The group is composed of specialists with expertise in human-primate relations in various contexts coming from a wide range of disciplines across natural and social sciences and the humanities.
Membership is by invitation only and we are currently seeking members from primate range countries with experience with human-primate interactions at the academic or practical level in these topics:
- Primate Exploitation
- Primate Tourism
- Primates in Agroecosystems
- Primate Trade
- The changing role of primates in human culture (religion, history, culture, media etc)
- Urban Primates
Our activities as a group will include:
- Coordinating a reference library of human-primate interactions. This would be wider ranging than the existing primate resource page of the IUCN/SSC Human-Wildlife Taskforce group, which focuses on human-primate conflict in agro ecosystems. Members of each sub-group would be responsible for developing and updating the HPI reference library (which will eventually be available on our website*).
- Provide interdisciplinary advice and expertise on problematic human-primate interactions e.g. in agro-ecosystems in collaboration with the IUCN Oil Palm Task Force.
- Build capacity where needed particularly in the study of the human dimension of human-primate interactions by providing training workshops in the application of social science methods and ethics in primate range countries.
- Add to existing IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group technical guidance materials, resources and tools as and when appropriate.