Implement road blocks to inspect cars for illegal primate bushmeat
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
To control the illegal trade in primates, road blocks can be installed on main transport routes used by traders to bring bushmeat and live animals from their natural habitats to urban areas for sale or to hubs of international transport. Law enforcement officers posted at these roadblocks typically inspect cars that pass through, confiscate bushmeat of species that are legally protected and punish these traders (e.g. officially warn them, fine them, arrest them). One correlative study (Stokes et al. 2010) showed that Forestry Management Units (selective logging occurs), in which installing road blocks formed part of several conservation management strategies implemented at these sites, had higher densities for both gorillas and chimpanzees, when compared to a logging concession where no conservation management activities were in place.
Stokes E.J., Strindberg S., Bakabana P.C., Elkan P.W., Iyenguet F.C., Madzoke B., Malanda G.A.F., Mowawa B.S., Moukoumbou C., Ouakabadio F.K. & Rainey H.J. (2010) Monitoring great ape and elephant abundance at large spatial scales: measuring effectiveness of a conservation landscape. PLoS ONE, 5, e10294.