Addressing the dynamic human/nonhuman primate interface in Nevis with an aim to demonstrate practical measures to alleviate the human nonhuman primate conflict through reforestation, electrified fencing, job creation and training
In the absence of natural predators and the destruction of natural vegetation, vervet monkeys in St Kitts and Nevis have increased to alarming proportions over the last ten years or more which is causing a tremendous environmental, social and economic problem. This has been observed in a declining number of bird species (monkeys raiding bird nests), negative impacts on natural flora and the decline in agricultural production which renders subsistence farmers unable to sustain their livelihoods and ensure food security for their families. These are the findings of a rapid assessment undertaken in December of 2015 which quantified the results which revealed that as the size of the human population and the extent of landscape transformation and fragmentation have increased, so too have levels of human nonhuman primate conflict between the local human and green vervet monkey populations. Biodiversity related wildlife conflict has received limited attention thus far and will take place in a developing country where the importance of natural conservation has not been fully recognised by the global conservation fraternity in general. The native species and ecosystems evolved prior to the presence of monkeys, and their introduction no doubt has seriously impacted and altered the natural environment. The conservation of many of the country’s ecosystems and species of plants may depend to a large degree on the implementation of this project.
Arnova Sustainable Future
Saint Kitts and Nevis
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