Species

Re-developing IUCN´s work on Sustainable Use (SSC official session)

This first major event for SULi sets out to ask big questions about the future of sustainable use of wild living resources: what are the major drivers of unsustainability? What is the relevance of sustainable use for major global challenges such as food security and climate change adaptation? What is the potential of approaches such as standards and certification? You are invited to come to share your thoughts and ideas on priorities for action and your energy in becoming involved.

The Strategic Plan for Biodiversity: supporting its achievement though species conservation (SSC official session)

Species conservation is an entry point for the conservation of habitats and ecosystems as well as genetic diversity - all three components of biodiversity. The achivement of the Aichi targets would result in ´a diverse and sutainable world´.

Rethinking Protected Areas Systems: evidence-based solutions for a positive conservation future

Protected areas serve many purposes but, at their core, they must protect biodiversity. The global community has currently set aside 13% of lands and 1% of seas in protected areas and the Aichi targets commit to increasing that significantly by 2020. There is a growing literature that indicates protected areas do not always work well to conserve biodiversity.

Species and ecosystem conservation: streamlining planning, management, and assessment of progress

Biodiversity loss has accelerated since the CBD was adopted in 1993. Species and ecosystems are being lost at an alarming rate. Increasingly, they depend on continuing management for their survival. If we are to avoid mass extinctions, and dangerous consequences from degradation and loss of natural ecosystems, we must focus on arresting loss, and bringing about the recovery of biodiversity. Experience within the SSC has shown that, in addition to area-based approaches, planning for the conservation of individual or small groups of species is essential.

Addressing the Global Amphibian Crisis by Integrating Policy, Planning, and Research

Amphibians are among the most threatened groups of organisms on the planet, with over one third of the evaluated 6300 species listed as threatened and a further one third exhibiting declining populations. In 2005, an Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP) was drafted as a general framework for amphibian conservation worldwide. This framework needs to be downscaled and tailored to the unique challenges that amphibians face in different parts of the world, and translated into specific actions needed to safeguard local amphibian faunas.

Conserving biodiversity and sharing nature´s benefits: Virtual learning, technology, tools and species conservation

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (AEWA) play important roles in international species management. This interactive session will introduce the CITES Virtual College (https://eva.unia.es/cites/) , consider sustainability assessments using pythons as an example and understand tools developed by UNEP-WCMC to streamline data collection and MEA reporting requirements with an example from AEWA.

Sharing benefits and efforts from transboundary conservation

The workshop will present key achievements and approaches in transboundary conservation in order to enable discussion to help share knowledge, experience and solutions, and advance global transboundary conservation practice. The workshop will bring forward some of the most prominent transboundary initiatives and case studies such as the European Green Belt and Korean DMZ as a basis for an open and interactive dialogue on the current state and future prospects of transboundary conservation.

Engaging the worldwide Red List community: Building capacity for assessing species´ extinction risk

The IUCN Red List is recognized as the most comprehensive source of information on species´ conservation status, based on the best available knowledge from the world´s leading experts. It is widely influential in informing conservation planning, resource allocation, national and international conservation policies and priority-setting strategies (including intergovernmental agreements such as CBD/CMS/CITES and other Conventions), directing scientific research, and generating public awareness of the mounting biodiversity crisis and its impact on human well-being.

Identification of Sites of Global Biodiversity Conservation Significance: defining global standards and mobilizing standardized biodiversity data - Real-World Applications

The CBD Strategic Plan for Biodiversity through Aichi Target number 11 sets specific targets for countries to increase protected areas coverage and conserve areas of particular importance for biodiversity. It is therefore essential to inform decision-makers, both within and beyond the conservation community, where the most important areas for biodiversity are and hence where safeguard is necessary.

Conservation of the Black-faced Spoonbill

The Black-faced Spoonbill (Platalea minor) has the most restricted distribution of all spoonbills: confined to the coastal areas of eastern Asia. It is listed as an endangered species by the IUCN. Its main breeding sites are distributed along the west coast of Korea. The wintering sites are the southern parts of Korea, Japan, Taiwan, HongKong, China, Vietnam and Cambodia.

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