There is a large mammal crisis in West and Central Africa, which has largely gone unnoticed to the international conservation community (Craigie et al, 2010). Large carnivores are keystone species. This workshop intends to share knowledge and mobilise IUCN members to take action for ecosystem restoration, with a focus on the dry savannah zone, using carnivores as ecosystem embassadors. Special focus will be on stakeholder involvement including policy makers, local governments, private sector, women and indigenous communities.
The LCI-W&C AFRICA has the following long-term objectives:
1) Establishment and strengthening of a network for large carnivore conservation in the region, while practising human-carnivore-conflict mitigation.
2) Exchange of information between partners and members of the newly established Large Carnivore Network in the region.
3) Launch of media campaigns for the general public and lobbying activities with governments and policy makers.