IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group training for effective conservation translocations

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This IUCN RSG 4-day training workshop is aimed at conservation biologists and managers working on conservation translocations and reintroductions.  The IUCN Reintroduction Specialist Group aims to create profound benefits for nature and people by saving species and restoring the function of ecosystems. To do so it supports conservation biologists and managers in designing and managing the complexities surrounding conservation translocations in terms of multi-stakeholder interests, biological uncertainties and risk. Through this workshop it hopes to ultimately increase knowledge to plan, courage to act, certainty to secure resources, skill to respond to challenges, and support the achievement of successful conservation outcomes. 

The 4-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.  Workshop participants will be required to prepare a summary of a conservation translocation project they are currently involved with.  By the end of the workshop, participants should be able to apply IUCN Guidelines for Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations.

This workshop is kindly sponsored by ZSL, EAZA and Calgary Zoo.

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Workshop facilitators are leading experts in the field and include those involved in writing and/or evaluating the IUCN Guidelines on Reintroductions and Other Conservation Translocations.

  • Stefano Canessa, FWO post-doctoral fellow at the University of Gent

Stefano's research focuses on demographic modelling and decision-making for endangered species management, particularly disease mitigation and conservation translocations. 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 16 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.

  • 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 Programme at the University of Otago

Over the last 25 years Phil has been involved in a number of bird, mammal and reptile reintroduction projects in New Zealand, Australia, SE Asia, and the Middle East.


Attending this event

  • This event is now sold out.

  • A workshop dinner for all attendees on Tuesday 28th November is included in the registration fee.

  • Venue: Bartlett Suite, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274


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