The CPW is a voluntary partnership of international organizations with substantive mandates and programmes for the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources. The mission of the CPW is to increase cooperation and coordination amongst its members and other interested parties on sustainable wildlife management to promote the sustainable use and conservation of terrestrial vertebrate wildlife in all biomes and geographic areas. Rosie Cooney (SULi Chair) is vice-chair of the CPW, of which the IUCN is one of 12 member organisations.
The CPW carries out its mission by:
- facilitating communication and sharing of information on policies, programmes and activities among members and other parties;
- promoting debate, increasing understanding, and identifying and filling knowledge gaps on critical wildlife management issues;
- undertaking joint initiatives and collaborative activities;
- contributing to the streamlining and harmonization of wildlife use and management-related reporting to international organizations and instruments and fostering a common understanding of wildlife-related terms and definitions; facilitating the work of parties to wildlife-related environmental conventions by providing advice and producing joint statements and papers on relevant issues to the international wildlife policy dialogue;
- developing and submitting coordinated project proposals to CPW members and other relevant bodies including donors;
- facilitating cross-sectoral cooperation at all levels;
- serving as a clearing house for sustainable wildlife management.
CPW was founded in Bangkok, Thailand in March 2013. It contributes to the implementation of decisions emanating from wildlife-related conventions, including CBD decision XI/25 on sustainable use of biodiversity: bushmeat and sustainable wildlife management. The CPW operates in an open, transparent and flexible manner. Its work plan for 2013-2014 sets out four thematic priorities under which specific activities will be carried out:
Wildlife, Food Security and Livelihoods
- Provision of knowledge and back-up support for members and countries to address bushmeat and other issues related to wildlife, food security and sustainable livelihoods.
- Improved understanding of the direct and underlying causes of HWC in the different regions of the world.
- Dissemination of successful response mechanisms.
- Support development of strategies, policies, and management systems that contribute to legal and sustainable hunting.
- Support provided to appropriate efforts to combat poaching and other forms of illegal hunting.
Coordination of the Partnership and Outreach
- Establishment and consolidation of the partnership.
- Building understanding and conveying common messages on issues of global relevance related to sustainable wildlife management.