CITES and livelihoods

 Handbook on CITES and Livelihoods

     Part I - How to rapidly assess the effects of the application of CITES decisions on livelihoods in poor rural communities.
     Part II - Addressing and mitigating the effects of the application of CITES decisions on livelihoods in poor rural communities.

     (Spanish version available here)

 CITES Livelihoods side event at the 66th Standing Committee meeting (Geneva, Switzerland, 11 January 2016) - presentations:
      Watch the new video "from poachers to heroes". developed by Organization of American States

      > A framework to improve biodiversity and livelihoods outcomes (by Michael 't Sas-Rolfes, IUCN SULi)
      > ITC technical assistance to CITES Parties (by Alexander Kasterine, ITC)
      > Transferencia del apéndice II de la población de Crocodylus acutus (Cuvier, 1807) de la Bahía de Cispatá, Colombia (by Giovanni Ulloa, ASOCAIMAN)

 Report of the CITES and Livelihoods Working Group meeting (Cispatá, Colombia, 11-13 February 2015) 
     Available from the OAS Website in English and Spanish

 

“The implementation of CITES is better achieved with the engagement of rural communities” (Resolution Conf. 16.6)

Rural communities depend heavily on wild species for their livelihoods. Parties to CITES recognize the potential impacts on livelihoods of rural communities of CITES-listing decisions but also the opportunities of sustainable income and resources provision through long-term species conservation strategies (Resolution Conf. 16.6).

To better assess potential positive and negative impacts and enhance sustainable livelihoods and species conservation, CITES Parties created a working group with the mandate to develop tools for a sustainable implementation of CITES listings, the mitigation of negative impacts and the enhancement of positive opportunities for rural communities.

The Standing Committee Working Group on CITES and Livelihoods, has developed tools to assess and address impacts of CITES-listing decisions on the livelihoods of the poor. Those tools are:

  • the Toolkit to rapidly assess the impact of the implementation of CITES listings decisions on livelihoods of poor rural communities
  • the Guidelines to mitigate negative impacts and empower poor rural communities

>>> Link to the CITES and Livehoods toolkit and guidelies submitted at COP16 (CoP16 Inf.21)

 

Resources

 

Members of the working group on CITES and Livelihoods

The Standing Committee Working Group on CITES and Livelihoods is chaired by Peru with the following members: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Guatemala, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, the United States of America, Zimbabwe, ITC, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP-World Conservation Monitoring Centre, IUCN, Conservation Force, IFAW, IWMC – World Conservation Trust, Pro-Wildlife, RESP, Safari Club International Foundation, Species Survival Network and TRAFFIC.

 

List of potential case studies/successful experiences

 
Species specific cases
 
  • African grey parrots and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Amazona estiva and livelihoods of indigenous people
  • Crocodiles and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Markhor and Livelihoods of rural communities
  • Pangolins and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Polar bears and livelihoods of indigenous peoples
  • Rosewood and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Shark listings and livelihoods of small scale fisheries
  • Snakes and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Snow leopard and livelihoods of rural communities

 

Thematic cases

  • Bushmeat and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Criteria to determine a successful livelihood experience
  • NTFPs and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Sustainable tourism and livelihoods of rural communities
  • Wildlife crime and livelihoods of rural communities 

News, highlights & events

The Working Group on CITES and Livelihoods met in Cispatá, Colombia, from 11 to 13 February 2015 to discuss successful livelihoods experiences and stimulate the exchange of lessons learned regarding the conservation and sustainable use of CITES-listed species. The Workshop reviewed the document CoP16 Inf. 21 based on the feedback received in response to the Notification No. 2014/063.  >>>More Information [English][Spanish]
 
 

Pictures © Sebastian Restrepo, 2012. Peru, rural community of Lucanas, CITES and livelihoods : sustainable use in practice