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National Red Lists of Species and Ecosystems Training Session at the Capacity Building for Conservation Congress

Integration of red lists of species and ecosystems is one of the goals of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for 2013-2016. In this sense, during the Capacity Building for Conservation Congress will take place a workshop simultaneously focused in strengthening the capacity of assessors to carry out species and ecosystem red lists.

 

Integration of red lists of species and ecosystems is one of the goals of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for 2013-2016. We envision users being able to eventually navigate their jurisdiction of interest (i.e. municipality, state, country, region) using a Google-maps-type interface and downloading data on the status of species and ecosystems in the area. This would be a powerful tool to assist parties to the CBD in reporting progress towards the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, but it would also help with land use planning and conservation priority setting at any spatial scale.

Defining the global status of species and ecosystems is a task that is coordinated from IUCN headquarters, as a collaboration of the Species Survival Commission, Global Species Programme, Commission on Ecosystem Management, and Ecosystem Management Programme. But national level assessments, arguably those that are more likely to influence public policies, tend to be carried out by a combination of governmental agencies, NGOs and academic institutions, often with support from the private sector. The quality of such assessments is very heterogeneous, however, as previous exposure to the species and ecosystem red list categories and criteria is variable (more information on red lists can be found at: www.iucnredlist.org, www.iucnrle.org).

In this workshop, we will focus on simultaneously strengthening the capacity of assessors to carry out species and ecosystem red lists, giving a higher priority to applicants that are actively pursuing one or both types of red lists at the national level. A limited number of travel bursaries will be available to selected applicants that are unable to cover 100% the cost of travel and attendance (US$ 1000 each, which includes the cost of registration in the congress). It is important to stress that travel bursaries are unlikely to be sufficient to cover all costs of attendance at the congress (travel, lodging, food and conference registration), so those interested in applying for a bursary must provide evidence of the availability of additional funds.

The workshop will take place during the Capacity Building for Conservation Congress, to be carried out on 12-15 February at Villa de Leyva, Colombia. All training session participants would attend the general conference (12-14 February) and spend the last day (15 February) exploring the tools being developed to support creation of species and ecosystem red lists. It will be a one-day, hands-on session, focused on the introduction to the topic and available tools, and integration to the growing network of national species and ecosystem assessors.

To apply for admission in the National Red Lists of Species and Ecosystem Training Session, please include the following information in an email addressed to Tina Oliveira-Miranda, Senior Scientist, Biodiversity Program, Provita ([email protected]):

  1. Full name (last name in CAPITAL letters).
  2. Gender: Male/female.
  3. Contact information, including at least email address, institution and country.
  4. Status (student, temporal employee, full-time employee, etc.).
  5. Highest academic degree achieved, indicating date awarded, institution and discipline.
  6. Brief statement (500 words, maximum), outlining your experience with national red lists of species and/or ecosystems, or your plan to develop such lists in your country, highlighting existing sources of support or networks of collaborators actively engaged in these plans.
  7. Please attach brief, updated Curriculum vitae.
  8. Do you require a travel bursary? If so, please provide an estimate of the entire cost of your trip (travel, lodging, food and conference registration), and indicate the alternative sources of funds that you would use to cover the expenses above the US$ 1000 of the travel bursary.

Receipt of applications will be acknowledged within two working days of their arrival. Applications will be received until 28 December 2012.

Awardees will be informed of their selection by 15 January 2013.

November, 2012

   

Provita Nov 22, 2012

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