Balancing the interests of wildlife and rural communities: Lessons from Buabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary in Ghana

    | June 23, 2014

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    This week’s story on ecotourism in Côte d’Ivoire mentions that one of the threats to preserving wildlife and the natural world is the expansion of farmland into forested areas. Our script of the week touches on the same theme, focusing on the sometimes conflicted relationship between farmers and wildlife.

    Sometimes wildlife can damage farms and destroy crops. And sometimes farming activities, including clearing forest for farming, can harm wildlife and destroy their habitat. How can farming and wildlife co-exist? People need to farm, but no-one wants to needlessly harm wildlife. What is the answer?

    Some communities have found an answer by creating wildlife reserves which generate tourist income. In some cases, these areas are also protected by traditional beliefs which prohibit people from harming the animals in the reserve. Although this script profiles only one example from Ghana, there are similar cases all over Africa, and indeed all over the world.

    As a broadcaster, you can help to solve conflicts between farming and wildlife preservation by interviewing people who represent both interests, and by broadcasting examples, like the Buabeng-Fiema monkey sanctuary highlighted in this script, in which communities have successfully balanced the interests of wildlife and the needs of farmers.

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