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IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict


November 2021
This past quarter has been a busy time for IUCN and biodiversity-related events. In September we attended the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille, France, and convened a session on monitoring human-wildlife conflicts for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework during the CPW Wildlife Forum in preparation for the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15) held online and in Kunming, China. In this newsletter we provide some highlights and resources from these events, as well as information about upcoming HWC-related events. We've also been busy keeping the online IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence Library updated with many new publications. Below is a selection of recent articles, papers and reports. If you would like to keep up-to-date with specific news regarding the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, we've added a page specifically for news on our work here.
Dr Alexandra Zimmermann

Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Library
The online resource library is updated every month with key publications and resources on the topic of human-wildlife conflict and coexistence. In the last quarter, 59 publications on topics ranging from conflict analysis to deterrents and livestock guarding have been added, involving snakes, giant armadillos, raptors, sharks, carnivores and many more. Separate pages have been added with the latest additions from July, August and September. We've also highlighted articles and blogs on animals harmed by superstition and the risks of relocating man-eating lions. For any missing items or to suggest a topic or species page to be added to the library, please let us know here
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For these and many more publications, resources and articles on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence, visit the online library.
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IUCN World Conservation Congress
Marseille, France
The IUCN World Conservation Congress was held in early September in Marseille, France. The IUCN Resolution (WCC 2020 Res 101) on Addressing Human-Wildlife Conflict had been previously approved with 99% of the vote in 2020. At the Congress we convened a press conference on addressing the global challenge of human-wildlife conflict in which we discussed the increasing need for managing human-wildlife conflict worldwide. A recording is available in English, French and Spanish here.
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CPW Wildlife Forum
Budapest, Hungary and Online

​In collaboration with the FAO, we hosted a session during the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) Wildlife Forum on monitoring human-wildlife conflicts for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. The session focused on approaches to measure the success of a Target on human-wildlife conflict and the challenges faced through discussions with parties already conducting such activities to identify lessons that could be learnt. Following presentations, a Q&A session was held to discuss some of the complexities for managing such a Target and ways forward. You can read a summary of highlights from the session here or watch the full recording below. 

Session IV - Monitoring Human-Wildlife Conflicts for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework
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IUCN SSC HWCTF Publications
IUCN (2020). IUCN SSC Position Statement on the Management of Human-Wildlife Conflict. IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force. Available in English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

IUCN SSC HWCTF (2020). What is human-wildlife conflict? Briefing Paper by the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force.
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Upcoming Events
Birds and people: from conflict to co-existence - Virtual, 9 November 2021

International Congress for Conservation Biology - Virtual, 13-17 December 2021

UN Biodiversity Conference (SBSTTA & OEWG) - Geneva, Switzerland, 12-28 January 2022

IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress (APAC) - Kigali, Rwanda, 7-12 March 2022

International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence - Oxford, UK, March 2022 TBC

UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP15) Part 2 - Kunming, China, 25 April - 8 May 2022

Pathways to Success: Life Without Salmon - Bremerton, USA, 1-4 May 2022

We will post information about other events such as webinars or meetings regularly on our social media channels below.
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