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News from the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the IUCN Species Programme

February 2012


Big boost for wildlife conservation: 23 new SOS projects

Top wildlife experts from around the world have allocated $US 3.3 million to 23 species conservation projects. Gorillas, cockatoos, and frogs are some of the many threatened species that are receiving a helping hand from SOS (Save Our Species), a global conservation fund initiated by IUCN, the World Bank and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Drawing on species conservation knowledge accrued over decades by IUCN, for the first call for proposals SOS focused on species groups that were completely assessed on IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species™ and already had specific conservation action plans in place. Nineteen different organizations will use these funds to conserve threatened animal and plant species and their habitats. Full story and info on the projects

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Twelve percent of marine species in tropical eastern Pacific threatened

Twelve percent of marine species surveyed in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction.  Main threats to the region’s marine flora and fauna include over-fishing, habitat loss and increasing impacts from the El Nino Southern Oscillation.  The study is the first IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ assessment available for all known species of marine shore-fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, sea birds, corals, mangroves and seagrasses in a major marine biogeographic region. The analysis identifies specific geographic zones where conservation efforts are needed most, including around the mouth of the Gulf of California and the coastlines of Panama and Costa Rica, while also identifying the nature and location of the greatest dangers to marine life.  Full story

Leatherback Turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)

Sale of Elephant Meat Increases Threat to Elephants in Central Africa

Elephant meat in Central Africa has an earning potential that could exceed that of ivory according to a new report by the IUCN SSC African Elephant Specialist Group and the CITES Monitoring the Illegal Killing of Elephants (MIKE) programme. To prevent a future increase in elephant poaching, consumer demand for elephant products must be reduced and law enforcement efforts should be focused on those who commission and fund the elephant hunting parties. Full story

Elephant meat trade in Central Africa : summary report

Exploiting limestone, Silvered langurs lose their “home”: a response

Several recent Vietnamese language newspaper articles have drawn attention to the critical status of Silvered langur (Trachypithecus germaini) populations in Kien Luong district in southern Vietnam that are threatened by cement production. IUCN’s Vietnam office is working with Holcim Vietnam Ltd (HVL), one of the cement companies involved, to establish two new protected areas to offset the environmental impacts of its quarrying operations. The company has agreed to slow down quarrying in the langurs’ habitat and is supporting mangrove replanting to facilitate migration for the primates. A proposal to establish a nature reserve to protect Kien Luong’s remaining karst hills is still awaiting approval by the provincial government. IUCN and HVL are also cooperating to establish a nature reserve to protect the last area of natural grassland, an important habitat for the Sarus crane (Grus antigone).   IUCN Viet Nam has cooperated with HVL since 2008, assisting the company to include environmental considerations into its production chain.  Full story

Indochinese silvered langur in Hon Chong

France joins 'Save Our Species'

The quest to protect globally threatened species has taken a large leap forward with the announcement of the French Global Environment Facility’s (FFEM) commitment to support SOS (Save Our Species) with a € 1 million grant. SOS, a global coalition initiated by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank, will use the new funding to protect the diversity of life on the planet through on-the-ground field conservation work.  Full story

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Niger creates the largest protected area in Africa

On March 6th, 2012, the Niger government formally established the Termit & Tin Toumma Nature and Cultural Reserve thus providing much-needed protection to some of the world’s most endangered species, including the addax antelope, the dama gazelle, the Barbary sheep and a small population of the elusive Saharan cheetah.  After almost a decade of effort, the reserve’s establishment is the result of strong cooperation between the Nigerien authorities, donors like the French government, the EU, and the Sahara Conservation Fund, and the Convention on Migratory Species. Local stakeholders have also been heavily involved in the process, including pastoralists living in the area and who see the reserve’s establishment as an opportunity to preserve their way of life and the natural resources on which they depend. More info

Addax in Termit & TinToumma Nature and Cultural Reserve, Niger

Fungi steal the show at SSC Chairs meeting

David Minter, Chair of the Cup-fungus, Truffle & Ally SG, is pictured here having discovered desert truffles in a local market in Abu Dhabi.  After some serious financial negotiation, he was able to procure several specimens .  "I am delighted to be able to bring charismatic fungi to this meeting" enthused David, seen here sporting his Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund t-shirt.  The SSC Chairs meeting took place in Abu Dhabi from 23-27 February and a full report will be available soon.  Cup-fungus, Truffle & Ally SG profile

David Minter strikes gold in Abu Dhabi market


The Tapir SG developed their TSG Strategic Plan 2012-2014 during the Fifth International Tapir Symposium held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in October 2011. The plan includes 53 action steps the TSG will put into practice over the next three years between now and the Sixth International Tapir Symposium to be held in Brazil in 2014. 


Adult lowland tapir (Tapirus terrestris)


The Rhino Resource Centre  NEWSLETTER 26 – FEBRUARY 2012 is now available.  Contents include: 
Capture of Puntung in Sabah, Rhino horn thefts, The Rhinoceros in Mammals of the World, Bibliography of Fossil Rhinocerotidae, Pachyderm 50 is near, RRC Website Report 2011 and much more. Download here.

Southern White Rhino subspecies (Ceratotherium simum simum) Dr Richard Emslie

South American Camelids

El Grupo de Especialistas en Camélidos Sudamericanos (GECS) cumplió sus primeros 40 años en diciembre del año 2011. La historia, pasión y trabajo voluntario de los miembros del grupo durante este periodo merece ser recordada y celebrada. Dedicamos este número del GECS News a dar cuenta de las labores realizadas por el grupo y a la memoria de Carlos Ponce del Prado, un ex Presidente del GECS, fallecido en el año 2007.

The latest edition of GECS celebrates the 40th anniversary of the South American Camelids SG.Download it here.

A guanaco in Torres del Paine National Park, Chile

Seahorse, Pipefish & Stickleback RLA

 The latest edition of Project Seahorse News is available online here.



Gnusletter Vol 30 issue 1 is now available online. Features include:  ASG and strategic planning, Handbook of the Mammals of the World taxonomy, When is an Oryx Wild?, Giraffe Specialist Group: An okapi perspective,as well as a report from the ASG Meeting held in November 2011.

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The Canid Specialist Group announces the publication of its Strategic Planning for Ethiopian Wolf Conservation. The plan was produced at the strategic planning for Ethiopian wolf conservation meeting in Lalibela, Ethiopia, in 2011. It includes a detailed species status review and a blueprint for the conservation of these rare and endangered canids and their Afroalpine habitats during the next decade.Download pdf A limited number of hard copies of the plan are available via info@ethiopianwolf.org  Cost incl. P&P: UK £15; Europe €20; Rest of the World US$30.

Ethiopian Wolf (Canis simensis) 2008 IUCN Red List Status: Endangered

The newlook Species website is now live

The new Species web site www.iucn.org/species  provides a stronger platform to communicate on the range of work we do both in the Global Species Programme and the SSC through the inclusion of a more comprehensive “Our Work” section. There are more links back to projects, the SSC specialist groups, the Red List website and of course the Donate page! We will continue to add content and make some improvements over the next few months - please send your Specialist Group news to lynne.labanne@iucn.org

Need to know who to contact in the Global Species Programme?  Go to the contacts page where there is a wealth of information about who does what and where to find them.


The IUCN Red List now on Facebook

Check out new The IUCN Red List Facebook page at  www.facebook.com/iucn.red.list  The page has just been launched and over the next few weeks we will be adding features to it. Make sure you “like” us and tell your friends!

We are also on Twitter https://twitter.com/AmazingSpecies  so make sure you follow us to keep up with our news!

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Red List Workshop Calendar

 Access the latest calendar of upcoming Red List workshops here

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International Wild Equid Conference, Vienna,18-22 Sept 2012

The conference will be held at the University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria from 18-22 September.  It is open to all scientists, managers and wildlife professionals actively working on equid research, conservation and management throughout the world.  Abstract submission deadline is June 15, 2012. More info


Bryophyte Conservation – Follow up on the 2010 Biodiversity Target, April 2012, Budapest

The European Committee for Conservation of Bryophytes in cooperation with the Hungarian Natural History Museum will arrange the 8th Conference of European Committee for Conservation of Bryophytes: Bryophyte Conservation – Follow up on the 2010 Biodiversity Target in Budapest (Hungary), 18-21 April 2012. More information



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Encyclopedia of Life Announces Open Access Support Project with Pensoft Publishers

Encyclopedia of Life is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Pensoft Publishers  that will increase the flow of new species descriptions from scientists in developing countries into the Encyclopedia of Life and promote the open access publishing model in taxonomy.  Many of Pensoft’s journals, including the International Journal of Myriapodology (centipedes and millipedes), MycoKeys (mycology), PhytoKeys (botany), and ZooKeys (zoology) will participate in the new EOL Open Access Support Project (EOASP). The initiative will provide funding to support independent taxonomists and taxonomists living in developing countries to publish their results in Pensoft’s four quality journals with open access principles.  More information here


The MIDORI Prize: Nominations

The MIDORI Prize is a biennial international prize, established by the AEON Environmental Foundation,in 2010, during the International Year of Biodiversity, that honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels. The prize aims to permit the winners to extend the developmental influence their biodiversity projects throughout the world, and to raise awareness about biodiversity.  Nominations are solicited from all over the world. In order to select distinguished recipients from a broad range of fields, nominations will be accepted through the MIDORI Prize website and from academic advisors.  More info


New Re-introduction Case Studies Published

Global Re-introduction Perspectives: 2011, is the third book in a series of case study publications from the IUCN SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group (RSG). Covering 24 different countries and a range of taxonomic groups, the case studies provide valuable advice that will benefit future re-introduction projects. This latest book from the RSG features case studies involving plants, mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates. The projects have also been classified by the degree of their success so that factors that lead to the success or failure of a project are identified and can be replicated or avoided in the future. 

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Global Re-Introduction Perspectives: 2011

Aperçu du statut de conservation des poissons marins présents en mer Méditerranée

Ce rapport examine le statut de conservation de l'ensemble des poissons marins autochtones de la mer Méditerranée. Il repose sur les évaluations de 513 espèces et 6 sous-espèces réalisées selon la méthodologie de la Liste Rouge de l'UICN. En outre, le rapport identifie les espèces de poissons marins menacées d'extinction à l'échelle régionale, de sorte que des mesures de conservation adéquates soient mises en place afin d'améliorer leur statut.  Download pdf (7.7Mb)

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CITES and CBNRM : proceedings of an international symposium on "The relevance of CBNRM to the conservation and sustainable use of CITES-listed species in exporting countries"

These symposium conclusions should be helpful in identifying options to enhance the CITES Strategic Vision post-2013, particularly the effectiveness of Goal 1 ("Ensure compliance with and implementation and enforcement of the Convention"). It also identifies important links between CITES and other relevant MEAs and provides an opportunity to enhance international policy coherence regarding local communities as important stakeholders and conservation partners.  Download PDF  (3.6Mb)


Advancing the Species Conservation Agenda: An overview of the IUCN SSC Network 2009-2012

Compiled for the recent SSC Chairs meeting in Abu Dhabi this overview includes a profile of each of the over 100 SSC Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities, Sub-committees and Task Forces of the SSC describing their achievements in 2011, their successes and challenges as well as plans for the future.  Advancing the Species Conservation Agenda

Great Hammerhead (Sphyrna mokarran)

Conservation priorities for freshwater biodiversity: The Key Biodiversity Area approach refined and tested for continental Africa, Holland et al

Freshwater ecosystems represent one of the most threatened broad habitat types globally. Despite containing around a third of all vertebrates, area-based approaches to conservation planning rarely include freshwater species as an explicit target for conservation. Here we describe and apply a globally applicable methodology comparable to those for other groups (i.e. Important Bird Areas) to identify river and lake catchments that represent, or contain, freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas. We discuss the rationale behind the methodology and propose appropriate definitions and quantitative threshold values for the selection criteria. Available online here


Wildlife Heroes

WILDLIFE HEROES profiles 40 leading wildlife conservationists including several SSC Specialist Group chairs and members. The book combines unique real-life stories, stunning photographs, and fascinating animal information to make a point: we can turn the tide and save species in decline. Acclaimed for vision, determination and success, the individuals profiled in the book have dedicated their lives to preserving compelling creatures that are struggling for existence.  For more information and to order the book go to  www.wildlifeheroes.org

Wildlife Heroes: 40 Leading Conservationists and the Animals They Are Committed to Saving is published by Running Press

Zooquaria 77 - the quarterly magazine of EAZA

Highlights in this issue include philosopher Alain de Botton's reflections on the role of zoos, a look at Odense Zoo's new aviary, and the great debate: should castration be used as a management tool for captive gorillas? All this plus an amphibian conservation update and the second in our series of six articles exploring field conservation projects selected by the EAZA-IUCN/SSC Southeast Asia Campaign.   Download here



WAZA commemorates 77 years

WAZA presents a commemorative volume, highlighting milestones in the history and development of an international representation of the zoo and aquarium community for the years 1935 to 2012. In this book you will find many historical facts, but also stories about the evolution of the partnership between WAZA and IUCN and the growing importance of conservation for both of our organisations.  More info



Other IUCN publications

 >Le balbuzard pêcheur : découvre la biodiversité du Parc National d’Al Hoceima  (2011, IUCN/AGIR)

> Baseline report : Beung Kiat Ngong Wetlands, Pathoumphone District, Champassak Province, Lao  (2011)

>Baseline report : Xe Champhone Wetland, Champhone and Xonbuly Districts, Savannakhet Province, Lao PDR (2011)

> Em Governança Partilhada! : um guia prático para as áreas marinhas protegidas da África Ocidental (2009, IUCN/CEESP/PRCM)

> Faune et flore du Parc National d'Al Hoceima (2012, IUCN/SEO-BirdLife)

>Gobernanza ambiental en Perú y Bolivia : tres dimensiones de gobernanza : recursos naturales, conservación en áreas protegidas y comunidades indígenas  (2011, FLACSO Ecuador/IUCN)

> Panduan Survei dan Pemantauan Populasi Kera Besar (2011)

> Le phoque moine de Méditerranée : découvre la biodiversité du Parc National d’Al Hoceima  (2011, IUCN/AGIR)

>Scoping and planning of integrated water resources management (IWRM) and river basin management (RBM) component in Lao PDR and Thailand for the Mekong Water Dialogues, August 2011 (2011)

>Sharing governance! : a practical guide for marine protected areas in West Africa (2011, IUCN/CEESP/PRCM)

>Le thuya de Berbérie : découvre la biodiversité du Parc National d’Al Hoceima (2011, IUCN/AGIR)

Regional Red List status of carnivores in the Arabian Peninsula (2011)



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