Session IV - Monitoring Human-Wildlife Conflicts for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

27 September: 14:00 - 15:30 CET

The session focuses on approaches to measure the success of a Target on human-wildlife conflict and the challenges faced through discussions with parties already conducting such activities to identify lessons that can be learnt



Dr Alexandra Zimmermann

Chair of the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force

Alexandra Zimmermann is the Chair of the IUCN SSC Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force. She specializes in conservation conflict and human-wildlife conflict, with over 20 years’ experience in leading biodiversity conflict resolution initiatives around the globe. Having worked with practitioners, researchers, policymakers and communities in a diversity of situations, she brings global perspectives and insights to this conservation challenge. Alexandra is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, and Senior Advisor to The World Bank’s Global Wildlife Program. She is an interdisciplinary scientist, with degrees in zoology and conservation science before she specialised in social research, non-profit strategy, conflict negotiation and multilateral conflict resolution. 


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Basile van Havre

Co-Chair for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Open-Ended Working Group for a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework

Mr. Basile van Havre (Canada) is a Co-Chair for the Convention on Biological Diversity’s Open-Ended Working Group for a Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. He has over 27 years of experience working in Canada’s Environment Department. In addition to being Canada’s CBD focal point, his roles included Director General of Biodiversity and Partnerships and Director of Population Conservation and Management at the Canadian Wildlife Service, Chair of the CITES Elephant working group and CBD Discussions on Indigenous Knowledge and Repatriation, Co-Chair of the International Joint Commission on Great Lakes Water Quality Board, Director at the Meteorological Service of Canada

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Kristina Rodina

Forestry Officer, Wildlife and Protected Areas, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Kristina Rodina is a Forestry Officer at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO). Since 2017, She coordinates global work on wildlife and protected area management in the FAO’s Forestry Division. She also serves as the Secretary of the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management, which is a voluntary partnership of 14 international organizations with substantive programmes for the sustainable use and conservation of wildlife resources. She has with over a decade of experience spanning three continents and several themes, from wildlife conservation and trade, to natural resource management; to international environmental and policy development; and to protected areas conservation and management. Prior to joining FAO, she worked as Wildlife Trade Country Manager at WWF Myanmar and before that for TRAFFIC, wildlife trade monitoring network, based in Budapest Office. Kristina has background in ecology, environmental policy and management. 


Dr Rogerio Cunha de Paula

National Research Center for Carnivores Conservation, CENAP/ICMBio, IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group and IUCN SSC Canid Specialist Group, Brazil

Dr. Rogerio Cunha de Paula is a Brazilian biologist, working for the National Research Center for Carnivores Conservation, within the Chico Mendes Institute for the Conservation of Biodiversity (Environmental Ministry). He is responsible for designing and executing strategies to improve species status and activities to reduce human-carnivores conflict aiming through coexistence strategies. He coordinates the National Action Plans division supervising the production and implementation of mammal action plans. He is part of committees such as the IUCN’s Cat and Canid Specialist Groups. His expertise encompasses techniques for carnivores monitoring and management, population sampling as well as habitat and population modeling among other research methods and techniques. 


Thea Caroll

MIKE Programme Coordinator, CITES Secretariat

Thea Carroll is the Coordinator of the CITES MIKE (Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants) Programme, based in Nairobi, Kenya. She joined the MIKE Programme in 2018 and is responsible for the coordination of the programme across the 99 MIKE sites in Africa and Asia (69 MIKE sites in 32 African elephant range States; 30 MIKE sites in 13 Asian elephant range States).  Prior to her current position, she was the Chief Director: Biodiversity Management in the Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of biodiversity conservation and management.

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Dr Simon Pooley

Lambert Lecturer, Birkbeck University of London, UK

Dr. Simon Pooley is the Lambert Lecturer in Environment (Applied Herpetology) in Birkbeck’s Geography Department, where he directs the MSc in Environment and Sustainability. He is a member of the IUCN SSC Task Force on Human-Wildlife Conflict, and the IUCN Crocodile Specialist Group. His research interests range across geography, environmental history, ethnozoology and conservation science. Simon takes an interdisciplinary approach to studying the historical, cultural and ecological dimensions of human-animal interactions, and how to integrate other knowledge systems and stakeholders into facilitating human-wildlife coexistence. Simon has a particular interest in crocodilians, with fieldwork mainly in southern Africa, and recently Gujarat, India.