Human-Wildlife Conflict by Ahimsa Campos Arceiz

Developing a framework to address human-wildlife conflicts

Half-day workshop at the International Wildlife Symposium 2017

24 October, Syiah Kuala University, Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

By Ahimsa Campos-Arceiz

The Management & Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME), School of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus;

Human-wildlife conflict (HWC) can occur whenever people and wildlife share a landscape. Indonesia is a megadiverse country, rich in charismatic megafauna, including large carnivores and herbivores prone to conflict. As human population and forest encroachment continue to expand, HWC can be expected to increase, further threatening wildlife. Finding effective ways to mitigate HWC is therefore a key challenge for Indonesia’s wildlife conservationists.

In this workshop we will discuss a general framework to address HWC. The key components of the workshop will include:

  1. definition of HWC,
  2. identification of HWC patterns and drivers,
  3. human dimensions of HWC,
  4. definition HWC mitigation objectives,
  5. design and implementation of HWC mitigation strategies – a hierarchical approach,
  6. the importance of evidence-based and adaptive approaches.


This workshop is relevant to any wildlife conservation student and professional working in landscapes with HWC. The workshop will be interactive and participative. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own examples of HWC under the presented mitigation framework.