How does the Green Project work?
The Green Project offers alternative livelihoods to reduce reliance on bushmeat hunting. It also enhances the value of agricultural land by purchasing unused crop leaves, eliminating the need to expand farming areas through slash-and-burn practices. This approach helps protect the forest and its wildlife.
To sustain nearly 200 primates, along with small mammals and birds, a regular supply of fresh, nutritious, and sustainable food is crucial. The Green Project ensures low environmental impact while providing food rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. For instance, papaya leaves promote overall health, digestion, possess anti-inflammatory properties, and boost immunity.
The community faces challenges due to the lasting impact of the pandemic and ongoing civil crisis in the South-West region. Thus, having a reliable income is now more vital than ever. The income generated from the project benefits permanent community members, providing financial independence for women, a better life for their children, and an alternative income for ex-hunters. These fruitful alternative livelihoods contribute to community development and the ongoing success of the project.
Want to know more?
You can read our 2022 Green Project Report here, and you can donate to support the project here.
The Green Project has been generously supported over the years by many partners, including 24guteTaten, Prowildlife, Chessington Conservation Fund, San Diego Wildlife Alliance, Zoo Atlanta, Kathryn McQuade Foundation, New England Biolabs Foundation, Save the Drill and Hellabrunn der Munchner Tierpark.