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What is human-wildlife conflict?

Human-wildlife conflict is one of the most complex and urgent challenges for wildlife conservation around the world. It typically involves situations in which a threatened species poses a direct threat to people and their livelihoods, resulting in retaliation against the species they blame for this.

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Who we are

The IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force is a global advisory group of experts from a range of subjects working on interdisciplinary approaches to wildlife conservation.

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What we do

Interdisciplinary approaches are needed to mitigate and prevent human-wildlife conflicts. The Task Force supports the IUCN network, conservation practitioners and international organisations around the world with guidance and information on best practice in this field.

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Human Wildlife Conflict


One of the roles of the Task Force is to provide guidance and collate information to support conservation practitioners working on human-wildlife conflict and related issues. In our document library you will find some of the key literature on many human-wildlife conflict topics and species. The Task Force will also be producing guidance on key topics including assessing conflict, understanding the conservationist's role in human-wildlife conflict, conflict analysis and engaging with stakeholders.