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News from the IUCN Species Survival Commission and the IUCN Species Programme

August 2011


Species on the Edge of Survival - inspired by Species of the Day

Why is the Javan Rhino one of the world’s most threatened large mammals? What efforts are underway to help conserve the 47 remaining Floreana Mockingbirds of Ecuador? Why is there a dramatic decline in the Globosa Mangrove? You can find answers to these and many more questions in a unique anthology, Species on the Edge of Survival, published by Collins.  Full details

Species on the edge of survival

Removing rats, restoring islands

A unique international project partnership involving IUCN Member organizations, the Royal Society for Protection of Birds, The Nature Conservancy and the US Fish & Wildlife Service is helping to restore a series of islands and seabird habitats in the Pacific by removing alien invasive rats which have wreaked havoc on native biodiversity. Introduced rats prey on seabird eggs and chicks causing severe declines in bird populations. They also compete with native species for food and degrade ecosystems by eating the seeds of native plants. The Research vessel MV Aquila is making a ‘voyage of conservation’ of 27,000km, carrying experts, two helicopters and equipment that will be shared by the projects aimed at removing invasive alien rats from several islands.  Full story

Manono Island, Samoa.

IUCN-Med call for species experts

The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med) is calling for voluntary experts to submit their expression of interest to contribute to the Red List assessment of different taxonomic groups in the Mediterranean Region, taking also part in the IUCN project entitled Mediterranean Biodiversity Assessment Phase II Responding to major gaps in knowledge in the Mediterranean region.

IUCN looks for experts for the assessment of the following taxonomic groups in Mediterranean countries: high altitude plants, butterflies, saproxylic beetles and dung beetles.  More info

Dung Beetle

Sports and species – like oil and water or a good mix?

Sports are a universal part of human society with, apparently, more than three billion people following or playing football (that’s soccer to North Americans) and, according to the British Journal of Sports Medicine, 75 million tennis players worldwide. How does this huge facet of society affect biodiversity conservation and can we harness all that enthusiasm in the name of nature? IUCN,s Science & Knowledge Management team looked at a few recent reports on both individual sports and mega-sporting events to try answer these questions. More



IUCN Ambassador Alison Sudol had a rare treat recently. Guided by experts from the Otter Specialist Group, she visited the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sea Otter Research and Conservation programme, which studies Sea Otters and helps save their declining populations.  She also got the chance to have a closer look at the animals during a boat trip around the Elkhorn Slough and Moss Landing harbor, where California Sea Otters congregate. She was visiting California’s Sea Otters to learn about the threats they face and find out what can be done to help their populations grow. American singer Alison Sudol is often described as one of the most talented and promising musicians today. She is also passionate about the environment as as a Goodwill Ambassador to IUCN, she uses her music to inspire young people to get involved in conservation.  Full story

Sea Otter


Cat News 54 and a Special Issue with snap shots on all cat species are now available on the Cat SG website.  click here

Eurasian Lynx (Lynx lynx)

SOS News

The first SOS Call for Proposals for Threatened Species Grants is now closed. Rapid Action Grants are accepted on an ongoing basis.   More info

The appointment of Paul Costello as Administrative Assistant completes the SOS Secretariat team who will be devoting most of their time during the next weeks to screening the large number of projects that were submitted for funding during the summer. 

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Nominations for the Chair of SSC

The Steering committee has appointed a 3 person ad hoc Committee to receive nominations from SSC members for candidates for election as SSC Chair at the next World Conservation Congress. Chairing the SSC is a major challenge and candidates need to have outstanding professional qualifications (ranging from academic standing to management skills and team leadership). They also need to develop a dynamic, diverse and independent fund-raising strategy, as Commission Chairs do not receive a salary from IUCN, although chairing SSC is in reality a full-time job.  The current Chair, Simon Stuart, will finish his first term in 2012 and is willing to stand for re-election – Commission Chairs may serve for a maximum of two consecutive terms.

Please email your nominations, which will be handled confidentially, to:

Jon Paul Rodríguez, Deputy Chair of SSC, jonpaul.rodriguez@gmail.com
Danna Leaman, SSC Steering Committee member, djl@green-world.org
Andrew Rosenberg, SSC Steering Committee member, arosenberg@conservation.org
 Deadline 31st October 2011


Hagfish added to the Red List

A recent study conducted for The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™ has determined that 20% of hagfish species are at an elevated risk of extinction*. Scientists warn that this figure could be much higher. The results of this research, carried out in association with Conservation International (CI), indicate that the primary causes of hagfish declines are the direct and indirect effects of fisheries. Hagfish represent an ancient and unique evolutionary lineage; as bottom feeders they play an important role by cleaning the ocean floor and recycling nutrients into the food web which maintains the overall health of the ecosystems they inhabit. Full story

Broadgilled Hagfish Eptatretus cirrhatus

IUCN Awards: Call for nominations

Nominations are sought for the IUCN awards which will be presented at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6-15 September 2012.

  • Harold Jefferson Coolidge Memorial Medal
  • The John C. Phillips Memorial Medal
  • Honorary membership of IUCN

The deadline for all nominations is 30 September 2011.  Full details  English l Français Español 

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12th International Congress of Ethnopharmacology, 17-19 February 2012, Kolkata, India

 The theme of this meeting is “Traditional Medicines and Globalization –The Future of Ancient Systems of Medicine” to be held on February 17-19, 2012 at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.   Full info


Whitley Awards 2012

Application for the Whitley Awards 2012 is now open!  Worth £30,000 in funding, the Whitley Awards also provide significant profile boost, identifying and celebrating outstanding grassroots conservation leaders from across the world.  Full details of eligibility and how to apply can be found at www.whitleyaward.org  Deadline for applications is 31st October 2011.

Dr. Patricia Medici receiving her 2008 Whitley Award from HRH Princess Royal.

VORTEX Population Modelling Course, Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark 29 Nov-02 Dec 2011

Organised by the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group (CBSG) this course will be taught by Kristin Leus and Kathy Traylor Holzer and is aimed at people who are involved with species conservation, have a good basic knowledge of population biology (demography and genetics), and are interested in using the computer simulation model Vortex for modelling small wild vertebrate populations, or captive populations with regular exchanges with wild populations. Vortex can be used to simulate potential futures of populations under current conditions, to evaluate the effects of various alternative management strategies, to determine research priorities, etc. As such it can also be a valuable took in conservation planning. More about Vortex. For details about the course contact Kristin Leus (kristin@cbsgeurope.eu). 


7th Symposium on Limnology & Aquatic Birds - Call for papers

Call for papers to the 7th Symposium on Limnology and Aquatic birds of the Aquatic Birds Working Group of the International Society of Limnology, 15-17th August 2012,Kristianstad, Sweden  More info


John Skinner

John Skinner, former Chair of the Hyaena Specialist Group and who was Director of the Mammal Research Institute from 1972 to 1998, has died after a long illness. John played a major role in establishing the MRI as an internationally recognised centre for research on African mammals. He received many honours during his long career and most recently received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Witwatersrand, John will be remembered by many as a superb mentor and tireless promoter of research on African mammals. He launched the careers of numerous researchers who now carry the baton as leaders of research in South Africa and abroad. John leaves a lasting legacy and will be sorely missed by his colleagues.


Job Opportunities

 WWF are searching for a Chief Scientist - click here for details

WCMC are recruiting positions in the Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme - click here


The IUCN Science Bulletin

The IUCN Science Bulletin is a quick summary of some of the vast amount of peer-reviewed literature that relates to IUCN’s Programme. It is not intended to be a complete overview but rather a sampler of what is being published.  Latest edition here


Wildlife Middle East News Vol 6 Issue 1

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Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy

Sustainability: Science, Practice & Policy, an open access and peer-reviewed e-journal published by ProQuest, has added new search functionality to enhance the usefulness of articles and accompanying material. New features now enable users to search for and within dissertations on sustainability from universities around the world (http://sspp.proquest.com/toolkit/dissertation/search) as well as sustainability datasets from the U.S. government


Final report of the 4th meeting of the GSPC Liaison Group

The final report from the Global Strategy for  Plant Conservation (GSPC) liaison group meeting held this July at Missouri Botanic Gardens is now available on the CBD website.  Click here


New IUCN publications

 The latest information on  IUCN publications in the August edition of Off the Shelf

Off the shelf newsletter

Zooquaria - Autumn 2011

The latest issue of Zooquaria, the quarterly magazine of EAZA, is now available.  Highlights in this issue include an introduction to the new EAZA IUCN/SSC Southeast Asia Campaign, a look at how zoos can help prevent the taking of Barbary macaques from the wild and an account of shark breeding at Artis Royal Zoo. Zooquaria

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria

Reminder - Call for contributîons for the Forum in Jeju

The Call for Contributions for the Forum segment of the 2012 IUCN World Conservation Congress is open! The Congress will take place 6-15 September 2012, in Jeju, Korea and you are invited to propose events for the Forum, the part of Congress which is open to all (7-11September 2012).  Read the instructions carefully before submitting your event, to ensure you maximize the chance of your proposal being selected. Click here for the latest updates and information about the Congress, and to access the Call for Contributions.  The call will remain open until 15 October 2011.

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IUCN Regions

Conservation Oceania, July 2011 - news and views on IUCN's activities in the Oceania region.

Flashnews Méditerranée, Juillet 2011

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Mediterranean Flashnews, July 2011


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The monthly e-Bulletin supplements Species, the published newsletter of the Species Programme and the SSC. It aims to keep staff, members and the wider IUCN network up-to-date with Species news and announcements. 2009 issues are available on the Species homepage.   Contact us sscmembership@iucn.org


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