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Faced with “Empty Forests”, experts urge better regulation of bushmeat trade - International gathering identifies innovative solutions for resolving the bushmeat crisis, for the benefit of indigenous peoples and local communities.

Nairobi, Montreal, Geneva, 10 June 2011 – A growing and lucrative illegal international commercial trade in the meat and other parts of wild mammals, birds and reptiles (“bushmeat”) is causing widespread loss of biodiversity, imperilling the livelihoods of communities around the world, and destabilizing fragile tropical forest ecosystems.

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