Conservation Translocation Training 2019

Delivered by IUCN CTSG (Conservation Translocation Specialist Group)

“Conservation through intervention is now common, but with increasing evidence and appreciation of the risks. Consequently, any conservation translocation must be justified, with development of clear objectives, identification and assessment of risks, and with measures of performance.” IUCN Guidelines on Reintroductions and other Conservation Translocations (2013)

Aim of the training workshop

We aim to create profound benefits for nature and people by saving species and restoring the function of ecosystems. To do so, we aim to support conservation biologists and managers in designing and managing the complexities surrounding conservation translocations in terms of multi-stakeholder interests, biological uncertainties, and risk. We thereby hope to ultimately increase knowledge to plan, courage to act, certainty to secure resources, skill to respond to challenges, and the achievement of successful conservation outcomes.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to apply the IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations by:

  1. Developing conservation translocation Goals, Objectives, and Actions that are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.
  2. Utilising a range of decision-making tools in order to develop, monitor, and adapt conservation translocation projects to achieve pre-determined objectives.
  3. Identifying and managing risks.
  4. Drawing on a suite of stakeholder engagement tools (group problem-solving, expert elicitation, etc) to overcome challenges and improve success.

Format of the training workshop

Workshop participants will be required to prepare a summary of a conservation translocation project they are currently involved with prior to the workshop. A small number of these will be selected by the lecturers to be developed within group sessions during the workshop.

Lecturers are leading experts in the field and include those who were involved in writing and/or evaluating the IUCN Guidelines on Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations. The four-day course will be a mix of lectures, tools training sessions, and small group activities to practice application of lecture and tools material to participant-suggested case studies.

Location: Costa Rica

Local partner: Macaw Recovery Network


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Stefano Canessa, post-doctoral fellow at Ghent University

Stefano is an FWO post-doctoral fellow in the Wildlife Health research group at Ghent University, Belgium. His research focuses on demographic and epidemiological modelling and decision-making for endangered species management, particularly disease mitigation and conservation translocations of amphibians. He has been involved in species recovery plans in Europe and Oceania, ranging from frogs and turtles to birds and bats.


Sarah Converse, Unit Leader of the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Sarah is an Associate Professor in the School of Environmental and Forest Sciences (SEFS) and the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (SAFS) at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her research program is built around two themes – quantitative population ecology of endangered species and decision analysis applications in endangered species management.


Jamie Copsey, Director of Training for the IUCN Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG)

Jamie has worked as a professional trainer and facilitator in the field of conservation biology for more than 18 years and also lectures extensively around the topic of conservation management as well as publishing in an eclectic range of topics including conservation leadership, invasive species management, amphibian conservation and capacity development. In his new role with the CPSG Jamie is responsible for determining how the IUCN SSC can scale up capacity for species conservation planning globally.

John Ewen, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

John's research focuses on reintroduction biology and threatened species recovery. He is co-chair of New Zealand’s Hihi (Stitchbird) Recovery Group and is involved in a growing number of projects including birds and mammals spanning New Zealand, Australia and Mauritius.

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Axel Moehrenschlager, Chair of the IUCN SSC Reintroduction Specialist Group

Axel is motivated to amplify translation, policy integration, training, and application of the IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations to help more species, ecosystems, and people worldwide. He is the Director of Conservation & Science at the Calgary Zoo, Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Calgary, and Research Associate at Oxford University where he received his PhD.


Phil Seddon, Professor of Zoology and Director of the Postgraduate Wildlife Management Program at the University of Otago

Phil has been a member of the IUCN SSC Conservation Translocations Specialist Group since 1994, and Chair of the CTSG Bird Section since 1998. He has been involved in the implementation of reintroduction projects for mammals, birds, and reptiles in Oceania and the Middle East, and has advised on reintroduction projects globally.


Doug Armstrong, Professor of Conservation Biology at Massey University, New Zealand

Doug has over 25 years’ experience in reintroduction biology, and has been the Oceania Chair of the IUCN Conservation Translocations Specialist Group since 1997. He has been directly involved in many New Zealand reintroductions, and specializes in combining experimental management with population modeling to make predictions to facilitate management decisions.



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