Since the last newsletter in March, we've taken work forward in a number of our key areas. We would like to better understand what others are doing in these areas and keen to collaborate, so please get in touch if you are interested.
SULi was involved in highlighting the contribution of sustainable wildlife management to food security, through helping the organisation of a side-event at the Rome FAO Forests and Food Security and Nutrition meeting in May. Ali Kaka, head of IUCN East and Southern Africa and I developed a presentation highlighting the important and often overlooked contribution wild meat makes to food security, and the urgent need to develop more sustainable and legal management approaches involving indigenous peoples and local communities. Meanwhile the FAO-led project we are involved with, assessing the contribution of wild meat to food security and livelihoods in Southern Africa has begun, with Dr Peter Lindsey at the helm.
This month we are holding a Panel Discussion at the MARE Fishers and the Sea conference in Amsterdam, focused on building bridges between traditional and scientific knowledge in small-scale fisheries. SULi members Vivienne Solis (of CoopeSolidar Costa Rica), Jeppe Kolding (University of Bergen) will present alongside V. Vivekanadan (of the International Collective in Support of Small-Scale Fishworkers (ICSF)) and Paul van Zwieten (of Wageningen University). The Panel is a joint initiative with FEG, the Fisheries Expert Group of the Commission on Ecosystem Management. We have identified our most promising strategy on small scale fisheries as to support the implementation of the forthcoming FAO Guidelines on small-scale fisheries, focused on two specific areas - sustainable use, and the integration of traditional and scientific knowledge. Both of these areas are mentioned in the draft Guidelines, but implementing them will require considerable additional technical resources and understanding.
On international wildlife trade, SULi members will be involved in a study shortly to begin, funded by the International Trade Centre. This study aims to develop an analytical framework for understanding the (often complex) interlinkages between international trade in wild resources, and the outcomes for conservation and community livelihoods. It further aims to examine how interventions to support sustainability (both regulatory e.g. CITES and non-regulatory e.g. certification) can impact on conservation and livelihoods. ITC aims to support "trade for good" - that is both sustainable and promotes local benefits - but whether and under what circumstances wildlife trade supports these objectives is the focus of this analysis. ITC has previously collaborated with IUCN (the Boa and Python Specialist Group) and TRAFFIC in investigating the sustainability of the python trade from SE Asia to Europe. The aim is that this study will help shape further commodity-specific investigations of ITC, as well as those of other stakeholders.
On other matters, over the last couple of months we have also provided input into the development of the Human Dependency knowledge basket, the SSC draft Manifesto on Large Carnivores in Europe, and various members have participated in the World Indigenous Network conference, the CIC (International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation) General Assembly, the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy meeting, and the IPBES Expert workshop on Indigenous and Local Knowledge systems in Japan.