The conference will consist of three full days of sessions, with registration starting at 08:00am on Thursday 30th March and the conference ending at 18:00pm on Saturday 1st April. Short courses will take place on the 28th and 29th of March and a ticketed conference dinner will be held on Friday 31st March.
The conference programme will include contributions from a wide range of sectors and disciplines to share and discuss experiences, insights, research findings and ideas. There will be keynote presentations from leaders of communities living with wildlife, experts in peacekeeping, biodiversity, agriculture, policy, filmmaking and others, and a number of parallel sessions on the range of topics relevant to human-wildlife conflict. Around 700 proposals in the form of abstracts and session suggestions were received for consideration, and around 300 of these will be included in the programme.
The conference committee is pleased to offer a comprehensive programme of presentations, discussions and networking. Full details are in preparation and will be posted on the conference website soon. This will include:
12 keynote speakers from intergovernmental, academic, indigenous and other backgrounds (to be announced soon).
Over 130 presentations in themed symposia covering a range of topics including social dimensions, working with stakeholders, damage prevention, conflict resolution, tools and technologies, behaviour change, financial instruments and landscape planning.
20 interactive discussion sessions focusing on topics including animal behaviour, monitoring and evaluation, working with the media, cultural and governance aspects, emerging conflicts and regional collaborations. These sessions will provide opportunities for delegates to participate in discussions and share insights.
50 posters presenting specific case studies and the latest research human-wildlife conflict and coexistence.
Side meetings to learn about the new IUCN SSC Guidelines and IUCN/FAO Case Studies on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence, policy development, and regional or species-specific cooperations and networking.
Short courses will be offered before the conference on:
Planning for human-wildlife coexistence: linking situation assessment to decision-making
Social research methods for assessing and monitoring human-wildlife conflict
Social marketing and behaviour change for human-wildlife conflict mitigation projects
Working with the media on human-wildlife conflict and coexistence issues
Mapping the risk of human-wildlife conflict
How to design insurance schemes for human-wildlife co-existence
Drinks receptions and an Oxford college conference dinner will also be held during the conference, offering further opportunities to interact, network and inspire collaborations.
Exhibition stands for conference sponsors within the venue, providing an opportunity to highlight the work of products and organizations and engage with the 600 delegates in attendance.
The International Conference on Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence aims to:
Facilitate dialogue and peer-to-peer learning across sectors and actors on the topic for partnerships and collaboration across people and institutions working on human-wildlife conflict.
Generate interdisciplinary and shared understanding of the latest insights, technologies, methods, ideas, and information from the field of human-wildlife conflict, coexistence and interactions.
Mainstream human-wildlife conflict as one of the top global priorities in biodiversity conservation and the Sustainable Development Goals for the next decade, catalysing opportunities for working together on national, regional or global policies and initiatives.
Identify and develop a collective way forward for addressing knowledge and implementation gaps for effective efforts to reduce and manage human-wildlife conflict.
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