IUCN Species Survival Commission member activities in South Africa

11 March 2011 | News story

During his visit to South Africa, the Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), Dr Simon Stuart, held meetings with members of the Species Survival Commission and its Specialist Groups. Today, Dr Stuart met with the SSC members at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), in Pretoria.

During the meeting, various SSC Specialist Groups presented their programmes and projects. “My meetings in South Africa have been most useful and strategic,” says Dr Stuart. “I am encouraged by the creativity and positive attitude in South Africa’s conservation movement.”

Dr Stuart also spoke at the launch of SANBI’s frog research conservation strategy for South Africa which was attended by SSC members and other partners. Titled Ensuring a future for South Africa’s Frogs: A Strategy for Conservation Research, the publication was produced under SANBI’s Threatened Species Programme with generous support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Dr. Stuart noted that the strategy represents an important step forward for conservation of amphibians in South Africa, and a model approach for other parts of the world. “It provides conservation agencies, policy makers and planners with invaluable information on what is required to make a difference to this most threatened group of vertebrates,” says Dr Stuart.

Speaking at the launch of the publication, SANBI Chief Executive Officer, Dr Tanya Abrahamse expressed her gratitude to IUCN SSC for its continued support of and collaboration with SANBI, who are an IUCN Member. “We need to work together to ensure that good science is used to inform the management of the environment and biodiversity,” says Dr Abrahamse.

Dr Stuart had separate meetings with the SSC African Rhino Specialist Group; the Chair of the Southern African Sustainable Use Specialist Group, Mr Kule Chitepo; the IUCN Councilor for Africa, Ms Yolan Friedmann; and the species staff of the Endangered Wildlife Trust, who are also an IUCN Member.

For further information please contact:

Hastings Chikoko, Head of Constituency Support and Communication, IUCN ESARO, t +27 12 342 8305, m +27 76 682 1587, e hastings.chikoko@iucn.org