[MARMAM] IMCC2 Focus Group Invitation: Marine-Based Human Wildlife Conflict: Moving towards Best Practices

Megan Draheim mdraheim at gmu.edu
Wed Apr 6 22:05:36 PDT 2011

Dear Colleagues,

The Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC) is soliciting  
interest and potential invitees for a focus group to explore lessons  
learned and best practices in addressing marine-based human-wildlife  
conflict, to be held on Sunday May 15th at the IMCC in Victoria, BC.  
While there is limited space, we hope to attract and will structure  
invitations to ensure a diverse group of practitioners and leaders in  
the marine conservation field. Please read the background information  
below and contact us at mdraheim at gmu.edu if you are interested in  
joining this group. In your email, please include your name,  
affiliation, years of experience, specialization, current projects, if  
applicable, and expectations for the session. A list of your relevant  
publications (if any) would also be helpful.

We look forward to meeting and working with as many of you as possible!

Francine Madden, Executive Director, Human-Wildlife Conflict  
Collaboration (HWCC)
Megan Draheim, Research Fellow, HWCC, and PhD Candidate, George Mason  

Background: While human-wildlife conflict (HWC) has long been  
recognized as a serious conservation threat within the terrestrial  
conservation biology community, there have been few opportunities for  
the sharing of lessons learned and best practices, both between the  
terrestrial and marine communities as well as cross-taxonomically  
within the marine community. HWC has classically been defined as a  
situation where wildlife impacts humans negatively (physically,  
economically, or psychologically), and where humans likewise  
negatively impact wildlife, but there is growing consensus in the HWC  
community that the conflict between people about wildlife is as much a  
part of HWC as is the conflict between people and wildlife (www.humanwildlifeconflict.org 
). HWC not only affects the conservation of one species in a certain  
geographic area, but also impacts a community’s desire to support  
conservation programs in general. This focus group facilitated by  
leaders from the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaboration (HWCC) will  
engage leading marine conservationists in a dialogue to 1) identify  
commonalities across the spectrum of marine conflict issues facing the  
marine community, 2) share lessons learned and 3) map a path for both  
developing and sharing best practices in effective conflict prevention  
and resolution.

This focus group will result in a review paper on marine-based human- 
wildlife conflict that will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.  
The paper will focus on the current state of marine-based human- 
wildlife conflict, underlying similarities between situations, and  
potential solutions.

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