Document Library - Supporting Human Life

Factsheet 2: Sustainable wildlife management and wild meat

Wildlife makes an essential contribution to food security for many people worldwide, and wild meat may be the only available source of animal protein for many people. At the same time, current policies usually focus on the pressures posed by the overexploitation of wildlife and ignore the contribution of wild meat to food security. Wild meat may also carry health risks related to diseases transmitted to humans through the handling and consumption of animals. How is it possible to maintain food security while reducing the ecological and health risks associated with wild meat consumption?

Climate change guidelines for forest managers

The effects of climate change and climate variability on forest ecosystems are evident around the world and further impacts are unavoidable, at least in the short to medium term. Addressing the challenges posed by climate change will require adjustments to forest policies, management plans and practices. These guidelines have been prepared to assist forest managers to better assess and respond to climate change challenges and opportunities at the forest management unit level.

Factsheet 1: Sustainable wildlife management and biodiversity

Sustainable wildlife management is an essential tool to conserve certain biodiversity and for main­taining and enhancing ecosystem services. Species biodiversity confers resilience to ecosystems, underpins the functioning of ecosystems and provides many products and services to society. Incentive-driven approaches to manage and use wildlife sustainably can contribute to wildlife and biodiversity conservation and benefit sharing with indigenous and local communities.

Rewarding the service providers: a policy brief

Co-published with ITTO, this policy brief raises awareness among policymakers and the general public about the vital role of tropical forests in providing environmental services and the increasing need for beneficiaries to compensate forest owners or managers for those services. The brief builds on the insights gained at the International Forum on Payments for Environmental Services of Tropical Forests, which was held in San José, Costa Rica, in April 2014. It sets out the rationale for, and the constraints faced by, PES schemes, and key recommendations for scaling them up.