Navigating conflict over iconic wildlife

How can we better ensure that neither biodiversity conservation nor livelihoods are negatively impacted by conflicts over iconic wildlife? As human populations expand and natural habitats shrink, people and wildlife increasingly clash over food and habitat. These interactions drive conflicts between different interest groups with strongly held positions, creating some of the most intractable conservation challenges. Working to address deep-seated human-wildlife conflicts requires innovative ideas and approaches.


To safeguard species and community livelihoods, the institute is working with Griffith University, the University of Aberdeen and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Species Survival Commission (IUCN-SSC) Human-Wildlife Conflict Task Force to create an overarching standard for addressing conflicts over biodiversity.

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The Luc Hoffmann Institute, together with Griffith University, hold workshops to formulate a vision of “institutionalised good governance in human-wildlife coexistence in wildlife conservation”.



The Luc Hoffmann Institute commissions a systems analysis study on “The state of knowledge and practice on human-wildlife conflicts”, driving exploration on a global standard.


The Luc Hoffmann Institute and Griffith University convene stakeholders and community groups in Namibia and introduce an innovative approach to discussing and solving conflicts.


March 2020

The Luc Hoffmann Institute issues a new analysis on ‘The state of knowledge and practice on human-wildlife conflicts’. Compiled by leading specialists in the field of HWC, it points the way to developing a standard to guide and improve approaches to HWC globally.

The surprising new way to approach human-wildlife conflict: a new report


2020 and beyond

This initiative functions as the nucleus around which a consensus for the value of a standard can form between academics, conservation practitioners, and communities. The strong relationships that have been forged with key actors and the Namibia pilot will have paved the way for accelerated progress towards funding for the creation and uptake of a global standard.

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Why we need a new process to navigate conflicts over iconic wildlife 
An April 2019 thought piece by Duan Biggs, Senior Research Fellow at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.