Best Practices in Sustainable Hunting: A Guide to Best Practices From Around the World

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    Best Practices in Sustainable Hunting: A Guide to Best Practices From Around the World
    Published by the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC)
    by Dr. Rolf D. Baldus, Gerhard R. Damm and Kai-Uwe Wollscheid

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    Download the entire guide at View attachment 2784 .

    Foreword by Jan Heino, FAO Forestry Department

    Wildlife management and conservation can provide excellent opportunities for rural development. Sustainable use of wildlife significantly contributes to local and national economies in many parts of the world, and I very much welcome the initiative to share best practices and experiences in this area, launched by our colleagues from the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC).

    As the leading UN agency in international efforts to combat hunger and poverty, FAO helps developing countries and countries in transition to improve their agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and to ensure good nutrition for all. In pursuit of rural development, food security and poverty alleviation, FAO supports its member countries in formulating policies for conservation and sustainable use of renewable natural resources through informed participatory processes.

    FAO’s involvement in the wildlife sector has evolved over the years. FAO pioneered internationally funded field projects on wildlife and protected area management in the 1960s and maintained this momentum well into the 1990s. Between 1975 and 1996, FAO guided the implementation of more than 200 projects related to wildlife and protected areas in 85 countries.

    Over time, the complexity of conservation activities has increased inexorably. FAO’s activities have changed considerably, including a reduction of field work. However, simultaneously our work now encompasses formulation of policies and legislation, involving all relevant stakeholders and working with local communities to meet their needs. Given its neutrality and recognized expertise in policy, institutional and legal matters, FAO is particularly able to support member countries in wildlife policy and law development. Large international non-governmental organizations have significantly increased their involvement in projects over the years and are now the major implementers of field activities.

    In February 2008, member countries attending the sixteenth session of the African Forestry and Wildlife Commission and its Working Party on Wildlife and Protected Area Management requested FAO support and assistance in, among others, examining the potential for sustainable use of wildlife and creating enabling environments for allowing nature tourism, sustainable hunting tourism and other forms of wildlife use. The delegates also strongly confirmed the importance of wildlife for rural development in Africa and its relevance in the delivery of FAO’s mandate in food security and poverty alleviation.

    FAO believes, in keeping with the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) and the UN Millennium Development Goals, that partnerships are the way forward for delivering sustainable development and poverty eradication. We are increasingly working with partners in our wildlife-related activities, as in our other areas of work.

    Our cooperation with CIC provides a good example of the mutual benefits that can be drawn from such partnership. The organizations complement each other in developing an enabling framework for sustainable use of wildlife and in developing wildlife and hunting policies and laws. FAO benefits from CIC’s extensive membership, broad experience and diversity in practical wildlife management. CIC members provide valuable inputs for the fine-tuning and finalization of FAO’s work on wildlife policy and legislation. A joint network of specialists from CIC and FAO is improving exchange of information and sharing of policy expertise. FAO then provides a neutral forum for discussing the best practices and policy options.

    I am pleased to see our collaboration increasing over the years. Our collaboration in addressing wildlife issues in Central Asia, dating back to the Bishkek Global Mountain Summit in 2002, has been very fruitful. This publication on Best Practices in Sustainable Hunting Tourism, available both in English and Russian, is one of the concrete results. I again sincerely thank CIC for taking the initiative to publish for the first time a compilation of best practices in sustainable hunting. I hope it will significantly contribute to sharing of knowledge and experience across the world, to serve decision-makers and practitioners in developing the wildlife sector in their countries.

    Download the entire guide at View attachment 2784 .

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