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 

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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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Researchgate https://www.researchgate.net/project/IUCN-SSC-RSG-Human-and-Wildlife-Interaction 

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