PARIS — Three reports released today by the Python Conservation Partnership assert that the wild harvesting and farming of pythons is ecologically sustainable and gives socioeconomic benefits to poor households in Southeast Asia.
The PCP is a partnership between Kering, the International Trade Centre and the Boa and Python Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Three years of research back the studies titled “Sustainable Management of the Trade in Reticulated Python Skins in Indonesia and Malaysia,” “Trade in Python Skins: Impact on Livelihoods in Vietnam” and “Trade in Python Skins: Impact on the Livelihoods in Peninsular Malaysia,” which were initially presented Sunday in Johannesburg, South Africa, the PCP stated.
Among its findings were that the wild harvest of pythons is ecologically sustainable in Sumatra, Indonesia, and that managing size limits and monitoring harvested snakes would contribute to sustainable trade.
Since its founding in 2013, the organization has also backed training of people involved in the python business, and tested ways to verify the sourcing of pythons and improving the traceability of their skins. The association published its first report in 2014 on the viability of farming pythons.
Coming up: The PCP is to publish technical documents later in 2016 about using new techniques to confirm the provenance of python skins. It is also to release best-practice guidance for animal welfare and management in python farms and processing facilities, which will be first implemented and tested in Kering’s supply chain to help refine them.
In 2017, the PCP plans to open the partnership to a wider range of players in the python trade.