The IVth International Wildlife Management Congress (IWMC) will be the first time that the IWMC comes to Africa. The Wildlife Society (TWS) in partnership with Wildlife and Environmental Society of South Africa (WESSA), SANParks, EZEMVELO KZN Wildlife will host this prestigious congress at the Durban International Convention Centre, South Africa from 9th - 12th July 2012.
The III International Wildlife Management Congress (IWMC) was held at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch from 1st – 5th December 2003. It was the first time a wildlife management meeting of this magnitude was held in the Southern Hemisphere. The Wildlife Society, a wildlife science & educational association based in the USA, co-hosts these Congresses every few years. Each International Wildlife Management Congress is located in a different part of the world and is run jointly with one or more local partners. The first two Congresses were held in Costa Rica (September 19th -25th, 1993) and Hungary (June 28th - July 2nd, 1999) and attracted attendees from 66 countries.
Previous International Wildlife Management Congress gatherings have attracted an average of 600 delegates involving global organizations, government officials, academics, NGOs, CBOs and other Wildlife Management practitioners. The 2012 IWMC hopes to attract 1000 delegates from around the globe.
South Africa has many examples of exemplary practice in wildlife management and human capacity building innovations ranging from adaptations of scientific developments, to community-based natural resource management and empowerment programmes to share in this global forum. Both educational and natural resource management transformation efforts in Southern Africa also stand to benefit from the international exposure and expertise
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