Human-wildlife conflict


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]

According to the 2003 IUCN World Parks Congress, human-wildlife conflict occurs when wildlife requirements encroach on those of human populations, with costs both to residents and wild animals (IUCN, 2005). Human-wildlife conflict has existed for as long as humans and wild animals have shared the same landscapes and resources. Human-wildlife conflict does not occur only in Africa. Nowadays human-wildlife conflict exists in one form or another all over the world. Conflict between humans and crocodiles, for example, has been reported from 33 countries spanning the tropics and subtropics, and the problem probably exists in many more. While all continents and countries, whether developed or not, are affected by human-wildlife conflict, agropastoralists in developing countries are altogether more vulnerable than the people of developed nations. 

Together with CIRAD, WWF, CAMPFIRE and other partners, FAO has produced a human-wildlife conflict toolkit. Currently being tested in southern Africa, the toolkit provides effective measures to help resolve, prevent and mitigate the growing problem of conflict between humans and wild animals. It is designed not only to help protect people, their livestock and crops from animals but, just as important, to safeguard animals from people. It includes policies, strategies and practical tips to make increasingly close cohabitation safer for everyone. As a general strategy, the toolkit emphasizes conflict prevention through advance land-use planning. Crops, for example, should be planted where they are less accessible to problem animals, with wildlife corridors allowing animals to move to and from water sources, and hard contact with riverine and hill-edge vegetation should be avoided as much as possible. 


last updated:  Friday, March 7, 2014