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The Minister of Forestry has just announced that a grant of 2 billion CFA francs was adopted in the initial 2022 finance law, to compensate the victims of the human-elephant conflict across the country. A national meeting will take place at the end of November to determine an effective strategy for spending the allocated funds, underlined Lee White.
Ali Bongo’s country is taking a giant step forward in the management of the human-wildlife conflict. In an interview with the Gabonese Press Agency (AGP), the Minister of Forestry announced that a grant of 2 billion CFA francs was adopted in the initial 2022 finance law, to compensate the victims of the human-elephant conflict across the country.
“It is a budget that will be managed at the level of the Ministry of the Budget. Our role with the Ministry of Agriculture will be to go and inventory the damage on the ground and it is a strategic choice to have separated the auditor and the financier, to avoid fraud. Compensation systems all over the world are still revealing cases of cheating,” explained Lee White.
Human-wildlife conflicts correspond to a situation where the activities of human groups and wildlife compete, disrupting in different ways and to different degrees of intensity, the living conditions of both parties.