeat.

 

The main objective of this project is to protect the bonobo and its habitat by developing another alternative to the consumption of bushmeat through fish farming. This project is part of a global program: “Great Apes of Central Africa of the PPI” (PPI-GSAC) which is a joint initiative developed by 6 African Civil Society Organizations, partners of the PPI in Central Africa whose objective is the pooling of their experiences and an action program.