About the Bushmeat Research Initiative


Established by CIFOR in 2011, the Bushmeat Research Initiative (BRI) brings together diverse researchers and practitioners to generate and share knowledge on bushmeat harvesting, marketing and consumption across Latin America, Africa and Asia. The initiative was established under the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry..

The BRI builds on more than 20 years of work by CIFOR scientists and partners. Since 1993, CIFOR-affiliated publications on bushmeat have greatly influenced global policies and initiatives. Since 2013, CPW publications have also begun to have a global impact.

The BRI’s work is already influencing wildlife conservation and policy decision-making worldwide. Its members have contributed to a range of initiatives by agencies, institutions and other conservation practitioners, including the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW).

The research team is active in the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Liaison Group on Bushmeat, whose recommendations have been adopted by the Conference of Parties to the Convention.

BRI and partner scientists work towards three main strategic objectives:

  1. To strengthen the evidence base for effective interventions
  2. To identify knowledge gaps and main areas where further work is required
  3. To recommend potential policy changes to mitigate the impacts of

Collaborative action and research on the sustainable use of bushmeat is limited by a lack of mechanisms for sharing data. Through this website, the Bushmeat Research Initiative (BRI) aims to address this issue by providing a comprehensive open-access database of bushmeat-related research in tropical forests, intended to support institutions in their efforts to build networks, acquire data, and share and collaborate with partners.

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  • Non-Wood Forest Product Newsletter on bushmeat featuring CIFOR researchers

    In this first issue for 2015, we tackle bushmeat, or the harvesting of wild animals from forests for food and non-food purposes (medicine, culture, recreation). Bushmeat has long been a

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