A Rainforest Reserve

HUNTERS OF THE ITURI FOREST – The ReserveCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here’s a program from our archives.Efe Music, The Ituri Rainforest in Africa is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Is it possible to protect the wildlife of the rainforest, and still allow the people who live there, to maintain their traditional way of life? I’m Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.(Wilkie) “The Ituri contains the most diverse and most abundant assemblage of forest mammals in any forest in Africa.” Ambience, Ituri Forest, David Wilkie is an anthropologist who has lived and studied in the Ituri Forest.(Wilkie) “It’s something that really needs to be protected. Clear cutting is going on at an accelerated rate, just south of the Ituri, and logging firms have been asking for leases within the Ituri, already. What the Ituri needs is to have some national position, as a reserve or a conservation area. But we’re in kind of a dilemma. On one hand we what to protect the Ituri’s unique resources, but we also have to, in some ways, protect the land tenure rights of the people who’ve lived within the Ituri.”One of the tribal groups living in the Ituri Forest is called the Efe. They’re hunters and gatherers.(Wilkie) “And the idea of the reserve is to have some part of the Ituri managed for exploitation by farmers and the Efe hunter-gatherers, and core areas, where exploitation is going to be quite restricted. And I think that strategy will allow for both the protection of the Ituri’s unique plants and animals, and yet, still allow traditional cultures like the Efe to maintain their subsistence practices, and maintain their cultural heritage.”This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.David Wilkie is currently an Executive Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society.

A Rainforest Reserve

Can natural resources be protected, while allowing indigenous people to continue their traditional way of life? This archival program is part of Pulse of the Planet's 30th anniversary celebration.
Air Date:05/18/2018
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HUNTERS OF THE ITURI FOREST - The ReserveCelebrating three decades of Pulse of the Planet, here's a program from our archives.Efe Music, The Ituri Rainforest in Africa is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. Is it possible to protect the wildlife of the rainforest, and still allow the people who live there, to maintain their traditional way of life? I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.(Wilkie) "The Ituri contains the most diverse and most abundant assemblage of forest mammals in any forest in Africa." Ambience, Ituri Forest, David Wilkie is an anthropologist who has lived and studied in the Ituri Forest.(Wilkie) "It's something that really needs to be protected. Clear cutting is going on at an accelerated rate, just south of the Ituri, and logging firms have been asking for leases within the Ituri, already. What the Ituri needs is to have some national position, as a reserve or a conservation area. But we're in kind of a dilemma. On one hand we what to protect the Ituri's unique resources, but we also have to, in some ways, protect the land tenure rights of the people who've lived within the Ituri."One of the tribal groups living in the Ituri Forest is called the Efe. They're hunters and gatherers.(Wilkie) "And the idea of the reserve is to have some part of the Ituri managed for exploitation by farmers and the Efe hunter-gatherers, and core areas, where exploitation is going to be quite restricted. And I think that strategy will allow for both the protection of the Ituri's unique plants and animals, and yet, still allow traditional cultures like the Efe to maintain their subsistence practices, and maintain their cultural heritage."This archival program is part of our thirtieth anniversary celebration. Im Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.David Wilkie is currently an Executive Director at the Wildlife Conservation Society.