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WCC 2012 Rec 140 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN SSC Network support team 2013-2016
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Members: 
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust ( DWCT ) / Jersey
Re:wild / United States of America
Rainforest Trust / United States of America
Turtle Conservancy ( TC ) / United States of America
Turtle Survival Alliance ( TSA ) / United States of America
US Department of the Interior (Fish and Wildlife Service) ( FWS ) / United States of America
Wildlife Conservation Society ( WCS ) / United States of America
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2013-2016 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
Katala Foundation, Turtle Conservation Fund, Chelonian Research Foundation, Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessConsumer awareness: various governments and NGOs. Focus on scientific documentation of conservation biology and distribution of turtles around the world, providing a scientific basis for threats evaluation and IUCN Red List status assessments.
Field activitiesSecuring critical habitat: Land purchases focused on protection of native habitat for endangered turtles and tortoises have been made or are in progress in Brazil, Cambodia, Mexico, and South Africa. Protected Area management improvements specific to turtles in Brazil, Cambodia, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Madagascar, Myanmar, and Philippines.
FundraisingFunding: SOS criteria have been expanded to allow turtle projects to qualify. TCF and MBZ have focused significant resources on endangered turtles and tortoises, helping to promote a groundswell of surveys, management, and in-situ conservation initiatives.
Policy influencing/advocacyPolicy work - e.g. CITES.
Scientific/technical activitiesEstablishing and maintaining ex-situ assurance colonies of critically threatened turtle species.
Scientific/technical activitiesTrade monitoring and analysis.
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
See above re: actions.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
Work on poaching and illegal trade of turtles and tortoises - anti-poaching patrols increased in key locations, trade monitoring and law enforcement assistance continuing, and policy work. Increased fundraising and resource capacity work.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingContinuing - as per above.
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessContinuing - as per above.
Field activitiesContinuing - as per above.
FundraisingContinuing - as per above.
Policy influencing/advocacyAs per above. Additional proposals to CITES for further monitoring of international trade through appropriate Appendix II listings of species at risk.
Scientific/technical activitiesContinuing - as per above.