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News from the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the IUCN Species Programme
September 2013

Wildlife Comeback in Europe study released

The Eurasian beaver, European bison and White-tailed eagle have all been highlighted as species that have made a remarkable comeback in Europe over the past 50 years.  Scientists from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL), BirdLife International and the European Bird Census Council (EBCC) worked with experts from across Europe to gather relevant data about the distribution and abundance of selected species. The resulting report, ‘Wildlife Comeback in Europe’, describes how, why and where 37 mammal and bird species have recovered over the past 50 years, providing important lessons for the conservation of these and other species.  Full story

Wildlife comeback in Europe

Action to tackle Southeast Asia’s Extinction Crisis

Southeast Asia hosts a high proportion of the world’s uniquely diverse fauna and flora, but key threats in the region such as habitat loss, hunting and trade continue to drive much of its wildlife towards extinction. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ reveals a worrying concentration of Critically Endangered species in this biodiversity hotspot. In response to this looming biodiversity crisis, SSC has convened the Asian Species Action Partnership (ASAP) in collaboration with many other conservation organizations, focusing attention and driving species-specific action in the region.  Full story
Sumatran orangutan in Tropical Rainforest Heritage of Sumatra, Indonesia

The Duke of Cambridge and IUCN unite for wildlife

As part of his latest conservation initiative, The Duke of Cambridge brings together an unprecedented collaboration between the Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, and seven of the world’s most influential conservation organizations, including IUCN. The partnership, named ‘United for Wildlife’, is a long-term commitment to tackle global threats to the world’s natural resources, including illegal wildlife trade.  Full story
United for Wildlife

Calling for wild cat conservation from the roof of the world

Working in what is dubbed the ‘roof of the world,’ Tanya Rosen is a passionate voice for the conservation of wild cats — snow leopards in particular. In the Pamir Mountains of Tajikistan, Tanya’s work as Snow Leopard Programme Coordinator for conservation organization Panthera aims to secure a future for one of the world’s rarest wild cats. Tanya is also helping to develop model community-managed hunting concessions in the Eastern Pamirs to ensure the sustainable use of Marco Polo sheep and ibex, and economic and social benefits for the communities involved.  Full story

Snow Leopard Leo

Urban areas and biological invasions: what can cities do about it?

IUCN has brought together key actors from all over Europe for a conference aiming to exchange knowledge and best practices to reduce the risk of invasive alien species in urban areas. Following the recent publication of a compilation of case studies on Invasive Alien Species (IAS) in urban areas, IUCN held a conference where some of these studies were presented and discussed. As metropolitan areas are particularly vulnerable to IAS and serve as entry pathways, the key objective of the event was to analyse the issue of IAS from an urban perspective to understand the challenges which cities face and present solutions.  Full story & recommendations

Gray Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)



 The Asian Otter Conservation Meet will take place at the National Centre for Biological Sciences, Bangalore, India  25-29 November, 2013. Taking the form of a Workshop on Research Methods & Conservation Planning it will also include case studies from across the region, poster presentations and a field trip to the River Cauvery to watch otters and interact with local fishermen. This is also a good opportunity to interact with otter researchers from other places and also experts from the Otter Specialist Group. Full info here


Conservation Breeding

 The September CBSG e-update is online in English, French and Spanish.  Includes info on the Yellow-Tailed Woolly Monkey PVA, Colorado Pikeminnow PVA, Wildlife DRA in Singapore and more.

IUCN SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group


The latest news from the IUCN CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi). Issue 6 – September 2013 is available here and features, the continuing debate on community based natural resource management (CBNRM) and IUCN’s submission to the European Commission on trophy hunting imports.

Wetland International re-launch Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group

 WI has recently re-launched the Wetlands International Waterbird Harvest Specialist Group, under the Chairmanship of Prof Jesper Madsen of Denmark. This Specialist Group provides the unique opportunity and platform to engage with a wide audience, including the hunting community, many of whom appreciate the need for sustainable management of waterbirds and their habitats. While the group has a global remit, it will initially focus on the African-European region aligning closely with priorities of the African Eurasian Waterbird Agreement and include the development and adoption of the AEWA Species and Management Plans which foresee the coordination of sustainable harvest practices for migratory species. They are currently exploring options for new projects and opportunities to collaborate with like-minded groups/individuals.  Access the website here

Wetlands International is one of the member organizations of IUCN

Marine Turtle

The Indian Ocean-South East Asian (IOSEA) Marine Turtle MoU news can be accessed on the IOSEA website – latest news includes an update on an initiative started in the Maldives by a group of marine biologists, aiming to investigate and reduce the threat to marine turtles posed by entanglement in ghost nets. A very active Facebook page has recently been created to exchange information and raise awareness of the problem.  The Secretariat has also  prepared and circulated a French translation of the IOSEA Site Network Evaluation Criteria.
Leatherback turtle swimming amongst fish


  It is with deep sadness that Susana Gonzalez reports the passing of DSG member Bruce Banwell in New Zealand.  Bruce had an active and important role in all issues relative to the Red deer. He was a devoted researcher concerned and committed to the management and conservation of deer. He dedicated his life to study, research and wrote two important books The Fallow deer and the Red deer.

Invitation to comment on IUCN guidelines for minimizing negative impacts of guano harvesting

 Poor understanding of cave ecology and bat biology and ill-defined mining/property rights for many caves has resulted in unsustainable guano harvesting practices, the loss of millions of bats, and extirpation of many colonies.  In response, the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Bat Group  http://iucn.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=c59a0f0d968c9060a2c7a6c75&id=5470365b9a&e=e77d9a69bc has prepared a set of draft guidelines.  SSC is now considering adoption of these guidelines as formal policy, and before doing so is inviting any interested SSC members to comment on the document (please note that although the emphasis of the document is on bats, it extends also to other cave fauna). Ryan Richards is the primary point of contact on this process, so contact him directly with feedback or questions at  batguanoharvest@gmail.com  by end October 2013.

Gornja Cerovačka Cave, a geomorphological natural monument


Job opportunity

 Programme Officer, Species Trade and Use
 Ideally based in Cambridge, UK, the Programme Officer, Sustainable Use and Trade will perform a vital role within the Global Species Programme through ensuring high quality delivery of CITES-related work and developing links with two key partners: TRAFFIC International (a joint programme of IUCN and WWF) and the IUCN / SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group (SULi).Deadline 03 October  – info here
Monkey in Costarica

Following forest guards in Vietnam on a mission to save the Saola.

The biggest threat to the Critically Endangered Saola (Pseudoryx nghetinhensis), an endemic species to Laos and Vietnam, is hunting, as Saolas get caught as by-catch of snares set by local people for other animals.   Under this SOS-funded project, locally employed forest guards, who have undertaken intensive training with WWF, conduct regular patrols inside the Saola Nature Reserves in Thua Thien Hue and Quang Nam provinces, where hunting is illegal. Follow a patrol on its mission through this photographic report.
WWF Vietnam, Saola, Vu Quang Ox, 12A-33-11

Online IUCN Red List Training course: more modules available

Hosted on TNC’s ConservationTraining website, the online course “Assessing Species’ Extinction Risk Using IUCN Red List Methodology” will be of particular benefit to species conservation scientists about to embark on Red List assessment projects. The course is free and open to anyone who wishes to learn more about the IUCN Red List, the assessment process, and how to prepare high-quality Red List assessments. All of the topics covered in a typical IUCN Red List Assessor Training workshop are included, with some additional lessons that allow the learner to explore some aspects of the Red List Categories and Criteria in more detail.  IUCN Red List Training course.  Contact Caroline.pollock@iucn.org

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2013 CMS Small Grants Programme

  Governmental institutions, non-governmental organizations, communities, conservationists and researchers engaged in the conservation of migratory species may submit proposals. Projects should contribute to the implementation of the Convention and focus on migratory species. Project duration should not exceed two years and applications must be endorsed by the national CMS Focal Point(s) of those eligible countries where activities are taking place. Deadline 30 November 2013.  Full info here
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2014 Conservation Leadership Programme Awards

 The Conservation Leadership Programme (CLP) aims to advance biodiversity conservation globally by building the leadership capabilities of early-career conservation professionals working in places with limited capacity to address high-priority conservation issues.  The CLP offers three levels of Conservation Awards: • Future Conservationist Awards: Approximately 20 awards of up to $15,000 each • Conservation Follow-up Awards: Approximately 6 awards of up to $25,000 each (available only to previous CLP Future Conservationist Award winners) • Conservation Leadership Awards: 1 award of $50,000 (available only to previous CLP Follow-up Award winners) Deadline: 11th November 2013 Full info here

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The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

 This fund supports wildlife research, habitat protection, animal rescue, and conservation education in the United States and around the world. The fund’s annual grant program accepts applications from organizations anywhere in the world. Deadline 01 December 2013 Link to Website

Seals in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, World Heritage Site

Whitley Fund for Nature

Whitley Awards recognise the leadership qualities of individuals working with effective teams with strong nature conservation experience. Supporting teams must include individuals who are local to the country or region where the project is taking place, and must contain the range of relevant skills and knowledge necessary to ensure successful execution of the proposed activities. Projects that aim to address issues on a biological level will need to demonstrate that activities will be informed based on scientific data. Whitley Awards winners are nationals of the countries where their conservation activities are focused or are local to the region in which they work. Application deadline 31 October 2013 Link to Website

Whitley Fund for Nature

Zoos Victoria’s International Conservation Grants

The theme for the 2013 round of grants is ‘Wildlife Conservation through Community Engagement’. This recognises the importance of engaging people in protecting wildlife, whilst building social capacity, both of which are critical for the conservation of wildlife. Approaches that influence the adoption of conservation sensitive-behaviours will be favoured. Projects supported through this program must demonstrate meaningful on-ground benefits to both wildlife and people. Any organisation or group able to undertake projects that meet the above theme are eligible to apply. Closing date 31 October 2013 Link to Website
Zoos Victoria

Ornithological Society of the Middle East , the Caucasus and Central Asia, Conservation & Research Fund

The Conservation and Research Fund supports projects benefiting species and habitats, especially Globally Threatened and Near Threatened birds, and sites important for bird conservation (IBAs) in the OSME region. Projects should be directed to one or more of the following funding priorities: investigating the status of Critically Endangered, Endangered, Vulnerable or Near-threatened bird species; attempting to further the knowledge of existing IBAs,  investigating potential new IBAs or ornithologically little known areas; conducting ecological studies of little-known species; or Educational programmes.  The next deadline is the 31st Jan 2014. Link to Website

SOS, Birdlife International

Upcoming courses at the Durrell Conservation Academy

Conservation Breeding and Husbandry of Callitrichids and Lemurs 14-18 October 2013.  A five day course designed to equip you with the necessary skills to successfully manage callitrichids and lemurs in captivity. Targeted at curators, keepers and veterinarians from zoos and other institutions to develop skills in practical husbandry and deepen understanding of the contribution such work can make to the conservation of threatened primates in the wild.
Managing Infectious Disease in Conservation Programmes 28 October-2 November 2013 This five day course covers the impact of infectious diseases on wildlife, examines how disease operates in small, endangered populations and considers how to prioritise our disease screening efforts. We also consider how we can transfer veterinary skills developed on captive populations and disease modelling and risk assessment tools to the management of threatened species recovery in the wild.
Full info on all courses here or contact academy@durrell.org
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Masters in Conservation Leadership, Cambridge, UK – 2014 entry

 The course is a full-time, one year Masters, aimed at graduates of leadership potential with at least three to five years of experience relevant to biodiversity conservation. The unique feature of the course is its delivery by a collaboration between six University of Cambridge departments and nine leading conservation organisations based around Cambridge, and its focus on issues of management and leadership. A key aim of the course is to build the capacity of conservation leaders from tropical countries. scholarship funding is available All applications for October 2014 entry and scholarships must be received by the 3 December 2013. Further details of the course and scholarships can be found here or contact Emily Chenery emily.chenery@geog.cam.ac.uk

University of Cambridge Dept of Geography


New Biodiversity Data Journal launched

the Biodiversity Data Journal published by Pensoft Publishing is a revolutionising publication platform that has been developed to speed up biodiversity publication and facilitate re-use of published data. It is a major part of the EU funded ViBRANTproject. You can publish data that wouldn’t be publishable elsewhere (e.g. single taxon treatments, checklists to local flora or faunas, ecological and biological observations, keys to species, software) as well as any other type of biodiversity related article (revisions, taxonomic treatments, phylogenies, ecological studies etc).  It isn’t just a new journal (with an online PDF) – it is a whole new way to rapidly publish structured biodiversity data in an open and reusable form.

Biodiversity Data Journal

BEYOND THE BIRDS AND THE BEES: The Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides on Agriculturally Important Beneficial Invertebrates

This new report from the Xerces Society moves the spotlight from the risks neonicotinoid insecticides pose to bees to the impacts of neonicotinoids on invertebrates such as earthworms or lady beetles. It provides a comprehensive review of published articles and pulls together the growing body of research that demonstrates risks from neonicotinoids to these beneficial animals. These risks occur particularly in agricultural systems, but are also felt in urban and suburban ornamental landscapes. Detailing potential negative impacts of neonicotinoid insecticides on important beneficial insects the report also makes recommendations on how we can better protect important beneficials like beetles and wasps.  download the report here

Beyond the Birds and Bees Xerces Society report

Wildlife Crime Bulletin August 2013

 This issue includes: – Think smart: Putting confiscated wildlife legally back into the trade compromises the efforts of law enforcement and puts wildlife at risk – Learn from the failure: Confiscate marine turtles when they are discovered – Enforcement alert: CITES adopts stricter controls on freshwater turtle and tortoise trade – Quick reference on CITES changes Access the newsletter here


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The monthly e-Bulletin supplements Species, the magazine of the Species Programme and the SSC. It aims to keep staff, members and the wider IUCN network up-to-date with Species news and announcements. Past issues are available on the IUCN Species website. Contact us at sscmembership@iucn.org.                                  
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