Brazzaville Meeting 2005
Many of the members of the western-gorilla.org network helped to organize a workshop in Brazzaville in 2005 which produced a regional action plan for the conservation of chimpanzees and gorillas in western equatorial Africa.
This meeting brought together over 70 participants representing range-state governments, national and international conservation organizations, research institutions and funding agencies.
Workshop participants agreed that by far the most serious short-term threats to apes in this region are poaching and disease epidemics. In the longer term, however, workshop participants believed that habitat loss and disturbance will become as serious a threat as hunting and disease. Experts agreed upon a list of 12 priority areas (seven exceptional areas and ﬁ ve important areas), as well as two areas that are priorities for surveys.
Experts also identiﬁed knowledge gaps including improved census methods and information accessibility, large-scale survey and monitoring efforts, and further research on Ebola. The experts recommended actions that could improve the conservation outlook of these apes, next ﬁve years.