Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management

CPW is a voluntary partnership of international organizations with substantive mandates and programmes for the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources. 


The mission of the CPW is to promote conservation through the sustainable management of terrestrial vertebrate wildlife in all biomes and geographic areas and to increase cooperation and coordination on sustainable wildlife management issues among its members and partners.


Meet & Greet with members of the CPW 5 September 2016 On Saturday 3rd September, the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) held a Meet and Greet event at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hawaii, USA. Eight partner organizations were represented on the panel which included Dr. Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity and Chair of the CPW; Johannes Refisch (UNEP); Bradnee Chambers, Executive Secretary of United Nations Environment Program Convention on Migratory Species ; Anastasiya Timoshyna, Medicinal Plants Programme Leader of The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (TRAFFIC); Dr. Ali Kaka, CIC Ambassador for Africa; Caroline Sorensen, CIC Division Coordination Unit; Terry Sunderland, Principal Scientist with CIFOR ‘s Forests and Livelihoods program; and Lucy Mulenkei, a Maasai from Kenya for International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB). The panel was moderated by Rosie Cooney, Chair of the IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi). Read more: [more]
Inseparable: Forests, Wildlife and Food Security – High-level panel discussion (COFO 23) 2 August 2016 For the communities living in and around forests, wildlife – from large mammals to insects – has always been a major source of nutritious food. Its consumption also ensures that forest peoples are not vulnerable to debilitating micronutrient deficiencies. However, as evidence presented by a panel at a WFW5 event and Tree Talk suggests, in many parts of the world hunting wildlife for food has become unsustainable, with implications for food security, ecosystems and human health. To make wildlife and the forest communities that depend on it sustainable requires robust policy coordination and regulatory measures across the sectors covering forests, wildlife and nutrition, the event suggested. Tree Talk moderator David Wilkie said this means striking a balance between wildlife conservation and its use in three ways: respecting and protecting the legitimate rights of indigenous peoples living in intact forests; increasing the supply of domestic sources of animal protein for families living in towns within tropical forests; and halting the luxury consumption of wild meat in urban areas. [more]
Inseparable: Forests, Wildlife and Food Security 18 July 2016 On Friday 22 July, come and listen to David Wilkie (Wildlife Conservation Society) deliver a Tree Talk on the role of wildlife in the forest-food nexus, and hear what our panel of experts has to say during Question Time at World Forest Week, on the sidelines of this year’s Committee on Forestry at FAO HQ, Rome. Footage of the sessions will be available online. [more]
Poachers or Protectors? Local Communities at the Frontline of Conservation – What really drives wildlife trade, hunting and trafficking? 25 April 2016 The European Parliament welcomed high-level experts in the domain of wildlife conservation to discuss the role of local communities in wildlife management. The experts, primarily members of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management, highlighted that legal and sustainable wildlife trade can support wildlife conservation and contribute to sustainable development. The importance of wildlife management, use and trade to local communities and community-led approaches to achieve sustainability and conservation benefits were highlighted through various analyses and case studies. A key message to policy-makers was that supporting communities and livelihoods, particularly through making wildlife and conservation socially and/or economically valuable to them, is an essential part of efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade and achieve broader conservation objectives. [more]
New glossary on wildlife management released for World Wildlife Day 3 March 2016 The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) today launched the Glossary of Wildlife Management Terms and Definitions to mark World Wildlife Day. The online glossary aims to raise awareness of the usage and meanings of technical terms related to wildlife management and conservation to improve common understanding and dialogue. Currently, the Glossary is comprised of about 250 terms and definitions in English, with equivalents presented in French, Spanish and German, and new terms will be added in the future. Among terms defined are wildlife itself, bushmeat, predator management, retrievable species, and flagship species. The glossary is compiled by the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO) with contributions from CPW members including FAO. [more]
Summary report of the Wildlife Forum, 9 September 2015 3 November 2015 The first Wildlife Forum, organized by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management, was held as an official one day special event during the fourteenth World Forestry Congress in Durban, South Africa, on 9 September 2015. [more]
14 September 2015 The World Forestry Congress Wildlife Forum received wide media coverage. Click more to view the newsroom and multimedia. [more]
Wildlife discussed at XIV World Forestry Congress in South Africa 9 September 2015 Durban – An increase in human-wildlife conflict is posing a major threat to sustainable wildlife management, delegates at a Wildlife Forum held during the XIV World Forestry Congress heard today. Coordinated by the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management, the Forum heard that sustainably managed wildlife can play a pivotal role in food and livelihood security by providing nutrition and income, and contribute considerably to the alleviation of poverty in addition to maintaining and enhancing the ecological stability of forest ecosystems. [more]
Partnership on Wildlife launch two fact sheets at the World Forestry Congress 9 September 2015 The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management launched two new fact sheets at the Wildlife Forum, being held today at the World Forestry Congress in Durban. Fact sheet 3 addresses wildlife/livestock health and the key role of sustainable wildlife management. Fact sheet 4 focuses on human-wildlife conflict, where the needs of wildlife encroach on those of human populations. [more]
31 July 2015 Resolution A/RES/69/314 on Tackling the Illicit Trafficking in Wildlife was adopted at the UN General Assembly in New York on 30 July 2015, to urge countries to address wildlife crime. The UN Resolution emphasizes that the ‘protection of wildlife must be part of a comprehensive approach to achieving poverty eradication, food security, sustainable development, including the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity, economic growth, social well-being and sustainable livelihoods’. [more]
20 April 2015 In February 2015, IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Austrian Ministry of Environment, the ARC Centre of Environment and Decisions at the University of Queensland, and TRAFFIC convened an international symposium in Muldersdrift in South Africa to explore whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife. The symposium was kindly supported by GIZ, USAID, and the Austrian Ministry of the Environment. Case studies of frontline experiences across Africa, Latin America and Asia from communities on the sharp end of the illegal wildlife trade chain were shared, as well as innovative research from around the world on a diverse range of subjects from the economics of the illegal wildlife trade, to using criminology theory to understand what drivers trigger wildlife crime. The meeting issued a set of recommendations on engaging communities in combating the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) at the source. The meeting report, including key conclusions and recommendations, is now available. [more]
Wildlife partnership launches bushmeat sourcebook 3 March 2015 The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management today launched the Bushmeat Sourcebook, an online resource, on the occasion of the second World Wildlife Day. The sourcebook examines bushmeat’s vital contribution to food security, local livelihoods, and other aspects of human well-being in many parts of the world. It also shows, however, how unsustainable harvesting can affect the ecological stability of forest ecosystems, as well as human health. "The sourcebook represents a valuable awareness-raising tool, which will help bring attention to key facts," said Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Chair of the CPW and Executive Secretary of the CBD. "It also shows us how indigenous peoples and local communities can play a positive role in helping to sustainably manage our valuable wildlife resources. [more]
Wild meat and food security: risks & benefits discussed at World Parks Congress 14 November 2014 Wildlife makes an essential contribution to food security for many people worldwide, and wild meat may be the only available source of animal protein for many people. At the same time, current policies usually focus on the pressures posed by the overexploitation of wildlife and ignore the contribution of wild meat to food security. Wild meat may also carry health risks related to diseases transmitted to humans through the handling and consumption of animals. How is it possible to maintain food security while reducing the ecological and health risks associated with wild meat consumption? [more]
21 October 2014 Recognizing that wildlife is an important renewable natural resource, with economic, cultural, nutritional and recreational value to humans, Parties at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), held in Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea, have passed a landmark decision on the sustainable use of biodiversity with regards to bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management. [more]
Wildlife partnership releases fact sheet on sustainable wildlife management and biodiversity 13 October 2014 Pyeongchang : Released today at the Twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, a new fact sheet highlights the key role of sustainable wildlife management in biodiversity conservation. With wildlife under pressure from human population growth, urbanization and other stresses, the piece argues that strengthening the concrete benefits of biodiversity creates an incentive to safeguard it. It gives examples of animal populations, such as the vicuna in the Andes, that were brought back from the brink of extinction by programmes that also boosted the livelihoods of local communities. [more]
21 May 2014 Wildlife crime is a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise operating at all levels – global, regional, national and local. On the occasion of the Global Summit “Hunters United against Wildlife Crime”, organized by the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) as the part of its General Assembly meeting on 24 April 2014, members of the CPW heighten attention on the types of measures to curd poaching and illegal wildlife trade. [more]
14 March 2014 Panellists at an event held in Berlin, Germany, during ITB—the world’s largest tourism fair—concurred that record poaching levels of rhinos and elephants are not only threatening the basis of tourism but also tourism-based development options in Africa. [more]
Celebrating World Wildlife Day 3 March 2014 The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management welcomes the United Nations General Assembly decision to proclaim 3 March as World Wildlife Day, as a means of celebrating the importance of the world’s flora and fauna, strengthening efforts to conserve biodiversity and stepping up the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife. [more]
27 December 2013 Geneva, 23 December 2013 – On 20 December 2013, the Sixty-eighth session of the United Nations General Assembly decided to proclaim 3 March, the day of the adoption of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), as World Wildlife Day, to celebrate and raise awareness of the world’s wild fauna and flora. [more]
7 March 2013 During the CITES Conference of Parties Meeting, COP16, a new a voluntary partnership of international organizations with substantives mandates and programmes for the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources was established. It consists of of international governmental and non-governmental organizations, secretariats of multilateral environmental agreements, and research institutions of global action and outreach. [more]



last updated:  Monday, June 20, 2016