The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) held its third meeting in the fringes of the 61st CIC General Assembly in Milan, Italy on the 23 April 2014. Members of the CPW also contributed greatly to the Global Summit “Hunters United against Wildlife Crime”, held on the 24 April in the framework of the General Assembly.
Below you will find the resulting joint CPW press release in support of enhanced global efforts against wildlife crime.
Wildlife crime is a multi-billion dollar criminal enterprise operating at all levels – global, regional, national and local. This phenomenon has multiple negative impacts: it threatens communities that depend on wildlife for their livelihoods, impacts negatively on legal and regulated hunting for commercial purposes, disrupts peace and security, destabilizes the economies of fragile regions, promotes corruption and contributes to the emergence and spread of livestock and human diseases.
The 24th of April 2014 , 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, members of the CPW, including Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and TRAFFIC heighten attention on the types of measures to curb poaching and illegal wildlife trade. Given the considerable cash and non-cash values and benefits that wildlife and their resources furnish to national economies, CPW members at the meeting underscored the importance of managing the resource sustainably, monitoring its positive and negative impact across sectors and engaging all stakeholders, from local communities to international organizations, in these efforts. Recognizing the unprecedented levels of wildlife crime, the Summit addressed issues related to the illegal take and trafficking of wildlife and their implications on wildlife populations, precious ecosystems and our natural heritage.
The President of the CIC, Mr. Bernard Lozé announced that fighting wildlife crime and illegal wildlife trade was a strategic priority for the CIC. Further, he stated that CIC would build on the outcomes of the Global Summit – Hunters United against Wildlife Crime, in collaboration with partners, in order to fulfil the hunters’ historical role as guardians and stewards of wildlife and habitats.
The Summit reiterated that well-regulated and sustainable use of wildlife based on science based evidence and good governance has proven to be effective, especially when the socio- economic and cultural interests of local communities and indigenous peoples are met, respected and safeguarded, and their roles in wildlife conservation systems are ensured.
The Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPW) held its third meeting in the margins of the General Assembly of the CIC, in Milan, Italy on 23 and 24 April 2014, to prioritize actions under its three core working areas: (i) wildlife, food security and livelihoods; (ii) human-wildlife conflict and (iii) legal/illegal hunting. The meeting resulted with agreed actions to be taken by CPW partners in follow up to: the development of the wildlife management terminology glossary based on international standards, a publication on bushmeat, and a set of fact sheets on sustainable wildlife management.
Further information: CPW website
CPW members are: Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Secretariat, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity (IIFB), International Trade Centre (ITC), International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO), TRAFFIC – The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network (IUCN/WWF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).