IUCN Species Survival Commission recognizes vital contributions of botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos to wildlife conservation – News
the IUCN SSC position statement on the role of botanic gardens, aquariums and zoos It is the result of an extensive collaborative process characterized by iterative improvement and distributed public consultation. Led by Chris Ferris, former executive director of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA); Keira Milham, Director of Strategic Partnerships at SSC; Marilyn Ramos, Coordinator of South-South Partnerships and Grants; and John Paul Rodriguez, President of SSC The drafting of this statement involved ad hoc working groups comprising experts from various sectors in the field of species conservation.
“Botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos have been part of IUCN since the IUCN was established at Fontainebleau on 5 October 1948. As we celebrate our 75th anniversary, we provide an offering to the wider conservation community, and in particular to all institutions that manage animals, fungi and plants outside Website, Position statement of the IUCN Species Survival Commission on the role of botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos in the conservation of species. He says John Paul Rodriguez, President of SSC. “On the one hand, we recognize and celebrate their major contributions to reversing the decline of hundreds of species, and setting standards to keep them under human care. Such achievements demonstrate the experience, knowledge and inspiration needed to mobilize for action and success in bringing animals, fungi and plants back from the brink of extinction. On the other hand, we We invite organizations that are not yet leaders in this field to consider the means by which they can achieve their own conservation goals.Although it is clear that an ex situ approach is an essential component of our conservation toolkit, it must We always keep in mind that our ultimate goal is to ensure that all animals, fungi and plants thrive in nature, coexisting with humans on a scale from urban areas and human-dominated landscapes to remote, pristine locations where the influence of people is barely detectable.
In a call to action, the SSC encourages all entities, including government agencies, to strengthen collaboration with botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos. This collective effort, under the umbrella of the One Plan approach, embodies a commitment to a unified strategy to save species from the brink of extinction.
From this perspective, Razan Al-Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of NatureHe also welcomed the statement of the Supreme Security Committee, which indicates: “I have been personally involved in efforts to reverse population declines and improve the conservation status of species, and the inspiring success stories I have seen give me hope. It is never too late. Species can recover in the wild, if given the opportunity in well-managed captive populations like these Maintained by zoos, botanical gardens and aquariums.
The IUCN Species Survival Commission’s position statement on the role of botanic gardens, aquariums and zoos in species conservation recognizes the pioneering role these organizations already play in the science and practice of species conservation, and calls on others to realize their full potential, working alongside Governments and key partners to collectively achieve IUCN’s One Plan approach.
The document also includes the rationale behind the statement, along with a list of examples of the roles botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos can and do play in the conservation of wild species. The SSC position statement contributes directly to the implementation of Resolution WCC-2020-Res-079 on linking in situ and ex situ efforts to save threatened species. It also complements similar positions taken by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the Convention on Biological Diversity through the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation and by making explicit reference to From the situation In the new Target 4 of the Global Biodiversity Framework.
“For too long, species conservation efforts have been isolated and focused at the project level, often separating experiences and activities between wild populations and those in human care. This position statement highlights that many botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos around the world They are important partners in species survival and in connecting with communities to inspire more action. It is time for us to recognize the roles that leading botanical gardens, aquariums and zoos play in saving species, to encourage those who have not yet taken on these roles to do so, and to act as a community United to conserve species. Only then will we succeed in halting extinction and restoring populations of plants, animals and fungi around the world to ensure a shared future for us all. Keira Milham, Director, Strategic Partnerships, IUCN SSC and Co-Director of the position statement.
“This document is a major step in providing long-overdue recognition and respect for the unique and critical roles that zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens play in species conservation and in engaging communities in efforts to protect and restore nature. I am extremely proud to have helped lead the collaborative effort to issue this statement Which reflects the contributions of more than 400 people from around the world. Chris Ferris, retired former executive director of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and co-director of the position statement.
“For the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) and its members, this IUCN SSC position statement recognizes the progressive role of zoos and aquariums as key partners in species conservation, advancing WAZA’s new strategic priorities. Our members are proud to be vital stakeholders In halting the decline of biodiversity through joint initiatives with the IUCN SSC such as Reverse the Red and in their individual capacities.This statement reinforces the unique roles that zoological and aquatic institutions play and must continue to play as part of the global conservation community. Martin Zordan, CEO, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
“Leading zoos around the world contribute greatly to environmental conservation, and their integrated approach can create hope for some of the most endangered wildlife around the world. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance celebrates the IUCN SSC position statement and their call for a The One Plan to use our collective expertise to halt the massive loss of biodiversity on a global scale that we are all witnessing. We are honored to welcome the international conservation community to our home in San Diego as we share this Declaration with the world, and continue to work together to create a world where all life thrives. Paul Baribault, President and CEO of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) which hosts the IUCN Global Species Survival Center (IUCN SSC): Biodiversity Banking and WAZA 2023 Conference Host
“As a long-standing member of IUCN and a partner of the SSC, EAZA welcomes this position statement. It clearly demonstrates the critical and unique roles of progressive zoos and aquariums in species conservation. EAZA strongly supports the focus on collaboration across in situ and ex situ conservation activities to enable Impactful conservation results. Myfanwy Griffiths, Executive Director, European Zoo and Aquarium Association (EAZA)
“The Botanic Gardens have led the development and implementation of the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation for more than 20 years, but much remains to be done. Less than 40% of threatened plant species are conserved in seed banks, and even fewer are subject to in situ recovery measures.” The new Global Biodiversity Framework, with its focus on restoration and recovery, is a call to action for botanic gardens. BGCI joins the IUCN SSC in calling on all botanic gardens to take up this challenge before it is too late, and these plants – and countless other lives – disappear. Others support it – forever. Paul Smith, Secretary General, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI)
“With a third of a wAs the world’s tree species are threatened with extinction, conservation efforts across sectors are more important than ever. This position statement is a timely call to action for the Arboretum and other botanic gardens to continue and expand our impactful work in preserving the world’s trees, which are essential to all life on Earth. Jill Koski, President and CEO of Morton Arboretum, host of the IUCN SSC Center for Species Survival: Trees.
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