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WCC 2016 Rec 101 - Activity Report

General Information
IUCN Constituent: 
IUCN Constituent type: 
IUCN Secretariat
Period covered: 
Geographic scope: 
In implementing this Resolution your organization has worked/consulted with...
IUCN Commissions: 
IUCN Species Survival Commission 2021-2025 (SSC)
IUCN Secretariat: 
Other non-IUCN related organisations: 
SSC Shark Specialist Group
Indicate and briefly describe any actions that have been carried out to implement this Resolution: 
Convene stakeholders/NetworkingWorkshop in 2022 in Colombia hosted by ISRA Team. See https://sharkrayareas.org/resources/meeting-workshop-reports/On-going
Scientific/technical activitiesPutting sharks on the map: A global standard for improving shark area-based conservation: paper 2022: The Important Shark and Ray Area (ISRA) approach is proposed as a response to the dire global status of sharks, rays, and chimaeras. A set of four globally standardized scientific criteria, with seven sub-criteria, was developed based on input collated during four shark, biodiversity, and policy expert workshops conducted in 2022. The ISRA Criteria provide a framework to identify discrete, three-dimensional portions of habitat important for one or more shark, ray, or chimaera species, that have the potential to be delineated and managed for conservation. The ISRA Criteria can be applied to all environments where sharks occur (marine, estuarine, and freshwater) and consider the diversity of species, their complex behaviors and ecology, and biological needs. The identification of ISRAs will guide the development, design, and application of area-based conservation initiatives for sharks, rays, and chimaeras, and contribute to their recovery.On-going
Please report on the result /achievement of the actions taken: 
The ISRA project began with the Ocean Team and has been moved onto the SSC SSG under chairmanship and direction of Dr Rima Jabado.
Ongoing delineation of ISRAs began in 2022 with Colombia workshop October 2022. Several more are planned in 2023.
What challenges have you encountered in implementing this Resolution and what measures have you taken to overcome them?: 
Project began at HQ and has moved out of IUCN with specialists. Limited funding for HQ staff on this.
Identify and briefly describe what future actions are planned for the implementation of this Resolution: 
Future ActionDescription
Education/Communication/Raising awarenessOngoing comms to be shared in various IUCN marine news channels.
FundraisingWith Species Programme we aim to fundraise for supporting this work in 2023.
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