IIED webinar: Community-based approaches to tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade

Date: 30 March 2020
Where: Online
An African wild dog

An African wild dog. Carnivore attacks on livestock result in significant costs to local households (By Zweer de Bruin via FlickrCC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

IIED hosted a webinar on 30 March 2020 to discuss community-based approaches to tackling illegal wildlife trade, with a focus on responding to human-wildlife conflict.

There is growing recognition among practitioners and policymakers that indigenous peoples and local communities are key to the success of initiatives aimed at tackling poaching and illegal wildlife trade (IWT). Community engagement can entail a wide range of approaches including, but not limited to:

  • Involving communities in law enforcement efforts
  • Generating incentives for community-based conservation
  • Involving communities in decision-making on IWT project design and implementation
  • Recognising and supporting community rights to manage and benefit from wildlife, and
  • Reducing the costs of living with wildlife – including reducing conflict between communities and wildlife.


Francesca Booker (, researcher (biodiversity), IIED's Natural Resources research group