The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme
WELCOME TO THE SWM PROGRAMME© FAO/David Mansell-Moullin
A BRIGHTER FUTURE FOR PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE
The Sustainable Wildlife Management (SWM) Programme is a major international initiative that aims to improve wildlife conservation and food security. We are developing innovative, collaborative and scalable new approaches to conserve wild animals and protect ecosystems, whilst at the same time improving the livelihoods of indigenous peoples and rural communities who depend on these resources.
Millions of people depend on wild meat for food and income. Wild meat is an important source of protein, fat and micronutrients, particularly for indigenous peoples and rural communities in South America, Africa and Asia.
The demand for wild meat is growing, especially in urban areas. If hunting for wild meat is not managed at sustainable levels, then wildlife populations will decline and people will suffer increased food insecurity. Recent studies have shown that overhunting for food is now threatening hundreds of wildlife species with extinction.
Between 2018 and 2024, the SWM Programme will improve the conservation and sustainable use of wildlife in forest, savannah and wetland ecosystems. Field projects are being implemented in 13 African, Caribbean and Pacific countries. The aim is to:
improve how wildlife hunting is regulated
increase the supply of sustainably produced meat products and farmed fish
strengthen the management capacities of indigenous and rural communities
reduce demand for wild meat, particularly in towns and cities