This online event will explore why people eat wild meat and how to design interventions that can help improve sustainability and safety.
The COVID-19 pandemic has focused global attention on the safety of wildlife trade and consumption. Amid growing concerns around its impact on biodiversity conservation, there is recognition that wild meat is key for food security in many communities as well as global food systems.
This IIED Debates event will explore emerging research into why people eat wild meat and how this evidence can be used to help sustainable wild meat alternatives succeed.
Unsustainable hunting and consumption of wild meat is a known driver of biodiversity loss and can also have implications for public health. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a call for a total ban on wild meat trade and consumption.
Yet millions of people across the globe depend on wild meat as an important contribution to food security. In many rural areas, wild meat is the key source of protein in peoples’ diet and so preventing its consumption would pose a major threat to their livelihoods and wellbeing. It is therefore critical to improve understanding of why people eat wild meat, in order to design interventions that can help improve sustainability and safety.
Our speakers will discuss what kind of ‘wild meat alternative’ interventions local people do and do not find acceptable.
How can decision-support tools help intervention designers think through critical issues? And what are the implications of these findings for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) guidance on wild meat and for the design of future projects?
Jasmin Willis is a research consultant at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and a visiting research fellow of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science at University of Oxford
Professor EJ Milner-Gulland is director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Conservation Science at University of Oxford
Professor Julia Fa is a professor of natural sciences at the Manchester Metropolitan University
This event is part of the IIED Debates series. Through the convening of expert speakers and external stakeholders, IIED brings together an international community to discuss critical issues.
IIED Debates encompass both physical and digital events, including critical themes, breakfast debriefs and webinars. These events are public and are hosted regularly throughout the year online and when possible in our London and Edinburgh offices.
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Welcome and introductions
Moderator: Dilys Roe
Introductory scene setting talk on rationale for the webinar and the projects behind it
Presenter: Professor EJ Milner-Gulland
Talk 1: Why Eat Wild Meat? Drivers of consumption drawing on an international literature review and fieldwork in Cameroon
Presenter: Stephanie Brittain
Talk 2: Perceptions of Covid-19 and impact on wild meat consumption around the DFR
Presenter: Cedric Thibaut Kamogne Tagne
Talk 3: Designing wild meat alternative projects: Project preferences from Cameroon and intro to the DST to help improve project design