The first-ever meeting of the SSC Specialist Group Chairs took place 11-14 February 2008 in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and was generously sponsored by the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi.
The meeting, attended by over 80 Specialist Group chairs as well as key IUCN Secretariat from headquarters and regions, was a resounding success. The SSC design for the future, IUCN policy, the World Conservation Congress, tools for species and area-based conservation planning, communications, Red Listing and assessment work, networking and many other issues were discussed – allowing the Chairs to share their knowledge and experience with each other. The feedback from the meeting has been positive and a full meeting report will be available in the near future. A post-meeting webpage will also be available with links to a photo-sharing site where all delegates can load their photos.