Our fourth issue of SULiNews ranges over some mega-topics such as yet another but perhaps seriously hopeful reform of Europe’s Common Fisheries Policy and the thorny question of what payment for ecosystem services (PES) really contributes to conservation. At the same time we bring news of the sustainable and unsustainable use of horseshoe crabs around the globe and gathering honey from the wild rock bee in the Niligri Biosphere Reserve in connection with community ecological monitoring. Reflecting on a recent major symposium on protected areas Emily Castro asks if the contribution of Indigenous Community Conserved Areas (ICCA’s) is being properly appreciated. We break some new ground in the CITES context with a report of a visit to China to look at the ivory market there, along with an assessment from colleagues in the Boa & Python Specialist Group of the large trade in South-East Asian python skins. Bushmeat, often written about in the context of tropical forests, is explored by Netty Purchase and Peter Lindsey with the African savanna as the geographical backdrop. We have an overview of an overview of food security and aquatic conservation projects supported by Rockefeller – and some appetising book reviews which may have you pressing the order button.

We thank all our contributors for their collaboration and readiness to fit in with our publishing constraints. In particular we are looking for more articles on PES, not least if you disagree with Martyn Murray’s provocative opening sally. Do let us have feedback – and please keep the articles coming.

Robin and David