Russian Translation of IUCN Guidelines on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence

Samarkand, Uzbekistan, February 2024 – The Russian translation of the IUCN Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence (HWCC) Guidelines was launched at COP14 and and can now be accessed online through the IUCN HWCC Specialist Group’s website.

What is human-wildlife conflict?

The IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group defines human-wildlife conflict as ‘struggles that emerge when the presence or behaviour of wildlife poses actual or perceived, direct and recurring threats to human interests or needs, leading to disagreements between groups of people and negative impacts on people and/or wildlife’ (IUCN SSC HWCTF, 2020).

Examples range from wild animals like elephants and deer raiding crops, causing financial losses for farmers and prompting retaliatory killing, to predatory animals such as big cats or wolves attacking and killing livestock, impacting the livelihoods of farmers and herders.

In western Kazakhstan, a rapidly growing Saiga antelope population is moving through areas used for agriculture, trampling hayfields and competing with livestock over the region’s limited freshwater resources. This evolving conflict has sparked discussions among various stakeholder groups, including local and national government officials, local pastoralists, and civil society, regarding the optimal strategies for managing this burgeoning Saiga antelope population.

About the Guidelines

The Guidelines offer fundamental principles for effective practices, providing practical guidance on addressing conflicts and fostering coexistence with wildlife. Written by a consortium of conservation practitioners, community leaders, decision makers, researchers, and government officers, they are both comprehensive and practical, providing tools and approaches which can be adapted to any species and region, and used by any individual, organisation, community or government.

We hope that the Russian translation, which was funded by our partner, the RSPB, will support stakeholders in Kazakhstan and other Saiga range states achieve sustained human-wildlife coexistence.



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