Action Plan for Threatened Species in North Africa

07 June 2012 | Event

The opening meeting of the project entitled “Creation and Implementation of Species Action Plans in the Mediterranean Countries » will take place the 12th June 2012 in Alger, Algeria. 

This event will be the occasion to present the project as well as the activities to be realized during the 3-year time of the project (2012-2014), in the presence of the different project’s partners from North Africa countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia). It will also be the opportunity to discuss and adopt the species selection criteria which will define which species benefit from these conservation action plans.

At the Mediterranean level, a recent edition of the IUCN Red List shows that around 19% of the Mediterranean species known are likely to disappear, and 1% has already at the regional level (Cuttelod et al. 2008). In that situation, conceiving and implementing species conservation strategies is essential. These strategies are excellent tools to evaluate species and habitats conservation statutes, as well as to determine priorities in the field of conservation. Such a strategy permits to gather all the available knowledge about species ecology as well as establish a clear list of the conservation actions to be lead.This strategy summarizes data and information and translates them into appropriate conservation recommendations. It is conceived to help the decision-makers in charge of allocating the funds and authorizing activities.

This is true for the whole Mediterranean region, included North Africa species. Among the great mammals present in this area, some have disappeared long time ago such as the wild populations of Atlas lions (Panthera leo leo) and bubal hartebeests (Alcelaphus buselaphus), erased during the 20th century’s first half. Other species are currently maintained in captivity such as the Scimitar Oryx (Oryx dammah). Great mammals still having wild populations like the Barbary stag (Cervus elaphus barbarous) are evaluated as almost threatened, vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered. Incidentally, an efficient example of conservation in this region is the situation of the Addax (Addax nasomaculatus) whose population has been largely restored in Tunisia and Morocco, although closed conditions.

With this project, IUCN-Med aims to promote the sharing of experience and expertise in order to elaborate conservation measures for Threatened Mediterranean species. Over a first phase, this project will cover North Africa countries (Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia). These needs in terms of training, capacity building and information sharing have been recognized as majors during the last IUCN North Africa Members Forum (Rabat, Morocco, October 2011).

This project will be coordinated by the IUCN Center for Mediterranean Cooperation with the collaboration of the IUCN Species Programme, with the support of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, the IUCN Sub-Committee for Species Conservation Planning, and governmental organisms in charge of environmental matters within the three countries. This project counts on the financial support of the MAVA Foundation and will last 3 years (2012-2015)

Further information: Catherine Numa

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