Thegef-Weighing the benefits of building a wildlife economy

 

 

Local communities should be enlisted as “the first line of defense” against the illegal trade of wild animals and plants, which is much more pervasive and complex than is commonly understood, TRAFFIC Executive Director Steve Broad told participants at the GEF Civil Society Consultation Meetings held in Washington this week.

 

 

“Wildlife trading is a high volume business, and it spans many thousands of animal species. You hear a lot about elephants, tigers, and rhinos, but it is much bigger than that,” he told civil society representatives from China, India, Nepal, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Panama, Colombia, Trinidad and Tobago, and elsewhere, who shared concern that wildlife trade is booming despite legal bans.

 

 

“The underlying problem is demand that is driving over-exploitation of nature,” Broad said, describing potential benefits from having rural and local communities invest in managing instead of exploiting wildlife, at the same time as officials in destination countries focus on modifying and reducing consumer demand.

 

 

Conventional approaches to stopping poaching are simply not enough, agreed Kaddu Sebunya, CEO of the African Wildlife Foundation, who described an urgent imperative to “stop the killing, stop the trafficking, stop the demand” with action across the supply chain.

 

 

Sebunya offered an optimistic view about the transformative power of engaged young people across Africa, who increasingly challenge the idea that modernization and growth must come at the expense of nature. “We need a space for wildlife: it is central to our development aspirations," he said.

 

 

Several delegates including Rodgers Lubilo of Zambia's Community Based Natural Resource Management Forum said collaboration between governments and civil society was essential to build trust and get buy-in for conservation efforts and to help people in rural areas regard wild animals in their midst as an opportunity.

 

 

“We are willing to build the wildlife economy because it brings many benefits,” Lubilo told the session. “We know as communities that we need to secure the wildlife resource. When we lose the elephants, or the lions, the leopards, or buffalos, we lose our wealth.”

 

 

In low-income countries livelihoods disproportionately depend on natural capital. Each year these governments forego an estimated $7 billion to $12 billion in potential fiscal revenues that aren’t collected due to illegal logging, fishing, and wildlife trade, according to a new report published by the Global Wildlife Program.

 

 

During the discussion, held ahead of the 57th GEF Council in Washington, several CSO leaders shared successful experiences helping rural communities co-exist with wildlife and helping governments improve monitoring in and around protected areas, including with the deployment of women rangers such as in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.

 

 

Clara Sierra of ASOCAIMAN, Colombia, described a project that has provided benefits to former crocodile hunters for monitoring the species, which increased crocodile numbers by 200 percent over the past two decades.

 

Find out more...

Go back

CBFP News

COVID-19 crisis tells world what Indigenous Peoples have been saying for thousands of years - nationalobserver

COVID-19 and other health endemics are directly connected to climate change and deforestation, according to Indigenous leaders from around the world who gathered on March 13, in New York City, for a panel on Indigenous rights, deforestation and related health endemics.

Read more …

A sustainable global economy must arise once COVID-19 pandemic is reversed, UN chief tells G-20 summit - UN

World leaders at the G-20 virtual summit held on Thursday committed to inject over $5 trillion into the global economy to counteract the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. They will also expand manufacturing capacity to meet the huge and increasing demand for medical supplies, which will be made available at an affordable price and in the shortest possible time, pledged the leading economic powers.

Read more …

Join us in the fight against COVID-19! - INTERHOLCO

Whilst our teams continue to guarantee the best customer service in this evolving situation, our thoughts are with the families of those who are suffering and our deepest gratitude goes to the medical personnel who watch over them, at great personal risk. We are thinking outside the box to collect extra funds, critical to prevention and mitigation activities in the Northern part of the Republic of Congo. In a remote area, 1000 km away from the capital Brazzaville, our medical facilities already serve on a daily basis a population of 16’000 inhabitants, including indigenous people.

Read more …

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) update - iucncongress2020

In light of recent developments in France linked to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), IUCN and the Government of France are in close discussion about the impacts on the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020. Together, we are carefully considering any decisions that might need to be taken.​​​​

Read more …

New dates and venue for critical UN Biodiversity Convention meetings, dates for UN Biodiversity Conference 2020 to be adjusted – CBD

The twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA-24) will now be held 25 to 30 August 2020; and the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI-3) will take place 1 to 6 September 2020. Both meetings will be held in Ottawa, Canada.

Read more …

China’s Belt and Road Initiative could pose increased risk to endangered wildlife, EIA warns UK MPs - EIA

The global spread of China’s controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) brings with it increased risks of endangered wildlife consumption and illegal wildlife trade, UK politicians were warned. At an event organised by the All-Party Parliamentary China Group in Parliament yesterday (11 March), EIA Wildlife Campaigner and China Specialist Aron White cautioned that the international proliferation of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) – touted as a pillar of the BRI – poses potential risks for biodiversity around the world.

Read more …

Differentiated evolution of the tropical timber trade in 2019 – COMMODAFRICA – ATIBT

The 16 March 2020 article on the COMMODAFRICA website shows that log imports into China have decreased and that sawn timber imports into the European Union are increasing for the second consecutive year.

Read more …

Atibt- Timber sector in the DRC: Study on the state of play of the stakeholders

As part of the implementation of the FLEGT-REDD CERTIFICATION projects set up by the ATIBT and financed by the European Union, the FFEM and the KfW, the Federation of Timber Industrialists, in abbreviation FIB, conducted a study on the state of play of the actors of the forest and wood sector in the DRC.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2020