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WCC 2012 Rec 140 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN SSC Network support team 2013-2016
IUCN Constituent type: 
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Conservation International ( CI ) / United States of America
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Chelonian Foundation
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Field activitiesAs per the resolution, turtle species are eligible for SOS funded grants and have been the recipient of SOS grants. An example of this was a project to help protect and conserve the South East Asian Terrapins. For more information, see: https://www.iucn.org/news_homepage/news_by_date/?21643/One-of-Worlds-Rarest-Turtles-Heading-Back-to-the-Wild.
Scientific/technical activitiesA total of 43 species of freshwater and marine turtles and tortoises have been assessed / re-assessed on the IUCN Red List since 2012. A number of important activities are being undertaken by the respective SSC Specialist Groups - the Marine Turtle Specialist Group and Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group.
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
Both the IUCN SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group and the IUCN SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group are some of our most active Specialist Groups in the SSC and are continuing implementation towards the implementation of this resolution. The Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group has been particularly involved in CITES-related turtle issues (e.g. developing guidance for the making of non-detriment findings for turtle species in international trade). The Marine Turtle Specialist Group has been particularly focused on such initiatives as the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) and Global Sea Turtle Tracking Initiative.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
As with most other species-related actions, there are always limitations with resources to conduct the work needed.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Policy influencing/advocacyRegarding the request in the resolution to ensure that the 2013–2016 IUCN Programme includes actions with regard to turtles, there is no specific reference in the plan regarding turtles but work on these species as well as all species as per the remit of the work of the Global Species Programme and SSC is captured in the plan re: the focus on species conservation research and action on the...
Scientific/technical activitiesThe update of the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle and Marine Turtle Action Plans has not been completed yet though there have been some regional plans / conservation strategies completed for marine turtles.
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