The Campo Ma’an forests of Cameroon belong to the Atlantic forest eco-region, a wilderness area of outstanding natural beauty and biodiversity shared with Equatorial Guinea. Increasing demand for land by growing human population, limited budgets to manage elephant populations inside the protected area, unsound land use planning, and potential pressure from illegal human activities (bush meat trade and poaching) have increased human/animal conflicts within the area thereby increasing pressure on elephant populations. Specific objectives of the project include:
* Assessing elephant density and distribution in the Campo-Ma’an National Park and adjacent forest lands to provide the basis for a long-term research and monitoring program (using GPS-Satellite tracking).
* Improving on the protection of elephants from illegal off take with regard to poaching within the park and across the borders.
* Identifying sites were human-elephant conflicts are predominant and determine the nature and extent of cop raiding in order to reach conservation and community development goals.
* Conducting community-based workshops and training to assist local populations in establishing effective policies for reducing human-elephant conflicts as well as to disseminate conservation and bush meat information to local stakeholders.