ZSL releases 2012 Conservation Review
Friday 31 May 2013
ZSL has been committed to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats for almost 90 years. In this time the threats to biodiversity have increased at an alarming rate, with rates of habitat loss and species extinction sky-rocketing. The release of our 2012 Conservation Review highlights our continued efforts to meet these challenges and the ground-breaking conservation work we’ve undertaken in doing so.
With projects in over 50 countries around the world, the work highlighted in the Review covers a wide range of species and habitats. 2012 saw some great advances by our conservation technology unit, with the team expanding the reach of our Instant Wild network, tagging puffins in the Atlantic and monitoring penguins in Antarctica. We’ll be continuing this work in 2013 with the launch of Instant Wild 2.0 and carrying out SMART training around the world to help protected area staff tackle poaching.
We sustained our efforts to protect marine and coastal areas in the Philippines, meeting our goal of restoring over 107.8 hectares of mangroves, and launching an innovative new partnership with Interface to recycle used fishing nets into carpet tiles. Our scientists also participated in two major expeditions to the Chagos archipelago – the largest no-take marine protected area in the world. Back in the United Kingdom, we continued to host the Marine Reserves Coalition – working to secure the designation of fully protected marine reserves throughout British and UK Overseas Territory waters.
2012 was also a year of major global meetings, with ZSL having a significant presence at all of these. At the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, the CBD Conference of Parties, and the IUCN World Conservation Congress our team delivered key-note speeches and a range of side events – shaping the conservation agenda as they did so. We had a particularly strong impact at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea, with media coverage of the launch of our report ‘Priceless or Worthless; the world’s 100 most endangered species’ reaching over 80 million people in 113 countries around the globe.
The achievements described in the 2012 review emphasize ZSL’s firm focus on science-based conservation. This focus, coupled with the enthusiasm of its staff and support from its donors and partners, ensures that we remain ideally placed to lead the international conservation agenda and ensure the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.