SULi Regional East and Southern Africa meeting - Chiredzi, Zimbabwe 23-24 May 2017
Eastern and Southern African SULi members met in Chiredzi, Zimbabwe at the beautiful Chilo Lodge in May to discuss the potential for the two regions to work together on sustainable use and livelihoods issues. The group workshopped, brainstormed, and came up with a clear direction and set of goals for the collaboration. This meeting was made possible through the kind support of the Austrian Ministry of the Environment and the EU Wild Programme.
South East Asia Beyond Enforcement Workshop - Hanoi, Viet Nam 15-16 November 2016
In November 2016 the IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, the IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (IUCN SULi), the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED) and TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, as well as the (ICCA) Consortium, supporting Indigenous Peoples’ and Community Conserved Territories and Areas held a regional workshop for South East Asia with a focus on the Lower Mekong Region to explore how best to engage indigenous peoples and local communities that live close to wildlife in efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade.The workshop is jointly funded by the Austrian Ministry of the Environment, the German Polifund project, implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and the Wildlife Trafficking Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project, supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
CITES COP17 Community Voices Day - Johannesburg, South Africa 1 October 2016
This was the first ever "Communities Day" at CITES - an event bringing together community representatives from different countries to discuss, learn from each other, and plan. It was prompted by the "democratic deficit" of the communities most affected by wildlife trade regulation having no or little say in CITES or other wildlife decision making, and represented the confluence of two different streams - SULi had been planning such a day, when we learned UNEP and ResourceAfrica had something very similar in mind. We joined forces to hold this one-day event, which was made possible by the support of the Austrian Ministry of the Environment, UNEP, GIZ Polifund, WWF South Africa, the USAID Resilim Project, and SULi core funds provided by the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency. It was a great discussion and we hope the beginnings of a much larger initiative. Click on the link below for a full copy of the report.
SULi events at the IUCN World Conservation Congress - Honolulu, Hawai'i 1-10 September 2016
Members of IUCN SULi attended the congress in force, sharing their expertise and knowledge in a range of forums. SULi was formally involved in co-convening a number of events to discuss combating wildlife crime, improving legal wildlife trade networks, hunting for conservation and integrating Indigenous/Traditional knowledge into species assessments.
West and Central Africa Beyond Enforcement Workshop Limbe - Limbe, Cameroon 24-25 February 2016
In February 2016 the IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (IUCN SULi) and Regional Programme for West and Central Africa (IUCN PACO), International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), TRAFFIC - the wildlife trade monitoring network, and the Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA - Cameroon), held a regional workshop for West and Central Africa to explore how best to engage indigenous peoples and local communities that live close to wildlife in efforts to combat illegal wildlife trade. This workshop was supported by the Austrian Ministry of the Environment and the German Polifund project, implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
Beyond Enforcement Symposium - Muldersdrift, South Africa 26-28 February 2015
In February 2015, IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi), the International Institute for Environment and Development, the Austrian Ministry of Environment, the ARC Centre of Environment and Decisions at the University of Queensland, and TRAFFIC convened an international symposium in Muldersdrift in South Africa to explore whether and under what circumstances community-based interventions are likely to achieve success in combating current patterns of illegal use and trade of wildlife. The symposium was kindly supported by GIZ, USAID, and the Austrian Ministry of the Environment.