Sharing experiences: Opportunities to Implement the Recommendations on Bushmeat
TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network, CBD Secretariat, COMIFAC (Central Africa Forest Commission), IUCN-Suli (Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group) and ZSL (Zoological Society of London)
Date and Time
9 October 2012 13:15 - 14:45
Over-exploitation of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians in many tropical and sub-tropical countries is increasingly threatening food security and livelihoods, and is causing significant biodiversity loss. At the same time the wise use of wild animal protein contributes to people’s needs for protein, taste and rural economy. In 2008, the Conference of the Parties, at its Ninth meeting has identified the unsustainable hunting and trade of wild fauna for bushmeat and their effects on non-target species as a priority issue to address. Since 2008, the CBD’s Liaison Group on Bushmeat has met twice, including once with the Central African Bushmeat Working Group of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Results have been prepared for subsequent in-depth expert discusssions at two SBSTTAs and at CoP 10, resulting in Revised recommendations on Bushmeat that are for consideration of adoption by the Parties at this CoP 11. Partners for this side-event agree to the need of increased attention of decision-makers to the hunting for wild meat, and concur that closer collaboration between Parties, relevant organizations, indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs) and other stakeholders, including the private sector, is required. Only through enhanced collaboration between concerned Parties we will achieve an improvement of the sustainability of wildlife management and hunting - essential to avoid further biodiversity loss and food insecurity in concerned States. Furthermore, appropriate livelihood alternatives should be developed and promoted, and the full and effective participation of IPLCs must be ensured, including through supporting co-management and community-based natural resource management approaches. This event aims to share the experiences of partners that have worked to stem the over-exploitation of wild terrestrial animal meat used for food and/or medicine and/or strive to showcase models of sustainable legal use of wild fauna that is hunted for such purposes. This event will contribute to and provide advice on the implementation of the CBD’s 1st and 2nd Objectives (the Conservation of Biological Diversity and the Sustainable Use of its Components) and on the CBD’s Aichi Targets; and specifically on CoP 11 Agenda item 13.6., Sustainable Use of Biodiversity. The event will also address particular needs and opportunities arising from expert discussions stemming from experience across the globe that is of relevance to governmental agencies, donor agencies development and conservation organizations, and the private ’extractives’ sector.