Resolution 4.039

Cross-commission collaboration on sustainable use of biological resources

At the IUCNWCC in Barcelona Members passed Resolution 4.039: Cross-commission collaboration on sustainable use of biological resources. This resolution calls on the IUCN Commissions, especially SSC and CEESP, to establish a mechanism for increased cooperation on the benefits of sustainable use of renewable natural resources and other interactions between people and wildlife in the context of conservation. The full resolution text is available on: http://www.iucn.org/congress_08/assembly/policy/

The range of issues that could potentially be addressed through this resolution, and the range of actions that could be proposed, are extensive and diverse. Hence Simon Stuart and Aroha Mead, the respective Chairs of SSC and CEESP, agreed that a scoping exercise was needed to identify key issues and narrow options for cooperation. This scoping exercise nvolves two stages: an initial online consultation with key stakeholders in the SSC, CEESP, other Commissions, the IUCN Secretariat and the IUCN Membership; followed by a formal workshop with leading experts from SSC and CEESP informed by the results of the online consultation and charged with formulating firm recommendations to the two Chairs for advancing Resolution 4.039.

The online consutlation was open for 3 weeks and closed on Sunday 17 May with 323 respondents who started the survey, of which 208 completed the survey - a completion rate of 64.4%. Respondents represented all 6 Commissions of IUCN, IUCN Members and the Secretariat and came from all of the 10 IUCN regions. A full analysis of the results is now being undertaken and plans are underway to start organisng the formal workshop.