Species

Choosing your conservation flagship: an evidence-based approach

Flagship species are instrumental in raising awareness and changing behaviour for biodiversity conservation. However, most flagships are selected without engaging the stakeholders they attempt to influence, which can acutely hamper their effectiveness. To tackle this issue, we developed a framework based on social marketing and environmental economics which aims at understanding the values key stakeholders hold for different species.

Community based chimpanzee conservation in Guinea Bissau

CHIMBO Foundation’s goal is chimpanzee conservation in West-Africa.
CHIMBO runs a community based conservation program in the south-eastern part of Guinea Bissau: the Boé sector. This is an area with a rich biodiversity with the chimpanzee as its flagship species.
Population growth (100% in 15 years) and the resulting need for more food threatens the rich flora and fauna.

Large Carnivores Initiative in West and Central Africa

There is a large mammal crisis in West and Central Africa, which has largely gone unnoticed to the international conservation community (Craigie et al, 2010). Large carnivores are keystone species. This workshop intends to share knowledge and mobilise IUCN members to take action for ecosystem restoration, with a focus on the dry savannah zone, using carnivores as ecosystem embassadors. Special focus will be on stakeholder involvement including policy makers, local governments, private sector, women and indigenous communities.

How zoos, aquaria, museums can (be used) contribute better developing the biodiversity-consciousness

We all live in a changing world were we need to join forces in order to stop the decline of biodiversity - which the humas population as well as animals and nature rely upon. Zoos, aquariums and museums attract many visitors every year (in Europe about 125 million visitors every year!) and they are a very good place to reach out with information and education.

The pattern and occurrence of marine benthic harpacticoid copepods depending on habitats

The small animal group, marine benthic harpacticoid copepods are one of the most dominat taxon in meiofauna. However the taxon is still poorly known to world, there are many possibilities to discover new taxa. We want to introduce the animal and its importance, and to present biodiversity depending on various habitats.

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

The Antelope Specialist Group (ASG) of the SSC/IUCN is very much concerned with the pressing need for action in preserving antelopes in general. Antelopes are subject to a number of surveys for assessing their conservation status. However, "counting antelopes does not save them". The ASG would like to take advantage of this knowledge cafe for addressing the specific issue of how to transform recommendations into action.

Building a European Partnership to strenghten the civil society capacities of Southern countries

Small grants-based programs (SGBP) like those led by IUCN National Committees of Netherlands and France or CARPE focal points of IUCN have proved their efficiency in answering environmental issues faced by the southern countries.
Local NGOs have more executive legitimacy than international NGOs.
Targeted to small-scaled NGOs, these programs help the civil society to emerge in a bottom-up process and to improve its structural organization while building its capacities for lobbying and improvement of national environmental policies.

Recovering Kashmir Red Deer (Cervus elaphus hanglu) from its relic population in Dachigam National Park of Jammu and Kashmir State, India.

The only population of Kashmir Red Deer or Hangul (Cervus elaphus hanglu), endemic to Jammu and Kashmir State of India, has drastically declined with its population figures bouncing down from 2000 in 1947 to mere 200 heads in 2011, thereby pushing the species squarely towards extinction. Shrinking habitat, over the years, forced the confinement of this animal to Dachigam N. Park of Jammu and Kashmir, which, down the timeline, got its identity established as last abode of hangul.

Long-term Monitoring on Marine Ecosystem before/ after Hebei Spirit Oil Spill

Three national parks were seriously contaminated by the Hebei Spirit oil spill in Dec 7, 2007. A total amount of 12,547 kl of crude oil from the crude carrier was spread over the Yellow Sea of the Korea Peninsular. Tar balls were found in northern Jeju Island, which is located about 842 km from the incident site, after 33 days.

Myth of invincibility shattered: evaluation of current trends in the conservation status of marine species

Marine species have long been considered resilient to extinction because they have widespread distributional ranges and are abundant. We know now that this myth of ocean invincibility has been shattered, with marine species extinctions recorded since the beginning of the Holocene. The rates of exploitation and habitat destruction are only expected to increase and intensify as food sources become more depleted. Hundreds of marine species are threatened with extinction, and it is clear that marine biodiversity is experiencing potentially irreversible degradation.

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