The period since our last newsletter was flanked at either end by two international meetings - CITES (early March) and the World Indigenous Network (end May) (both reported on in this issue). For me, a striking contrast between them was the role and voice of indigenous and local communities in managing wild resources.
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CBNRM: does it have a future?
SULiNews editor Robin Sharp starts the discussion on Community Based Natural Resource Management as an approach to conservation and sustainable use. Has it proved to be of value and does it have a future?
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Improving lake governance for sustainable fisheries in the Philippines
Maartje Hilterman and Ipat Luna illustrate how an Ecosystem Alliance supported project in the Philippinnes improved lake governance for the benefit of both conservation and local livelihoods.
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Rhino trophy imports into the US: perspectives from the US and the impact on communities in Namibia
What does the recent US F&WS approval of an import permit for a black rhino hunting trophy mean for conservation, trophy hunting and local communities? SULi members John J Jackson III and Brian Jones explore different perspectives.
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Dugongs: Indigenous hunting matters, but less than some other impacts
Helene Marsh adds nuance to the debate on indigenous dugong hunting in relation to dugong conservation and animal welfare concerns.
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Livelihood strategies in the Western Ghats
Understanding the livelihood impacts of conservation strategies on forest-dependent people is critical for both conservation planning and human well-being. New SULi member Kiran Mallapur introduces her doctoral research on the forest dependent peoples of the Indian Uttara Kannada region.
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Are new knowledge systems a key to community engagement?
SULi Vice-Chair for Europe, Robert Kenward, shares his experience with bottom-up conservation in Europe through technology-based citizen science
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The collapse and recovery of saltwater crocodiles in Australia's Northern Territory
What links outback hunters, commercial breeders, indigenous livelihoods, expensive handbags and conservation? Grahame Webb makes the connection through incentive driven crocodile conservation in Australia.
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CITES CoP 16 and sustainable use and livelihoods
A large IUCN delegation attended the 16th Conference of the Parties to CITES in March. SULi Chair Rosie Cooney summarizes key CoP decisions and relevant debates on sustainable use and livelihoods and reflects on their implications.
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CITES and the sustainable use and trade of polar bear
The proposed uplisting of polar bear at CITES CoP 16 was a hotly debated issue among member states, NGOs and the Inuit of Canada's Arctic regions. John cheechoo gives us the full story.
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Conservation and land grabs – part of the problem or part of the solution?
The multi-faceted and evolving relationship between ‘land grabbing’ and conservation was explored at a recent PCLG symposium. Dilys Roe and others discuss challenges and opportunities.
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Hunting: Conserving wildlife, key to global cultural heritage
At the 60th General Assembly of the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC), experts came together to discuss hunting from a wildlife management and a cultural heritage perspective. CIC's CEO Tamas Marghescu and colleagues report.
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World Indigenous Network Conference
SULi Chair Rosie Cooney attended the World Indigenous Network Conference and shares key messages and implications for sustainable use and livelihoods.
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Community engagement in Europe: Three conferences in a week
Encouraging news from Europe, where SULi Vice-Chair for Europe Robert Kenward participated in a conference marathon, demonstrating that community engagement in biodiversity management is receiving due recognition.
> Read Robert's report
FAO International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition
Ali Kaki represented SULi at FAO's International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition, to highlight the contribution of wildlife to food security.
> Read Ali's report