Wildlife monitoring practices and use in Central Africa: how does it contribute to conservation?

pic1Monitoring is an essential part of adaptive management, and is necessary for evaluating the outcomes of conservation action. Ecological monitoring plays other roles in conservation, serving as an important communication tool for illustrating the plight of a species, demonstrating the outcomes of payment for ecosystem services schemes, and testing the success of different types of protected areas.

Some results presented in the report show that:

  • Some form of monitoring takes place in 66% of central African protected areas (PAs). Most of the unknown monitoring status can be attributed to the DRC, followed by Central African Republic.
  • Most monitoring is focused on wide-ranging species that are also collectively surveyed, such as elephants, apes and some red duikers.

Based on the process of collating biological monitoring information and early analyses, this report offers a number of recommendations for improving the utility of biological monitoring, such as:

  • Experimenting with new methods, but ensure that future surveys remain compatible with existing data
  • Recognizing the importance of good management surveys
  • Ensuring that pilot surveys are cost-effective
  • Creating incentives for increasing the quality and dissemination of ecological monitoring results

This report has been accompanied by a series of factsheets on a variety monitoring techniques, providing methodological detail and an entry into specialized literature.

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