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Working with the local population for the conservation of chimpanzees


Workshop “Working with the local population for the conservation of chimpanzees
December 5, 2016 – Cantanhez (Guinea-Bissau)
December 8, 2016 – Bissau (Guinea-Bissau)

Org. CRIA, IBAP, ARCUS Foundation

This Workshop is a follow-up to projects developed by researchers at CRIA to examine human-chimpanzee relations in Guinea-Bissau, including the project “Where humans and chimpanzees meet: assessing sympatry throughout Africa using a multi-tiered approach” (PTDC/CS-ANT/121124/2010).

In collaboration with key local and government stakeholders, we will discuss and share expertise on ways to promote chimpanzee conservation, while addressing the associated concerns of local people, in human-impacted areas in Guinea-Bissau. Two workshops will take place, one in Iembérem, Cantanhez, on the 5th December) and one in Bissau on the 8th December.

The aims of this participatory workshop are:

  1. To increase awareness across all stakeholders present at the workshop of the critically endangered status of chimpanzees in Guinea-Bissau and to raise the national conservation profile of Pan troglodytes verus.
  2. To identify the main conservation threats to chimpanzees in Guinea-Bissau, in particular in Cantanhez National Park, and use this information to develop of a clear strategy for chimpanzee conservation that takes into account the needs and opinions of local people.
  3. To discuss potential strategies for communication of identified conservation threats to chimpanzees with the population (Bissau and Cantanhez).



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