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Community rights-based approach for sustainable wildlife management

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    What do we mean by community-based sustainable wildlife management?
    Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme
    2021
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    The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme aims to improve the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife in forest, savannah and wetland ecosystems in member countries of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS). Our work focuses on how to reconcile the challenges of wildlife conservation with food security and rural socio-economic development, particularly where rural communities use wildlife in their diet and to supplement their income, and where it is part of their culture. The SWM Programme is working in 15 countries, namely Botswana, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Guyana, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. To achieve robust, community-based sustainable wildlife management, the SWM Programme is promoting a framework that encompasses a better understanding of the environment and its resources, community rights, governance, management, and reduces rural dependency on unsustainable natural resource use. These components represent the minimum prerequisites: if one is missing, sustainable use is unlikely to be achieved.
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    Guyana newsletter, Issue 9 - October 2021 to April 2022
    Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme
    2022
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    The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme, in Guyana is encouraging coordinated community-driven initiatives that support food security and traditional livelihoods. These will contribute to maintaining healthy fish and terrestrial wildlife populations. It is being implemented by the Guyana Wildlife Conservation and Management Commission in coordination with CIFOR. The SWM Programme is an initiative of the Organization of African, Caribbean, and the Pacific States, which is funded by the European Union with co-funding from the French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) and the French Development Agency (AFD). It mobilizes an international group of partner organizations with experience and expertise in wildlife conservation, food security, and policy development. It is implemented through a consortium partnership, which includes the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and the French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD). Activities are being implemented in 15 participating countries, namely Botswana, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Guyana, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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    Making moves from conflict to coexistence
    Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme
    2021
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    The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme aims to reconcile the challenges of wildlife conservation with food security and rural socio-economic development. To meet this objective, an innovative behaviour change approach is being developed to address human–wildlife conflict (HWC) and create a more balanced coexistence between people and wild animals. This holistic SWM Programme approach is based on an HWC mitigation framework that: • takes into account the strong temporal and spatial dynamics of HWC in a landscape; • considers the needs and expectations of affected people as well as the wild species with which they share the habitat; • adopts a decision support system to select a suite of both short- and long-term intervention measures; and • provides guidance on practical solutions to avoid and minimize risk, while reducing and offsetting the cost of coexisting with wildlife. The SWM Programme is working in 15 countries, namely Botswana, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Guyana, Madagascar, Mali, Namibia, Papua New Guinea, Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Sudan, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This approach is currently being tested in Gabon, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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