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

July 2012


Gold medalists of the natural world

Running, jumping and diving is on everyone’s mind these days as the London 2012 Olympic Games kick off and the world watches the best human athletes compete. But humans aren’t the only ones that display incredible feats of athleticism–today IUCN offers up the gold medalists of the animal kingdom.  These animal athletes, some of which are listed as threatened on The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™, are the fastest sprinters, the highest jumpers and the most graceful gymnasts in the natural world.  Full story

Common Froghopper (Philaenus spumarius)

Innovative insurance schemes save snow leopards

In the rocky Himalayan Mountains of Baltistan, of northern Pakistan, the elusive and beautiful snow leopard Panthera uncial is in a battle for survival.  SSC members are involved in two projects: An SOS project is promoting community-based incentive programs to promote snow leopard conservation in Gilgit-Baltistan while the Rolex Award for Enterprise has enabled Cat Specialist Group member Shafqat Hussain to extend coverage of his innovative insurance scheme

Leo the Snow Leopard

First ever Spoon-billed Sandpiper chicks hatch in the UK

Fourteen Critically Endangered Spoon-billed Sandpipers were hatched in captivity last month after precious eggs were rushed thousands of miles from Arctic Russia to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Slimbridge Wetland Centre in the UK. This operation is part of an SOS - Save Our Species supported project implemented by IUCN (International Union of Conservation of Nature) member, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT).Full story  SOS project details


Sea turtle conservation in French Guiana

Located within the unique Amazon ecosystems of French Guiana is Awala-Yalimapo beach, the most important nesting site for endangered Leatherback turtles and an essential habitat for Green and Olive Ridley turtles. An evaluation of the recovery plan for these turtles has recently been conducted to assess its effectiveness and to account for the progress that has been made since its implementation over the last five years. Full story

Leatherback turtle swimming amongst fish

Pakistan's national animal makes a come-back

The SOS-Save our Species-supported project implemented by IUCN Member the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, is proud to report a remarkable rebound in the markhor population. These results are largely due to conservation efforts focused on strengthening local institutions. Community surveys led by WCS in the Kargah region in Northern Pakistan indicate a markhor population of roughly 300 individuals (up from 40-50 in 1991).  Full story

SOS WCS markhor 2011A-004 11A-04-05

Protecting more than just the cute and cuddly

Continuing our series of Conservation Heroes blogs are Resit Akçakaya, Dr Alexine Keuroghlian and Grahame Webb, whose work focuses on aspects of conservation that are not normally considered to involve cute and cuddly species.  If you want to know what the Crododile SG Chair was doing in 1975 ... full story

Grahame Webb in 1975


Cat News 56 Spring 2012 and a Special Issue  no7 June 2012 featuring the jaguar in Brazil.  This Special Issue presents a series of articles on the Jaguar National Action Planning Workshop, where a red listing exercise was performed with workshop participants and discussed in plenary sessions.  The purpose of this publication is to inspire other groups preparing their action plans on methods, tools and techniques that can be successfully applied.

IUCN SSC Cat Specialist Group


Lemur News 16, the journal of the Madagascar Section of the Primate Specialist Group is available from the Primate SG website. Disponible en français

And read BBC News Environment correspondent, Richard Black's report on the SG meeting in Madagascar to assess lemurs in July. Lemurs sliding towards extinction


Conservation Breeding

 - Deadlines for regular registration for CBSG’s Annual Meeting to be  hosted by  Melbourne Zoo,4-7 October are fast approaching! Access the developing program and register now !

 - On 5 July 2012, CBSG Chair Onnie Byers joined a group of Amphibian Ark representatives at Highgrove House near Tetbury, England, to celebrate the conservation contribution of a rainforest hero and raise the profile of a critically imperiled group of vertebrates. Amphibian Ark partner Dr. Luis Coloma named a newly discovered frog species, Hyloscirtus princecharlesi, in honor of Charles, Prince of Wales, for his commitment to rainforest conservation.  Full story

 - Visit the eUpdates page for our new eUpdate which includes details about recent workshops for the red panda, horned guan, central American squamates, and our application of simulation modeling to free-roaming cat populations in the US. Upcoming projects include a Central American River Turtle PHVA in Mexico, Vortex modeling course, and human-elephant coexistence trainings in India. CBSG eUpdates are available in French, Spanish, and English.

IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group

Freshwater Fish

The latest issue of the FFSG newsletter 2012/1 is available on the website.  It includes reports on the FFSG Group Annual Meeting, FFSG at the 
SSC Chairs’ meeting in Abu Dhabi, the Second Workshop for Evaluation of Extinction Risk of Brazilian Freshwater Fishes and the Anguillid Specialist Sub-Group.


Congratulations to Paul Skelton, a founding member of the FFSG and currently the regional Vice-Chair for Southern Africa, who has received the Distinguished Old Rhodian Award.  This award recognises Old Rhodians who, through their individual actions and achievements, have enhanced the reputation of the University. Paul also worked very closely with the Species Freshwater Biodiversity Unit over the last 5-6 years to lead on the freshwater biodiversity assessment of Southern Africa  Colleagues consider him to be one of the most dedicated and effective campaigners for conservation of freshwater fishes.

IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group


The FAO Committee on Fisheries meeting in Rome 10th July 2012, Sawfish Side Event, hosted by IUCN and the United States government, and in partnership with the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, was a great success. We were very pleased that participants came from a diverse range of backgrounds; attendees were from the secretariats of the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species, the Convention of Migratory Species, several sawfish range States, artisanal fishermen, and conservation NGOs. The discussions were engaging and covered a broad range of topics. Full details here



 The Deer SG has a new look website.  View it here DSG website.

IUCN SSC Deer Specialist Group


 FrogLog issue 103 is available download.  This edition takes a regional focus on Sub Saharan Africa.   

IUCN`s Amphibian Specialist Group

WCPA/SSC Joint Biodiversity and Protected Areas Task Force

 The following events being run by the group in Jeju:

• The results of the initial model derived from objective 1 of the Task Force will be presented at a workshop: session 0783, "Rethinking Protected Areas Systems: evidence-based solutions for a positive conservation future" on 11 Sep 2012, at 11:00 - 13:00, Room: Hall A

• A workshop focused on end users needs of the emerging standard will also provide a update on objective 2 of Task Force: Session 0749, " Identification of Sites of Global Biodiversity Conservation Significance: defining global standards and mobilizing standardized biodiversity data - Real-World Applications" on 08 Sep 2012, at 14:30 - 16:30, Room 202

See also the recent special edition of the Journal of Threatened Taxa which features Key Biodiversity Area work from around the world. 


Guidelines on the Use of ex situ Management for Species Conservation: Review deadline extended

A revision of the SSC guidelines on ex situ management is currently under way, partly because of a need to make existing guidance clearer and partly because of a desire to take account of many related developments within SSC since the current guidelines were adopted in 2002. The intent is that they will offer more practical assistance when deciding if and when ex situ activities should be included in the conservation strategy for a taxon. The draft guidelines have been discussed at the 2011 Conservation Breeding Specialist Group annual meeting in Prague, and revisions subsequently have been reviewed by a small drafting group comprised of several Specialist Group (SG) and SSC Subcommittee Chairs. Feedback from across the SSC network will be warmly welcomed. Consult the draft guidelines here. Please send comments to office@cbsg.org  by the extended deadline of 22nd August 2012.


Generous contribution to SOS

 SOS – Save Our Species would like to thank Janet Monteith-Wong for generously donating the domain name www.SaveOurSpecies.org
Ms. Monteith-Wong took it upon herself to contact us and offered to donate a domain name that SOS had sought to register in the past. We are extremely grateful and appreciative of her wonderful contribution. The new domain name now redirects to our current website which will be changed to the new address.

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Red List events at Congress

There are two Red List training opportunities in Jeju:

 Engaging the worldwide Red List community: Building capacity for assessing species´ extinction risk Note that as this is a  Conservation Campus event that you must pre-register for via the log in to the registration system. Conservation Campus Event no. 748


Red List training - new tools available Species Pavilion Event no. 1182

Logo for IUCN Red List

Future for Nature Award 2013 - Second Call for Candidates

Are you an outstanding, talented and young conservationist? Or do you know someone who fits this profile? You or your colleague might be eligible for one of the three Future for Nature Awards of € 50.000 each! Interested? Please apply no later than September 7th, 2012.


2014 Indianapolis Prize: call for nominations

Nominations for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation, will be accepted from now through February 28, 2013. The $100,000 biennial award is given to an individual animal conservationist who has made significant achievements in advancing sustainability of an animal species or group of species. It represents the largest individual monetary award for animal conservation in the world and is given as an unrestricted gift to the chosen recipient.  Click here for details.


Whitley Fund for Nature – Call for applications for the Whitley Awards 2013

 The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering “Whitley Awards” to outstanding nature conservation leaders around the world. Whitley Awards are both an international profile prize and a form of project funding (currently £35,000 over one year).
The application process for the Whitley Awards 2013 is now open deadline for applications is 31s tOctober  2012. Full info here


VII CBUC Congresso Brasileiro de Unidades de Conservação, 23-27 setembro 2012

Segunda chamada para asinscrições. Marque presença em um dos mais importantes eventos sobre conservação da natureza na América Latina.

Tema: “Áreas Protegidas: um oceano de riquezas e biodiversidade”
Local: Centro de Convenções de Natal (RN) 


Millenium Development Goals 2012 Report

The latest UN Millenium Development Goals Report for 2012 is now available in all UN official languages here.  The IUCN Red List Index (and derivations / disaggregations thereof) is used to report against Goal 7 on Ensuring Environmental Sustainability. This year’s report includes results from recent analyses published in Science in 2010, and PLoS One earlier this year. See pages 50 and 51, in particular. 


Journal of Threatened Taxa, August 2012 Vol 4

The 45th issue of the Journal of Threatened Taxa, a special issue on Key Biodiversity Areas, is online now. The Key Biodiversity Area series documents the application of the concept and showcases the results from various parts of the world. Edited under the auspices of the IUCN WCPA SSC Joint Task Force on ‘Biodiversity and Protected Areas’.


Swimming across the Mediterranean and the Black Seas

The conservation status of the marine mammals and sea turtles that inhabit the Mediterranean and Black Seas has been a subject of concern and interest for many years. The species analysed in this report, previously classified by IUCN at global level, show for the first time the regional status for those cetacean species resident in the Mediterranean Sea, presenting a more endangered status as compared with their global standing. Full story


EAZA e-news August 2012

Access EAZA's monthly news bulletin here.


Other IUCN publications

 Marine mammals and sea turtles of the Mediterranean and Black Seas (2012)

Mediterranean submarine canyons: ecology and governance (2012)

Protected landscapes and wild biodiversity (2012, IUCN/WCPA/GIZ/BMZ)


Countdown to Congress

Access the latest news on the events, dialogues, opinions, information on registering for Conservation Campus, ecotours, and more in the Countdown to Congress

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Motions to be debated: comment via the blog

The IUCN World Conservation Congress (WCC) motions blog is open. There are some 45 species-related motions, many covering topics dear to the SSC.  At the WCC, these motions will be negotiated by the government and NGO members of IUCN (with possible text changes) and then voted on by the by the members. Any motion that is adopted becomes a formal resolution of IUCN.

You can view the motions without logging in, but if you want to make comments on the blog you need to log into the system.  Simply click on “To register or recover your password click here”, follow the steps, and your login details will be sent to you by email.  The most effective comments will be those that actually propose specific wording changes to the motions, with a brief justification for these proposed changes. General comments will have less impact.  If there are any motions of particular concern to you, but you cannot make it to Jeju, please let us know, and we shall try to carry your concerns to the Congress.

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Registration is still open

The Congress starts with the five-day Forum, a conservation debate hub that is open to all, featuring knowledge cafés, workshops, training courses, poster sessions and five high-profile World Leaders’ Dialogues. The Forum then leads into the three-day Members' Assembly, IUCN's highest decision-making body and a unique global environmental parliament of governments and NGOs. Visit the Congress website for full information on Registration and Forum events.  Français  I  Español

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IUCN Library News

Through 31 December 2013, SAGE is offering free trial access to all past and future issues of Dialogues in Human Geography, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to human geography as a whole and in relation to social and environmental sciences. Although registration is required, there is no fee and no restriction on who can take advantage of this opportunity. For more information on this periodical and SAGE's offer, visit the journal's website.

the World Bank Open Knowledge Repository is the official open access repository for research outputs and knowledge products from the World Bank. Providing access to books published since 2009, journal articles, and reports in English and other languages, the repository will now be regularly updated to include content produced prior to 2009, content from third-party publishers, and links to data sets. The collection can be accessed online from the Open Knowledge Repository website, where one can also find tips for effective searching and more information on the system's future developments.


A New IUCN Logo to Highlight Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability

The Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability has led a cross-Commission competition to create a new logo to be used when there is a special emphasis on youth engagement and collaboration across generations in Council, Secretariat, Commission, and Member projects, appearing beside the IUCN, Commission, or Member logo.

The logo captures the themes of youth engagement and mutual learning and collaboration across generations in our work to realize the IUCN vision of a “just world that values and conserves nature.” We are pleased to announce that the winning logo was designed by Ivan Onatra of Colombia. The Task Force on Intergenerational Partnership for Sustainability congratulates Ivan on his winning entry.  To add an element of suspense, Ivan’s winning logo will only be unveiled at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, South Korea. The launch event will be held on the 9th September 2012 at 16:30 in the Just World Pavilion

See all youth-related events at Congress in our Intergenerational Wikispace, plus relevant Motions, young Caroline Seagle’s campaign for Council, and much more!


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