Challenges and Opportunities for Offsetting Damage to Western Chimpanzee Habitat in West Africa
Guinea’s newest national park, Moyen Bafing National Park, harbors one of the largest remaining populations of critically endangered western chimpanzees. But while the park represents an unprecedented effort by the private sector to offset damage done to fragile West African forest habitats, a case study from Re:wild and IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group reveals that this and other cutting-edge efforts must go even further to ensure endangered apes are truly protected.
The report outlines several important lessons for the establishment of future protected areas, including:
- Emphasizing the importance of avoiding damage to great ape habitats in the first place.
- Ensuring permanent protection of ape habitats, particularly in light of the long lives and slow reproduction times of ape species.
- Accounting for adverse impacts on apes beyond simple population reductions, including reductions in genetic and behavioral diversity.