IUCN’s 4th World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea, in September of this year is already beginning to feel long gone, but it is not too late to flag up some of the contributions of the SULi community, which as usual was active and well-represented at the event. That is our main aim in this 3rd issue of SULiNews. While it is never possible to recapture the buzz of ideas and the face to face interaction of a committed and lively bunch of people, the reports we present reflect the breadth of topics in which SULi folk engaged and the general direction of travel.
When one mega-conservation gathering, in this case the CBD Conference of the Parties in Hyderabad in October, follows hard on the heels of another, there are always logistical and capacity challenges, not always overcome. However it was gratifying that the thread of increasing commitment to the Collaborative Partnership on Sustainable Wildlife Management linked the two events and that SULi’s partnership with a range of key players was thereby strengthened. So an overview of Hyderabad also features in this number. However it is not all conferences. We cover sustainable use challenges in South America and the contribution of freshwater fisheries to livelihoods in North Africa, along with a review of the hot topic of the use of lead ammunition by hunters. There is also a further contribution to the rhino debate. We were hoping to wrap up this discussion for the time being but as we go to press we hear of further developments. We will keep readers posted.
Next time, in what may be a more customary format, we aim to focus on the slippery topic of payment for ecosystem services (PES) on which there has already been a lively debate on the SULi listserver. If you are interested in contributing and have not been in touch already, do let us know.
Thanks again to all contributors for your co-operation.
Robin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and David (email@example.com)