WHAT DO WE DO
Conservation Translocation initiatives, including Reintroductions and Rewilding, promote the recovery of biodiversity following a pro-active conservation narrative. International directives recognise their value, since the Convention on Biological Diversity obliges signatory countries to “Adopt measures for the recovery and rehabilitation of threatened species and for their reintroduction into their natural habitats under appropriate conditions.” (CBD 1992 Article 9c)
In practice, however, the return of species that have been absent in an area (due to human pressure or persecution or other) is accompanied by a wide range of issues including human-wildlife conflict. While the IUCN’s Guidelines for Reintroductions (2013) state that to establish a viable, free-ranging population in the wild it is necessary to enlist public support, the success of conservation translocations requires cooperation between scientists, practitioners, governmental and non-governmental agencies, as well as the public.
The Human-Wildlife Interactions Working Group (HWIWG) was formed in 2018 by members of the IUCN/SSC Conservation Translocation Specialist Group who were interested in exploring the role that such interactions play at different stages of conservation translocations, their scope and importance to program success. HWIWG creates connections between field practitioners and researchers to collectively address key issues concerning translocation programs.
The Human-Wildlife Interactions Working Group discussion forum that takes place online, creates opportunities for reintroduction practitioners and researchers to discuss key issues concerning the relationships between people and wildlife within programs involving translocations for conservation purposes.
As a pragmatic forum, the HWIWG works as a resource, rather than an exercise, aiming:
● To promote discussion of key issues; to aid practitioners in finding solutions based on the experience of practitioners and expert advice; to help develop networks and collaborations; to provide advice to projects in all stages of development
● To support and inform the IUCN Translocation Conservation Guidelines
● To share related resources with the wider conservation translocation community
Dr Adriana Consorte-McCrea
Education for Sustainability Lead
Academy for Sustainable Futures
Canterbury Christ Church University
North Holmes Road
Canterbury CT1 1QU, UK
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