Our Mission and Objectives

To conduct research in order to enhance understanding of conservation through the use of wild living resources and to influence policy and practice accordingly. See our networking and other activities here and on Facebook.

Beyond Farmer Clusters
03 May 2022

Not content with encouraging farmers to work together in ‘Farmer Clusters’ of about 10 farms, for which UK government’s Natural England provided a facilitation fund, the Game and Wildlife Trust has now managed the launch of a much larger grouping at river catchment scale. Expected to cover over 40,000 hectares – or around one third the area of all England’s National Nature Reserves - the Environmental Farmers Group (EFG) is the first of its kind in the UK, with 80 farmers united to deliver biodiversity recovery, clean water in the River Avon, and net zero farming by 2040. The river Avon is the largest chalk-water system in England, and stunningly productive of salmonid species if the conditions are right. The Farm Clusters now linking for the Environmental Farmers Group have already increased populations of wading birds and other farmland species. Cooperations of stakeholders like this are probably the best way to sustain rural ecosystem services.

Africa's Voice Heard in Europe
26 Apr 2022

The Intergroup of the European Parliament on Biodiversity, Hunting, Countryside held an event in Brussels on “Is Africa’s Voice being Heard? Hunting, Conservation and Livelihoods”. Under the chairing of IUCN Councillor Ali Kaka, from Kenya, The Hon Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment, Forestry and Tourism in Namibia, was joined at the podium by Ambassadors to the EU from Botswana and Zambia, and on video by Dr Rogers Lubilo of the Community Leaders Network of Southern Africa. A recording shows that Africa’s voice badly needs to be heard. Dr Dilys Roe, chair of SULi, added many good points on the importance of hunting for communities and conservation, in a concluding panel discussion with Jorge Rodriguez Romero of European Commission and Ivonne Higuero of CITES.

Sándor Csányi opens IUGB XXXV
21 Sep 2021

The 35th Congress of the International Union of Game Biologists has opened in Budapest, combined with a number of other key events within the framework of the One With Nature World Exhibition. Of special interest to ESUG members, some of whom may remember our meeting in Hungary in 1999, is the 15th Perdix Congress and a two day forum of the Collaborative Partnership for Wildlife Management. The latter will take place from mid-day on 26 September through 27 September, with strong participation by SULi and registration for online participation here.

IUCN’s WCC7 in Marseilles
11 Sep 2021

The long-awaited WCC7 took place during 3-11 September 2021. Among 9 200 participants at Marseille and online, 4 730 individuals connected by internet for more than 19 000 hours of viewing. Media coverage was impressive, with 140 countries publishing some 10 000 articles and 54 million people accessing via #IUCNcongress. Click here for more information. The process of reconstituting the membership of IUCN’s Commissions can now start, including a new Commission for Climate Change.

Basil Manos 1951-2021
05 Jul 2021

Professor Basil Manos, editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Sustainable Agricultural Management and Informatics (IJSAMI), passed away on July 5, 2021 at the age of 70, in his hometown of Thessaloniki, Greece. His battle with serious medical issues in recent months showed his courage and strength in facing life. Despite the challenges, Basil came out a hero and stayed strong until the end.


Basil earned his bachelor degrees from the Department of Mathematics of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1973 and from the Department of Economics of the University of Macedonia in 1979. He had a master degree in Operations Research from the London School of Economics in 1981 and from 1976 till 2018 he served as a Professor in the School of Agriculture, Department of Agricultural Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.


His research interests were in farm management and regional planning, environmental management, impact assessment, sustainability, efficiency and business informatics. He was head of the Department of Agricultural Economics and Director of the Lab of Agricultural Economics Research. He conducted research in many national and European funded projects and he initiated IJSAMI, guiding it steadily to success. As an ESUG member, he was firm, kind and often amusing in his leadership of the projects on Governance and Ecosystem Management for Conservation of Biodiversity and to design a Transactional Environmental Support System.


He was a beloved husband, father of two girls and grandfather of two. He was an honourable man that served with distinction in all positions he occupied. He made his family and his friends proud. He will be greatly missed.



 ESUG is governed by its members, who delegate responsibility between general meetings to an elected Chairperson, currently Dr Julie Ewald of the UK, and Committee, currently Dr Tetiana Gardashuk (Ukraine), Dr David Scallan (Belgium), Dr Zenon Tederko (Poland), Dr Viktor Šegrt (Croatia), Prof Sándor Csányi (Hungary), Dr Frank Vorhies (UK) and Prof Robert Kenward (UK); Robin Sharp CB is Chair Emeritus. ESUG has since founding had a part time Secretariat c/o EBCD, Rue de la Science 10, 1000-Brussels; offices are also in Japan & UK.



Effectively, the group works through projects to produce knowledge tools for conservation through sustainable use of biodiversity, either as

  1. Policy documents and instruments for governments, or
  2. Software tools, including web-portals, to distribute knowledge


Patrons of ESUG 

We are profoundly grateful to the following for their generous support of our work for 2019-20, which has already enabled a Climate Change page & will give 12 more languages on  www.naturalliance.org:

Federation of Associations for Hunting & Conservation of the EU

British Association for Shooting & Conservation

Chair of Anatrack Ltd

Robin Sharp CB