"Human-Wildlife Conflict and Coexistence" conference in Oxford, UK


On 30.03-1.04 we had the pleasure of attending an international conference on human-wildlife conflicts, organized by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), the oldest international organization focusing on conservation issues.
The conference, attended by nearly 600 researchers, scientists and conservationists from around the world, was held in the beautiful English university town of Oxford.

Dozens of delegates from around the world spoke during the three-day meeting. A wide range of problems and methods of solving them were addressed, and the topics crossed almost every continent of the planet. From tigers in Indonesia, to lions and caracals in Namibia, elephants in Botswana, wolves and bears in Romania, to jaguars and gwanacos in South America. Conflict management methods, principles of effective education and the best techniques for working with local communities based on respect and understanding of needs were discussed. Among the speakers we had the opportunity to see many world-renowned scientists, such as wolf experts John Linnell and Luigi Boitani!

However, the conference was not only about lectures, but also, and perhaps most importantly, about meeting other participants and exchanging experiences. We had the opportunity to meet wolf researchers from other countries and hear about the latest ideas for new, innovative research, or lesser-known methods of resolving wolf-breeding conflicts.

Some of the lectures were recorded and are available on the organizer’s YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkP5dWpe7Mdu-D7prR7MeNQ.

Author: Joanna