The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force, the GEF-funded and World Bank-led Global Wildlife Program, and the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit at Oxford University's Department of Zoology will be hosting the International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence in Oxford, UK, in April 2020. The conference is organised in collaboration with the IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and several other organisations.
The conference will be an international event aiming to bring together researchers, community leaders, government representatives and participants from academic, non-profit, and private sectors from around the world to advance knowledge, foster inter-disciplinary discussions and find solutions to mitigate and manage human-wildlife conflict. The programme will include scientific presentations, discussions and learning platforms of interest to practitioners, policy makers, donors and community leaders alike. It will be an interdisciplinary conference, seeking participation from diverse fields such as ecology, animal behaviour, psychology, law, conflict analysis, mediation and peacebuilding, international development, economics, anthropology, and many more.
The conference will be held at the University of Oxford Examination Schools, a historic building in the city centre with convenient transport and accommodation options. We are working towards making a number of grants available for individuals who may need financial assistance with travel, registration, or accommodation. Our conference website includes information about calls for contributions, registration fees and deadlines.