|Wildlife Crime Prevention
|Tackling Illegal Wildlife Trade
A Problem-Oriented Strategy to Tackle the Illegal Bushmeat Trade in Zambia
The bushmeat trade is the single greatest threat to wildlife in Zambia. LRF provided WCP with a grant to develop a focussed bushmeat programme, designed to tackle the illegal and commercial trade in bushmeat. This threat affects lions both by reducing the prey on which they depend, and also by causing direct mortality of lions in snares. With LRF support, WCP are adopting a multi-pronged strategy to deal with this threat; involving a) intelligence-based anti-trafficking to disrupt trade in bushmeat; b) support for the judiciary when dealing with bushmeat-related crimes; c) demand-reduction campaigns; d) the provision of alternative legal bushmeat supplies. A substantial second grant was issued in 2021 to allow for this work to be continued.