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  1. Thank you Sylvain. Having a 30% loss of crops due to crop raiding is quite an important consequence of successful preservation of wildlife in a Biosphere Reserve. Is the Reserve involved in finding solutions to this problem? Does the Reserve gain additional revenues due to their successful wildlife program, and if so could some of those gains be shared with farmers who experience losses from crop raiding?

    1. Thank you for your interest in my presentation and for your question. To answer, I can say that local residents lose an important part of their agricultural production every year. The Reserve managers are involved in the management of the problem but their actions are limited mainly to sensitizing the residents with a view to the implementation of measures to protect their production. A few rare actions to identify and compensate victims are observed sometimes. Also the compensation is selective; only the damages of certain large animals such as elephants and lions are compensated with external funding through a project and as soon as the project is finished, the peasants are left to fend for themselves.

  2. Hello and thank you Sylvain for your presentation in English even though you had possibility to converse in French too 🙂
    Maybe my question is not directly related to your work but can you tell me what impact the security risk has on farming or the harvest level near the Penjari and W parc. I think this comes as another threat to farming activities for neighboring population.
    Best regards.
    Koffi Alinon
    CIRAD

    1. Désolé pour le niveau de mon anglais… je ne savais pas que je pouvais présenter en français; c’aurait été plus facile pour moi. C’est bien après que j’ai su.
      Concernant votre question, je peux dire que les dégâts des animaux sauvages dans les champs des populations riveraines de la Pendjari impactent tout le cycle de production; du semis à la récolte. Ceci induit des changements dans le système de production tels que le ressemis et la surveillance des champs qui constituent des coûts supplémentaires de production. Du stade de la maturation à la récolte, certains paysans vont s’installer dans les champs pendant plusieurs semaines sous des huttes pour surveiller leur champ la nuit. Ils dorment ainsi dans de mauvaises conditions, exposés aux attaques des animaux sauvages, aux moustiques et risquent des maladies comme le paludisme, une maladie fréquente en Afrique et au Bénin. Malgré les mesures qu’ils prennent, ces riverains perdent en moyenne 30% de leur production agricole annuelle. Tout ceci vient accentuer le niveau de vulnérabilité de ces populations déjà soumises aux problèmes de manque de terre, d’infertilité des sols et des effets des changements climatiques.
      Je m’intéresse à cet aspect de vulnérabilité des ménages agricoles riverains de Pendjari dans le cadre de ma thèse
      Merci

  3. Thank you for your interest in my presentation and for your question. To answer, I can say that local residents lose an important part of their agricultural production every year. The Reserve managers are involved in the management of the problem but their actions are limited mainly to sensitizing the residents with a view to the implementation of measures to protect their production. A few rare actions to identify and compensate victims are observed sometimes. Also the compensation is selective; only the damages of certain large animals such as elephants and lions are compensated with external funding through a project and as soon as the project is finished, the peasants are left to fend for themselves.

  4. This is a very good presentation, Sylvain. It might be a good idea to also see what some countries such as Zambia (with challenges) have tried to incorporate the local communities to benefit from wildlife. See Inonge’s presentation in this web conference.

    You dwelt a lot on crop destruction. Do you have loss of human life especially with guarding being the preferred method of protecting crops?

  5. Dear Evaristo, thank you for your interest in my presentation and your contributions. I’ll watch Inonge’s presentation. Regarding your question, we often note cases of injuries but cases of death are rare and go back 10-15 years later

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