As we mentioned in our annual report, the community looked at ways of accessing more animal protein from sustainable, legal sources as opposed to being reliant on bushmeat hunting.
We used a pair-wise comparison process to support the communities in their decision making. The villagers elected to compare the four most obvious ways of obtaining additional animal protein, i.e. hunting, fishing, fish farming and livestock rearing. Their decison was to try and increase the amount of protein they obtained from fishing in the Dja river and its tributaries, as oppose to the other alternatives. We are therefore supporting them in their activities during this forthcoming year and will be evaluating their progress as they trial new techniques.
One thing that we are aware of is that the river can be a challenging place for fishermen. We are therefore working with the local people to provide extra safety equipment and training for sustainable, safe fishing.