CITES and Livelihoods
Rural communities in certain parts of the world 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.
A conservation journey
From Poachers to Heroes
List of completed/potential case studies and successful experiences
Species specific cases
- CITES and livelihoods Toolkit and guidelines / questionnaire (MS-Word)
- CITES and Livelihoods meeting (23-25 November 2016, George, South Africa): Press release | Agenda (pdf)
- CITES Livelihoods side event at the 66th Standing Committee meeting (Geneva, Switzerland, 11 January 2016) - Side event presentations:
- 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)
- CITES and Livelihoods Working Group meeting (Cispatá, Colombia, 11-13 February 2015): Report in English and Spanish
- Organization of American States (OAS) - Environmental Law, Policy and Governance Branch
- IUCN Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi) Specialist Group
Photo from the CITES and Livelihoods Working Group meeting, Cispatá, Colombia, February 2015