SSC Chairs’ Meeting, 11-14 February, Al Ain - a resounding success

06 March 2008 | News story

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.

This image shows the courtship behavior of Indian Bull frogs (Holobatrachus tigerinus). During the monsoon, the breeding males become bright yellow in color, while females remain dull. The prominent blue vocal sacs of male produce strong nasal mating call.