Since wildlife knows no national borders, more regional and cross-boundary management efforts are needed. With this in mind, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) and IUCN-SULi organised a workshop entitled “Towards a Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management”, at the occasion of the 5th World Conservation Congress of IUCN from 6-15 September 2012 in Jeju, Republic of Korea. The workshop gathered together organisations with an interest in wildlife management including CIC, IUCN, CBD, OIE, FAO and TRAFFIC.

The CIC, from which the idea was born, had prepared motion 155 entitled “Collaborative Partnership on Wildlife” which served as the basis for the workshop discussions. Great support was shown for the establishment of a voluntary CPSWM, initially among Multilateral Environmental Agreements, intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations with demonstrated contributions to the sustainable management of wildlife. It was agreed that the Programme of Work of the partnership could initially focus on the issue of bushmeat and subsequently on further issues relating to the sustainable management of wildlife. The motion was later adopted with minor amendments, including a statement that the IUCN WCC “supports the initiative of establishing a voluntary Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management (CPSWM)”.

The successful adoption of motion 155, together with the decision on the CPSWM which was taken later at the 11th Conference of the Parties to the CBD from 8-19 October 2012 in Hyderabad, India carries forward the process which was started by the CIC, following a suggestion from Jan Heino, President of the CIC Policy and Law Division and former Assistant Director General of the Forestry Department of FAO, who successfully chaired the Collaborative Partnership on Forests, a possible model for the CPSWM.

Looking forward, this CIC initiative is well on its way to becoming a truly global partnership for the sustainable management of wildlife resources. By sharing their professional knowledge and experiences, the members of the CPSWM will be able to not only help improve wildlife management in their area of influence but also produce added value for their respective constituencies.

Mark Ryan is Assistant Co-ordinator of Divisions at CIC, the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation