A woman in Kiat Ngong village, Xe Pian National Biodiversity Conservation Area, Lao PDR

Welcome to SULi!

SULi is a global expert network formed by IUCN as a joint initiative of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) and the Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP).

SULi seeks to mobilse the knowledge and energy of its volunteer members, bridge the social and biological strengths of CEESP and SSC, and link strategically to a wide range of partners to synthesise knowledge and provide credible, high quality, trusted analysis and guidance on sustainable use and its contribution to conservation and livelihoods; translate this information into policy objectives and outcomes; and help mobilise ongoing efforts to change practice on the ground.

                                                          OUR MISSION
Promote both conservation and livelihoods through enhancing equitable and sustainable use of wild species and their associated ecosystems.


News from SULi

Beyond Enforcement: engaging communities in wildlife crime

Briefing Paper: Communities and Wildlife Crime

Alarming rises in illegal wildlife trade over the last decade show that tougher law enforcement is not enough to stop poachers from devastating populations of iconic or endangered species. However, the trend towards increasingly militarised law enforcement can harm communities who live alongside wildlife and have real power to protect it. A recent symposium led by IUCN’s Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi) Specialist Group, along with IIED and other partners, discussed the incentives and governance structures needed to effectively engage local people in wildlife conservation. Local people must be allowed to benefit from conservation efforts and be supported by responsive, efficient law enforcement agencies as equal partners in the fight against wildlife crime.

Beyond Enforcement symposium issues key conclusions and recommendations for combating wildlife crime

SULi and partners convened a path breaking symposium in February 2015 focused on the role of communities in combating poaching for illegal wildlife trade. The symposium was attended by over 70 researchers, community representatives, government officials, UN agencies and NGOs from five continents and generated a set of key conclusions and policy recommendations.

MEDIA RELEASE:Community-led solutions: a key force in tackling wildlife crime

On the eve of World Wildlife Day (3 March) a set of recommendations on engaging communities in combating the illegal wildlife trade (IWT) at the source has been issued by a group of more than 70 researchers, community representatives, government officials, UN agencies and NGOs from five continents. Read more...

MEDIA RELEASE: Innovative approaches to tackling wildlife crime on the frontlines

Symposium on "Beyond Enforcement: communities, governance, incentives and sustainable use in combating wildlife crime", South Africa, February 2015

Ground-breaking community-led approaches to combating wildlife crime around the world will be shared at an international symposium taking place in Muldersdrift near Johannesburg from 26-28 February, attended by researchers, community groups, government officials, UN agencies and NGOs. Read more...

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Chair of SULi Dr Rosie Cooney
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    Dr Rosie Cooney

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Chairs Message, September 2014
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