International summit on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence held in Oxford, UK

Current Affairs

  • The International summit on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence was held on 30 March1 April 2023 in Oxford, UK, in which thousands of activists from about 70 countries united to find a solution to the issue of humanwildlife conflict.
  • More than 75% of the world’s wild cat species are affected by conflict-related killing, and several organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the UN Development Programme, and others are working together to promote coexistence between humans and wildlife.
  • It aims to develop an interdisciplinary and shared understanding of the latest insights, technologies, methods, ideas and information on humanwildlife conflict. Develop a collective action plan to manage and reduce human-wildlife conflict.
  • Effective management of human-wildlife interactions to minimise for coexistence across countries will be the fulcrum of the discussions.
  • It was prescribed in Target 4 of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework agreed at the UN Biodiversity Conference in December 2022.

The International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence aims to:-

  • Facilitate dialogue and peer-to-peer learning across sectors and actors on the topic for partnerships and collaboration across people and institutions working on human-wildlife conflict.
  • Mainstream human-wildlife conflict as one of the top global priorities in biodiversity conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals for the next decade, catalysing opportunities for working together on national, regional or global policies and initiatives.
  • Identify and develop a collective way forward for addressing knowledge and implementation gaps for effective efforts to reduce and manage human-wildlife conflict.
  • Generate interdisciplinary and shared understanding of the latest insights, technologies, methods, ideas, and information from the field of human-wildlife conflict, coexistence and interactions.

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