IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 Highlights

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IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 Highlights The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 wrapped up on 11 September 2021. After over a year of delays due to the pandemic, the one week event was held in a hybrid format in Marseille. The event was a chance to bring leaders from government, civil society, indigenous peoples, business, and academia together to brainstorm and tackle conservation issues. While many topics were raised during the Congress, the emphasis on the Green Status of Species…

Saving the Painted Terrapin from extinction – Satucita Foundation

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Saving the Painted Terrapin from extinction – Satucita Foundation Painted Terrapin Batagur borneoensis is ranked among the 25 most endangered tortoise and freshwater turtle species by the Turtle Survival Coalition. The terrapin, which is an unremarkable greyish brown colour for much of the year, lives up to its name during the breeding season when the males transform. Along with a lightening of the shell and head, a vibrant red stripe appears to be painted between its eyes, giving it a…

The fight against Saola extinction: there’s still time if we act now

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The fight against Saola extinction: there’s still time if we act now The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) has today released a position statement that shows we must act now unless we want to lose Saola forever. It is a call to action for one of the most imperiled mammals on the planet. The beautiful species lives in the Annamite Mountains of Vietnam and Lao PDR. Much of what is known about the elusive creature comes from local people, a…

Take part: Horizon scan survey on community based conservation

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Take part: Horizon scan survey on community based conservation The Calgary Zoological Foundation is undertaking a Horizon Scan of the risks and opportunities in community-based conservation, and is hoping for your participation. They would be most grateful if you could kindly identify and describe at least one obstacle to, and one opportunity for effective community-based conservation within the next 15 years. They define ‘effective’ community-based conservation as contributing to positive conservation and livelihood outcomes. Your responses will be anonymous, but…

Woman in conservation interview: Kalyar Platt, Turtle Survival Alliance

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  Kalyar Platt, PhD is Director of the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) Myanmar Program based in Yangon Myanmar.         Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to work in conservation? The role model that influenced my decision to work in the field of wildlife conservation is the internationally recognised chimpanzee expert Dr. Jane Goodall who advocated for chimpanzee protection for 55+ years. Women conservationists face criticism in Myanmar just like Dr. Goodall faced early in her…

Latest Red List update means 24 tortoises and freshwater turtles in Southeast Asia are now listed as Critically Endangered

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Latest Red List update means 24 tortoises and freshwater turtles in Southeast Asia are now listed as Critically Endangered The recent update to the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM saw five freshwater turtles in Southeast Asia newly listed as Critically Endangered. These latest assessments bring the total number of Critically Endangered tortoises and freshwater turtles in the region to 24. In addition, there were seven freshwater fishes newly assessed as being on the brink of extinction. This brings the…

Woman in conservation interview: Kanitha Krishnasamy, TRAFFIC

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  Kanitha Krishnasamy is the Director for Southeast Asia at TRAFFIC.        Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I think in some ways conservation chose me! I’ve always had an interest in animals, and wanted to learn more about them. But the Malaysian public education system is such that you don’t often get what you want. I was offered a degree in Forestry, which was not something I had selected. Learning about the forestry industry (which…

Woman in conservation interview: Marites Gatan-Balbas, Mabuwaya Foundation

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  I am Marites Gatan-Balbas, but most people call me Tess. I am the Chief Operating Officer of the Mabuwaya Foundation. I manage the day-to-day activities of the foundation, but I love giving school lectures, organising workshops, facilitating community consultations and coordinating with our partners and collaborators.   Why did you choose to become a conservationist? I am a graduate of Forestry. My parents are farmers, but they were able to send me to the local university in Isabela Province….

Woman in conservation interview: Mirza Kusrini, Bogor University

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Mirza is a lecturer at the Faculty of Forestry & Environment, Institut Pertanian Bogor University, and a researcher, focusing on amphibians and reptiles.         How did you choose your field of study? Nature and wildlife always fascinated me when I was a child. It was not only my parents that brought me to nature, growing up I watched documentaries like Born Free and read the Adventure series of young adult books written by Willard Price. The protagonists…

Woman in conservation interview: Trang Nguyen, WildAct

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  Trang Nguyen is the Founder and Executive Director of WildAct.        Did you have a role model that influenced your decision to work in conservation? Dian Fossey definitely had a big impact in my career choice. I remember when I was very small and back in the day where wildlife conservation was a very new concept in Vietnam, I watched Gorillas in the Mist. I had some very first ideas of what conservationists and conservation researchers do…