Message from the Chair
Greetings to everyone. It is constantly exciting to hear of the enormous diversity of work that SULi members are engaged in – there is an enormous breadth of expertise within the network, and this is reflected in the array of articles and perspectives in this second SULiNews. > Read Rosie's message
Democratising the commons: Elinor Ostrom and the work of SUSG
Marshall Murphree remembers the work and life of this extraordinary woman. > Read Marshall's article
Namibia wins Markhor Award for its communal conservancy programme
The Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism and the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organizations have been recognized for implementing a successful and enduring CBNRM scheme. WWF's Steve Felton explores how it was done. > Read more
The limits of sustainability science: Ecological constraints or endless innovation?
Two contrasting papers published in a recent issue of PLoS Biology, the open-access online journal, re-open up the debate on environmental limits and technological solutions. Robin Sharp interviewed Georgina Mace, the journal’s Academic editor about the papers. > Read the interview
How to survive the Congress
Olympians call on experienced coaches to prepare them for their events. You have SULiNews Co-Editor and Congress veteran, Robin Sharp to give you the inside track on how to endure and get the most out of the marathon that is the 2012 World Conservation Congress. > Begin your training
WCC: What's going on?
There is a wealth of activity planned for the Congress that is relevant to sustainable use and livelihoods. > Find out what major SU-related events will be held when and where
Río+20, sustainable use and “buen vivir”: Why it was worth it!
Against a backdrop of mostly negative press SULi member, Vivienne Solís Rivera finds reasons to be positive about the Congress and what it means for sustainable use. > Read Vivienne's article
The rhino debate
Michael ‘t Sas-Rolfes’ article in issue 1 provoked considerable interest. Colman O Criodain of WWF and Mike Knight, Chair of the African Rhino Specialist Group of IUCN/SSC were invited to provide follow-up contributions. > Read the contributions
The tenure guidelines
The recently endorsed Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security were notable for their inclusiveness of traditional and small-scale food producers. Will they work in practice? Chandrika Sharma, Executive Secretary of the International Collective in Support of Fishworkers gives us her take. > Read Chandrika's article
Vicuñas: does population recovery mean a success for sustainable use?
Arresting the decline of vicuñas has been remarkable. But have the conservation measures that have been put in place had unintended consequences? Dr. Gabriela Lichtenstein peers behind the story. > Read the article
Climate change mitigation and indigenous communities livelihoods – a snapshot from Australia
In a recent Cairns workshop delegates sought to find ways to integrate indigenous knowledge with efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions. Lea Scherl attended this fascinating workshop and provides a comprehensive report. > Read the report
TRAFFIC pilots sustainable medicinal and aromatic plant harvesting project in Viet Nam
Brett Tolman, Mai Nguyen, and Anastasiya Timoshyna of TRAFFIC introduce the FairWild Standard that seeks to provide a framework for managing wild harvesting of medicinal and aromatic plants - commonly referred to as MAPs - in Asia. > Read the article
Use of wild food plants in Ethiopia: can traditional practices be sustainable?
Dr M.I. Zuberi, Professor of Environmental Science at Ambo University, in Ethiopia reports on the results of research into the increasing domestication of non-conventional food crops by Ethiopians. > Read the article
Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Europe: Status quo and missing links of empirical evidence
European traditional ecological knowledge has frequently been overlooked according Janis Hoberg, Elisa Oteros-Rozas, and Tobias Plieninger, yet it is a valuable resource that has yet to be fully unearthed and has the potential to contribute greatly to land management. > Read more
Towards integrated wildlife management in the Vienna Woods
The needs of the forestry, agricultural, hunting, and recreational sectors have been harmonised in the recently designated Wienerwald Biosphere Reserve near Vienna. Friedrich Reimoser from Vienna's University of Veterinary Medicine explores the approach underpinning the project. > Read the article
10th Congress of Wildlife Management in Amazonia and Latin America (XCIMFAUNA)
Over five hundred delegates descended on Salta in May to discuss conservation, use and human-wildlife conflict. SULi member, Francisco Barbarán was there and provides a meeting report. > Read Francisco's report
Madagascar develops a national strategy to tackle bushmeat hunting
"People eat protected wildlife mostly because of the high cost of domestic alternatives in many remote areas." write Julia Jones and Julie Razafimanahak in their article that summarises their bushmeat research and reveals details of a new strategy aimed at tackling the hunting of threatened species. > Read the article