KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ: Enhancing the resilience of antelopes to human threats: from plan to action

The Antelope Specialist Group (ASG) of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is very concerned about the pressing need for action to preserve antelopes. Antelopes are subject to a number of surveys for assessing their conservation status however, counting antelopes does not save them. This knowledge cafe will address the issue of transforming recommendations into actions.

Female saiga antelope
  • DATE: 11 Sep 2012
  • TIME: 14:30 - 16:30
  • ROOM: Yeongju B

The resilience of antelopes is hindered by several factors, many of which are imposed by humans. Habitat conversion for agriculture and over-harvesting for meat are some of the most pressing threats. Many antelope range states are developing countries coping with increasing needs for agricultural land and food security due to population growth. Because of this, antelope conservation is unfortunately not a main priority.

The session will present the main constraints limiting the implementation of recommendations and the actions needed for making effective progress in the field. Case studies of conservation successes in antelope range states will be presented to demonstrate how antelope conservation efforts can be improved. For example, the wildlife ranching industry’s success in reconciling conservation efforts with development by improving the status of antelopes while also contributing to the economy. Examples of issues that negatively affect antelope conservation will also be discussed, including harmful impacts to antelope conservation from the informal bush-meat industry.

This event is organized by the Fondation Internationale pour la Sauvegarde de la Faune.

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