Giant anteater in Guyana, South America. Photo: Allan Hopkins / Flickr .

The Sustainable Wildlife Management program is an initiative of the ACP Secretariat, funded by the 11th European Development Fund (EDF), and implemented through a partnership involving the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Cooperation Center for Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) , the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).

The program aims to reconcile wildlife conservation issues with those of food security in a set of socio-ecosystems, wetland and savannah, by promoting the sustainable and legal exploitation of resilient animal populations by indigenous rural populations and by increasing and diversifying the supply of protein for rural and urban populations.

The project will contribute directly to offer sustainable options for food security and livelihoods in accordance with traditional lifestyles, while maintaining healthy wildlife populations in Guyana. In order to achieve this, SWM will ensure that local efforts to manage wildlife sustainably are supported by policies, laws, and regulations at the national level from different sectors that influence directly or indirectly the sustainable use of wildlife.

The project aims to contribute to the analysis, evaluation, and advisory to the institutional and legal framework for the sustainable use of meat from wild species resilient to hunting or fishing.

To fulfil the objective, SEI team will collect, compile and analyse existing policies and corresponding legislation/regulations relevant to the sustainable exploitation of wildlife; review legal studies about biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of renewable natural resources; identify gaps in the normative texts using Diagnostic Legal Tools and formulate recommendations to ensure a legal framework that allows the sustainable use of wild species resilient to hunting and fishing.