WILDMEAT Use Database

Header photo: © Axel Fassio


The aim of the WILDMEAT Use Database is to ensure that efforts to sustainably govern and manage wild meat resources are based on the best available evidence, by providing open access to all currently available data on wildmeat hunting offtakes, consumption and sales.

Hundreds of studies over the last few decades have documented the use of wild meat by hunters, rural communities, traders and town and city dwellers around the world. While these studies have given us valuable insights into the drivers, uses and users of wild meat, taken on their own they provide only localised snapshots. However, combined they can provide a powerful evidence base for policy makers, practitioners, researchers, and civil society.

The WILDMEAT Use Database holds data on wild meat consumption, hunting offtakes and market sales within one database and in one standardised format. This allows data from across different sites and studies to be combined and compared, to provide a holistic understanding of the volumes, characteristics, and correlates of wildmeat use across space and time. When data is available over time from the same site, the database can also be used to track changes in wildmeat harvest characteristics and use. When used as part of a monitoring and evaluation strategy, these time-series datasets can be used to evaluate the effectiveness of wildmeat management and policy interventions.

In many countries, at least some, if not most, hunting activity is illegal. Therefore, all individual, household and site names are kept anonymous in the WILDMEAT Use Database, and site locations are provided at the resolution of the smallest national administrative unit, to ensure that the exact settlement or user cannot be identified. For further information on WILDMEAT Use Database ethics protocols, please refer to the WILDMEAT Use Database User Guide.

What data does the WILDMEAT Use Database hold?

The WILDMEAT Use Database holds three different types of data:

Hunting offtakes
I.e. the number of individual animals harvested by hunters over a given period of time.

I.e. the quantity of animal biomass consumed by individuals or within households over a given period of time.

Market sales
I.e. data on the price and number of individual animals, or pieces thereof, on offer at wild meat markets over a given period of time.

The WILDMEAT Use Database User Guide
The WILDMEAT Use Database users guide provides a ‘how to’ guide for using the database, including detailed descriptions of the data structure, metadata descriptions, data limitations, and other useful information to ensure data from the database is employed correctly in your analyses.

Explore the WILDMEAT Use Database

The WILDMEAT Use Database and data can be accessed through the Wildmeat Data Explorer, where you can search for, browse and download datasets. The database and datasets are available to all registered WILDMEAT data users, who abide by the Data Users Terms and Conditions.

Header photo by Terry Sunderland/CIFOR

Contribute to WILDMEAT Use Database

The WILDMEAT Use Database is made possible by the many researchers and practitioners who have kindly made their wild meat data available for distribution through the Database – many thanks to all our contributors. Data can be shared under different license agreements, from full open access to access that is dependent on some terms and conditions. To learn more about becoming a data contributor, and the different options for sharing your data, please get in touch via info@wildmeat.org.