REVIEW OF NATIONAL ACTIVITIES, ACHIEVEMENTS AND PROBLEMS
1. The Working Party recommended that FAO should assist countries in the region to explore possibilities and elaborate strategies with respect to resolving transboundary issues relating to the movement of wildlife across international boundaries.
2. The Working Party recommended that through the Special Programme for Food Security and similar initiatives, FAO should be involved in the breeding of wildlife species that are intensively hunted for meat.
REPORT ON THE Vth IUCN WORLD PARKS CONGRESS, HELD IN DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA IN SEPTEMBER 2003
1. The recommendations of the World Parks Congress were deemed very appropriate to the activities of the Working Party and delegates recommended that their follow-up be incorporated in its work.
1. The Working Party called upon FAO to ensure that the work of the in-session Seminar results in concrete action addressing the issues that were discussed.
1. The Working Party called upon FAO to demonstrate its understanding and recognition of the importance of wildlife on the African continent by appointing a wildlife officer in the Regional Office in Accra. In this he was strongly supported by all the delegates.
2. The Working Party further called upon FAO to help countries to develop networking on protected area issues.
3. It was recommended that FAO, in consultation with the Working Party, does pilot work on bushmeat. The delegates agreed that FAO should be provided with criteria for selecting countries for piloting and five delegates were deputed to formulate these criteria.
4. Attention was drawn to the magnitude and seriousness of the issue of human-wildlife conflict and the Working Party recommended that this issue should be the subject of the next in-session seminar.