This first major event for SULi sets out to ask big questions about the future of sustainable use of wild living resources: what are the major drivers of unsustainability? What is the relevance of sustainable use for major global challenges such as food security and climate change adaptation? What is the potential of approaches such as standards and certification? You are invited to come to share your thoughts and ideas on priorities for action and your energy in becoming involved.
Sustainable use of biodiversity is a critical area of work for IUCN for many reasons: to safeguard the resources underpinning community livelihoods; to promote equitable sharing of the benefits of use of biodiversity; to address widespread overexploitation; and as a tool to generate incentives for conservation. Use of biodiversity is still frequently unsustainable, jeopardizing delivery of the ecosystem goods and services on which all people depend, and is driving many species closer to both economic and biological extinction. At the same time, use of biodiversity at sustainable levels can be a powerful driver for conservation and restoration, through raising the value of wild nature.
Presentations in this workshop include:
Iain Davidson-Hunt (University of Manitoba/CEESP) and Holly Shrumm (Natural Justice): Food security, food sovereignty and use of wild resources
Rob Cahill (Fur Institute Canada): Sustainable use and mitigating Human-Wildlife Conflict
Masego Madzwamuse (Open Society Initiative of South Africa) and Kule Chitepo (ResourceAfrica): Natural Resource Management governance, community rights, and climate change adaptation
Jeppe Kolding (University of Bergen): Livelihoods, poverty alleviation and sustainability in small scale fisheries
Robert Kenward (Anatrack): Supporting sustainable use and local benefits through decision-support tools for land and biodiversity managers
Steve Broad (TRAFFIC): Certification of wild harvested products: how can it contribute to conservation and improved livelihoods?
For many years the SSC Sustainable Use Specialist Group (SUSG) led on these issues for IUCN. Following the adoption of Resolution 4.039 (Cross Commission Collaboration on Sustainable Use of Biological Resources) at the 4th IUCN World Conservation Congress, SSC and CEESP have collaborated to establish SULi - the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group.
Partners in this event are CIC (International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation, Fur Institute Canada, European Bureau for Conservation and Development, International Fur Trade Federation, FACE (Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation of the European Union), UNEP-WCMC, Newfoundland and Labrador Department of Environment and Conservation, IUCN Global Species Programme, and Nature-based Solutions, Green Economy and Rights Group.