Human-wildlife interactions: Encouraging and managing stakeholder engagement

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation at Conference


There are many commonalities in human-wildlife interactions (HWI), which enable us to build a framework to better understand them. Thinking about HWIs collectively enables us to consider the costs and benefits of them to both humans and animals, and society more widely. On balance, positive HWIs are ideal, so should be supported and promoted within our society. But how to can we do this? This workshop aims to explore the importance of stakeholder engagement in HWIs, and considers how this might be developed, maintained and appreciated. The scope of HWI can represent many different species, our perceptions of which vary whether we consider them to be native or endemic versus invasive or pest, and include many different stakeholders, who might feel strongly about them whether that be positively or negatively… or maybe feel nothing at all. Within this workshop we’ll hear some examples from British and overseas conservation programmes, which have been chosen to provide examples of different stakeholder engagement and prime discussions about lessons learnt and how to move forwards proactively in the future. Lessons learnt: Conscious conservation: working with indigenous populations to manage wild boar – Ben Klinkenberg The dynamics of saving a British icon: hedgehog conservation in the UK – Lucy Bearman-Brown How familiarity with wildlife can change stakeholders’ attitudes towards them in the UK – Robin Hutchinson Stakeholders paying for wildlife interactive opportunities: the rise of zoo paid interaction – Polly Doodson Selamatkan Yaki! Talking with villagers to save the critically endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque – Vicky Melfi
Period4 Sept 2020
Event titleInternational Society for Anthrozoology Conference 2020
Event typeConference
Degree of RecognitionInternational