The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) held its 4th meeting on 12 October in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea back-to-back with the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). CPW further consolidated and enhanced its activities and decided on elaborating a work plan for the next two-year period. One of the future activities is to promote common wildlife terminology and to produce a source book on bush-meat and series of CPW fact sheets on sustainable wildlife management. Fund raising will also be a key issue for CPW, since sufficient funding will be essential for the implementation of the tasks and projects of the Partnership.
In the CPW meeting the CIC Caprinae Atlas was presented and handed over to Dr. Braulio Dias, CBD Executive Secretary. When expressing his gratitude to the CIC for having produced such an Atlas, he emphasized that the publication “links the extremely useful distribution maps with ecosystem data, leading towards a complex monitoring system of wildlife and ecosystems. Various stakeholder groups, such as hunters present in the field can be instrumental in collecting site specific species data.”
In a separate event the first of the CPW fact sheets was launched, highlighting the key role of sustainable wildlife management in biodiversity conservation. With wildlife under pressure from human population growth, urbanization and other stresses, the fact sheet argues that emphasizing the concrete benefits of biodiversity creates an incentive to safeguard it. Incentive-driven approaches to manage and use wildlife sustainably can contribute to wildlife and biodiversity conservation and benefit sharing with indigenous and local communities. It gives examples of enhancing animal populations, such as the markhor(Capra falconeri). For example in Pakistan, a community-based trophy hunting programme for markhor, a wild goat species, has not only generated millions of USD for community development (80% of trophy fees go to local communities), but boosted markhor populations.
In the launch event of the fact sheets at the CBD COP in Korea, opened by the Executive Secretary of the CBD Secretariat, Dr. Braulio F. de Souza Dias, the Honorable Minister of the Environment and Tourism of Namibia, Mr. H.E. Mr. Uahekua Herunga gave a key note. He underlined the very important management role of the local communities and the impact of wildlife on Namibian employment and economy. “We have realized that it is not enough just to conserve but that we must manage and utilize what we have for the benefit of our people, economy and environment”, the Minister stated.
From left to right: Eduardo Mansur, Director of FAO’s Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division; H.E. Mr. Uahekua Herunga, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia; Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary CBD and CPW Chair
From left to right: Dr. Chipangura Chirara- Joint Secretary/Chief of Environment Division, Government of Zimbabwe; Braj Kishor Yadav- Biodiversity Project Coordinator, Government of Nepal; Eduardo Mansur, Director of FAO’s Forest Assessment, Management and Conservation Division; H.E. Mr. Uahekua Herunga, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia; Robert Höft, CBD Environmental Affairs Officer, Scientific Assessment; Tamás Marghescu, CIC General Director
Also, Minister Herunga raised concern of the increasing anti-hunting pressure and a general international trend away from hunting. “We see hunting as an integral part of our conservation strategy and the broader economy…. Without hunting, wildlife will not remain a viable form of land use in rural Namibia, and may be replaced by other forms of land uses more damaging to our ecosystems”.
Several more CPW fact sheets are under preparation, including one on sustainable wildlife management and hunting. As they are finalized and launched, they will be displayed at the CPW website.
Read more about the first fact sheet produced by the CPW, dealing with challenges and opportunities of wildlife management.
Further reading: CIC/FAO publication – Best Practices in Sustainable Hunting (A Guide to Best Practices From Around the World).