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Rural bushmeat consumption within multiple-use protected areas: qualitative evidence from southwest Madagascar

Gardner, Charlie J., Davies, Zoe G. (2014) Rural bushmeat consumption within multiple-use protected areas: qualitative evidence from southwest Madagascar. Human Ecolgy, 42 (1). pp. 21-34. ISSN 1572-9915. (doi:10.1007/s10745-013-9629-1) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Ensuring the sustainability of bushmeat consumption is critical for both biodiversity conservation and poverty alleviation in tropical developing countries, yet we know little about the role of hunting and bushmeat consumption in the daily lives of rural communities.We provide the first detailed, qualitative examination of bushmeat hunting activities conducted by a rural community within one of Madagascar’s new, multiple-use protected areas, in order to inform appropriate management strategies. Results suggest that most species are eaten, but that few are favoured above domestic meat. Hunting is generally a secondary pursuit, carried out opportunistically during the course of other activities, although its importance does increase in times of food stress. Management focused on increasing domestic meat availability and directing hunting effort away from sensitive species may improve the sustainability of hunting, but development interventions to reduce forest dependence may be required to promote conservation and poverty alleviation simultaneously.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/s10745-013-9629-1
Uncontrolled keywords: Biodiversity conservation Forest resource-use Hunting Poverty alleviation Sustainable use
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Zoe Davies
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2014 07:41 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/43272 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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