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Applications open - Working Group for Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence Indicator Development

The IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group is an interdisciplinary expert-based advisory group and think tank that supports professionals, organisations and governments working on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence (HWCC) by providing interdisciplinary guidance, resources, and capacity building. Founded in 2016, the Specialist Group (SG) was established to foster links between policy, science, and communities, and assimilate knowledge and capacity for human-wildlife conflict and coexistence management.

In December 2022, the Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity adopted the new Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (CBD/COP/15/L.25) which for the first time includes HWC:

Target 4:‘’ Ensure urgent management actions to halt human induced extinction of known threatened ….., and effectively manage human-wildlife interactions to minimize human-wildlife conflict for coexistence’’

As the proposed institution for coordinating the development of the framework for the HWC indicator in the Monitoring Framework for Target 4, the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict & Coexistence Specialist Group (HWCCSG) is establishing a Working Group that will aim to develop a framework for a global indicator that accurately reflects the multidimensional and context-specific nature of HWC and is both realistic and feasible for Parties.

Please see the terms of reference here and the proposed indicator rollout process here.

We invite both technical experts and representatives of Parties to the Convention of Biological Diversity to submit their applications to join the Working Group here no later than September 15, 2023. *Note that joining the Working Group does not constitute membership of the HWCCSG.

For more information or queries, please contact HWCCSG Policy Officer, Luna Milatović at



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