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

November 2012


Answering the SOS call from the wild: dolphins, rhinos, tigers and others to benefit from more funding

Flagship species conservation initiative SOS - Save Our Species is expanding its work with USD 2.5 million funding for 25 new projects. Dolphins, dugongs, manatees, gibbons, rhinos, tigers and many other lesser known yet similarly threatened species such as river turtles, Asian crocodiles, flying foxes, myriad freshwater fish and plant species are going to benefit from what will be the second round of species conservation projects within the SOS initiative – a global coalition initiated by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank. Read the full press release in English I French I Spanish


Study raises concern over international trade in python skins

A new study finds that close to half a million python skins are reported as exported annually from South-East Asia. The main importer is the European fashion and leather industry. The study raises concerns over the illegality in parts of the trade, animal welfare issues and the trade’s impact on the conservation of python populations. Read the IUCN news release here and access the full report; The Trade in South-East Asian Python Skins here.


Wildlife Conservation Day highlights action against wildlife crime

In response to growing concern about illegal trade in wildlife, the US Department of State has declared 4 December as Wildlife Conservation Day and is calling for individuals across the world to support threatened species by signing up to a Wildlife Pledge. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) welcomes this initiative given the recent escalation of poaching for a number of species that is compromising decades-long efforts towards the conservation and sustainable use of wild species. Read the full story here.

Park rangers with a rhino that has been poached for its horn

Hillary Clinton speaks out on wildlife trafficking

US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, has spoken out about the threat from wildlife trafficking, describing it as a global issue requiring a concerted global response. “Wildlife trafficking has serious implications for the security and prosperity of people around the world,” she recently told a packed meeting at the US Department of State. Read more here.

Animal skins for sale in a market

IUCN supports Cook Islands to create the world’s largest marine park

IUCN has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Government of the Cook Islands to support the establishment of the world’s largest marine protected area – the Cook Islands Marine Park. The park will contribute to conserving the region’s marine biodiversity, boosting local economic growth and preserving the health of the ocean globally. Read more here.

Mitiaro, Southern Cook Islands

IUCN Membership tops 1,200

On 16 November 2011, the 77th Meeting of the IUCN Council admitted 52 new Members to IUCN and officially recognized the Malawi National Committee of IUCN Members. IUCN Membership now tops 1,200 organizations and institutions. Read the full story here.

Penguins walking on the beach

IUCN/WI Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

The Freshwater Fish Specialist Group has a new look newsletter for the new Quadrennium. It features freshwater fish news from around the world including; Tiny Fish, Big Trouble: Australia’s Red-finned Blue-eye Battles for Survival; Historic Meeting Held on the Danube Salmon (Hucho hucho): The Largest Salmon in the World; and Restocking the European catfish (Silurus glanis). The newsletter is available here.

IUCN SSC Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

Goose Specialist Group

The latest issue of Goose Bulletin, the newsletter of the Goose Specialist Group is available now. Articles include; Geese and ducks killed by poison and an analysis of the extent of poaching cases in China; Lesser White-fronted Geese Anser erythropus) in The Netherlands in winter 2011/12; Wintering wild geese in Belgium: an update on numbers and trends (1990/91-2011/12); and First Greylag Geese (Anser anser rubrirostris) ringed in Greece. The newsletter is available to read here.


CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group

The third newsletter from the CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group features articles on the re-development of IUCN’s work on sustainable use; the hazards of lead ammunition; a response to previous SULiNews articles on rhinos; and an article on the socio-economic value of freshwater species in northern Africa. Read these articles and more here.

One-horn rhinoceros at the Chitwan National Park, Nepal

Penguin rehabilitation

How do you rehabilitate hundreds of oiled penguins to release back into the wild? Responding to the most recent oil spill from the SELI 1 wreck just offshore from Cape Town, SOS - Save Our Species funded the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) to implement emergency measures to help save one of the African Penguin's most threatened colonies. Read the full story here.


A sanctuary for Hirola

Ever seen a flying Hirola? The tall distinctive Hirola (Beatragus hunteri) is the world’s most endangered antelope and is the only existing member of its genus. It is also, quite possibly, the only one to have flown by helicopter. A SOS - Save Our Species funded project working with the Northern Rangeland Trust (NRT) aims to stabilise the population by creating a predator free sanctuary for a stock of 48 Hirola to facilitate breeding. Read the full story here.

SOS NRT Hirola Bull

Species on the Edge app

During the Christmas period the fantastic Species on the Edge app for iPhone and iPad is available at a special promotional price of just £0.69 or US$0.99. Inspired by The IUCN Red List Species of the Day initiative and the Species on the Edge book, this app features 365 profiles of plants, animals and fungi from The IUCN Red List. Each profile has a description of the species along with its conservation status, geographical location and information on the conservation action required to protect it. Illustrated by stunning images this app is fascinating for nature lovers, environmental enthusiasts and anyone concerned about the state of the world’s flora and fauna. Available at the iTunes store now.

Species on the Edge app for iPad and iPhone

2012 IUCN Congress Resolutions

Resolutions and recommendations from the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress are now available online in English, French and Spanish, along with the related voting records. The Resolutions process remains a central element of IUCN's governance system and an important means by which Members can influence future directions in the conservation community and seek international support in various conservation issues. These Resolutions and Recommendations, together with the IUCN Programme 2013-2016, constitute the foundation for the work of the Union and assist IUCN in achieving its Mission.

Jeff paper - newsletter April 2012

National Red Lists of Species and Ecosystems Training Session at the Capacity Building for Conservation Congress, 12-15 February 2013, Villa de Leyva, Colombia

As part of the Capacity Building for Conservation Congress in 2013, a workshop is to be held in Columbia to bring together people interested in National Red Lists of both species and ecosystems. The integration of IUCN Red Lists of species and ecosystems is one of the goals of the IUCN for 2013-2016, with the aim of creating a powerful tool to assist parties to the CBD in reporting progress towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and to help with land use planning and conservation priority setting at any spatial scale. The workshop will focus on strengthening the capacity of assessors to carry out Red List assessments for species and ecosystems. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available to selected applicants that are unable to cover the costs of travel and attendance. To apply for admission to the National Red Lists of Species and Ecosystem Training Session, or for further information, please contact Tina Oliveira-Miranda, Senior Scientist, Biodiversity Program, Provita; moliveira@provitaonline.org.


WCPA-SSC Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas seeks population abundance data for global study

The WCPA-SSC Joint Task Force on Biodiversity and Protected Areas is continuing its work to understand the best predictors of success in conserving protected areas. The Task Force has been successful in assembling and analysing a global data set, but still needs to broaden the analysis and reduce data biases. In a new collaboration with the Zoological Society of London and WWF, we are seeking additional population abundance time series data to support the global study, and refine regional analyses, for both terrestrial and marine realms. This project aims to gather data on changes in population abundance for vertebrates and invertebrates, both inside and outside protected areas to address this issue. To find out more about the project and how to contribute, please contact Sarah Whitmee: sarah.whitmee@ioz.ac.uk.

St Lucia Marine Protected Area, South Africa

Conservation Leadership MS Program - Colorado State University

CSU’s Conservation Leadership Program, also called, Conservation Leadership Through Learning (CLTL) is a 21-month Master of Science degree that will prepare students to be a part of the next generation of conservation leaders who will tackle these dynamic challenges. CLTL merges trans-disciplinary university education with real-world action to train leaders who can deliver on-the-ground benefits for conservation and communities. By reaching far beyond the classroom walls, students will develop the knowledge and real-world skills to become effective conservation leaders making a difference for the environment and people’s lives. CLTL is a partnership between Colorado State University’s Warner College of Natural Resources and our university, NGO, governmental, and community partners around the world. More information available here, or contact leadership@warnercnr.colostate.edu. Applications are now being accepted through February 15th 2013, for an August 2013 program start date.

Luba Balyan studying the local wildlife

Ramsar vacancy - Secretary General

The Secretary General is the most senior position in the 22-member Ramsar Convention Secretariat which was established pursuant to Article 8 of the Convention. View the vacancy details here. Closing date applications is 15 January 2013.

Lower Prut Lakes Ramsar Site

IUCN is looking for a Director for its Brussels office

The Director of the IUCN Brussels Office represents the IUCN Secretariat and provides leadership and guidance for all activities undertaken by the Secretariat within the EU context in Brussels. More information about this position is available here and the closing date for applications is 16 December 2012.


2012 edition of the Red List of Threatened Mammals of Argentina

Two out of ten mammals of Argentina are threatened by extinction. This means that in the 2012 issue of the national Red List, 81 of the 385 known mammals inhabiting Argentina are listed in a threatened category. Seventy authors contributed to the latest edition of the Red List of Threatened Mammals of Argentina, which has recently been published by the Sociedad Argentina para el Estudio de los Mamíferos / The Argentinean Mammal Society (SAREM). It includes common and scientific names, national and international Red List categories, main threats, comments, descriptions of conservation projects, websites of interest, and bibliographic references. Benjamín Bender contributed original illustrations of some threatened species. If you are interested in acquiring the Red List of Threatened Mammals of Argentina, please contact David Flores at davflor@gmail.com.

A jaguar close up in Quito Zoo, Ecuador

Journal of Threatened Taxa

 The 51st issue of the Journal of Threatened Taxa is available online now.



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