PDF Unravelling the Pangolin Bushmeat Commodity Chain and the Extent of Trade in Ghana

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Upload date 04 Sep 2018
Contributor Vincent Awotwe-Pratt
Geographical coverage Ghana
Keywords Pangolin, Bushmeat trade, Commodity chain, Ghana, Conservation
Release date 05/09/2018
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Pangolins (Pholidota: Manidae) are frequently hunted as a source of bushmeat in Ghana. However, no information
exists with regards to the level of trade of pangolins outside of major bushmeat market surveys in Ghana. The aim
of this study was to determine the level of trade among other stakeholders in the bushmeat commodity chain for pangolins in Ghana. Data were collected from 153 stakeholders using semi-structured interviews and direct observation between September 2013 and January 2014. A total of 341 pangolins were recorded to have been traded in this study period. The white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) represented 82 % and the black-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tetradactyla) 18 % of the observed pangolins traded by the stakeholders. Chopbar operators accounted for the highest retailer sales to consumers. The number of pangolins traded was negatively correlated to the distance between settlements and protected forest regions. The levels of pangolin trade were previously underestimated in Ghana as the pangolin bushmeat commodity chain does not form the supply chain to the major bushmeat markets where most surveys were undertaken. The Wildlife Conservation Act of 1971 (LI 685) that prohibits the hunting of pangolins can be regarded as ineffective and not serving as a deterrent to poaching.