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.

Evgeny Alexandrovich Bragin 1954-2020
26 Aug 2020

Prof Dr Evgeny Bragin was a superb field-scientist from the start of his career. Working at Naurzum reserve in northern Kazakhstan, he studied raptors nesting in the sparse stands of trees that fringed the open steppe to the south, using motorbikes with side-cars for colleagues and stability. He was always courteous, gentle to offer practical advice, pragmatic in terms of support for sustainable-use as a conservation technique and reliable as a friend and scientist. It is therefore no surprise that he became a pillar of the academic establishment in Kazakhstan. Colleagues have prepared a more detailed obituary in Russian on Facebook and in translation as a download. Complications from a Covid-19 infection took him from us on 25 August 2020, leaving his wife Prof Dr Tatyana Bragina to help us remember him.

The United Nations is 75. Happy Birthday!
01 Aug 2020

"The United Nations is 75. Everyone is invited to a United Nations survey. Please tell your social media contacts about this today."

Thanks to ESUG translators, the news was available in 4 days at links on our Naturalliance network in the following languages: 

Chinese --- English --- Estonian --- Farsi --- French --- Hausa --- Italian --- Japanese --- Portuguese --- Romanian --- Russian --- Spanish

The message came to us from secretariat of UN's Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species, with which we've been working since 2012, including for www.sakernet.org, and was forwarded also for circulation to IUCN-SUME and IUCN-SULi.

Workshop in Abu Dhabi on Bird Trade
27 Aug 2019

A lot of ‘wildlife crime’ occurs because local traditions are rendered illegal by decisions made in English at international conventions without the awareness, let alone with consultation in their own language, of those affected. Such crime can be addressed by giving more scope for local people to act legally and explaining in local languages why that is important. Recommendations to that effect were one outcome of a workshop organised on 27 August in Abu Dhabi by the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, the Convention on Conservation of Migratory Species and the Bern Convention. After a talk by members of ESUG, SUME & SULiour network to promote legal use of Saker Falcons was re-launched in 10 languages by an Emirati diplomat, HE Awadh Ali Sali, by pressing the button to publish www.sakernet.org.

Riccardo Simoncini publishes on Mainstreaming Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services in the CAP
20 Aug 2019

Dr Riccardo Simoncini, coordinator of ESUG's Agriculture Working Group, joined colleagues to prepare Chapter 6 on "Options for Governance and Decision Making across Scales and Sectors" in the IPBES Report for Europe and Central Asia. He then turned this into a paper on constraints and opportunities for biodiversity and ecosystem services under the Common Agricultural Policy which is being published in Land Use Policy Volume 88. This key review for anyone working on biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems is available from the publisher until 20 September 2019 and therafter in Resources on our Downloads.

ESUG GM in Karlovac on 24 April 2019
24 Apr 2019

Our 2019 General Meeting was in Karlovac, Croatia, as part of a conference with together with IUCN's group on Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems during 23-25 April 2019. Many thanks to Dr Viktor Šegrt for the planning and Dr Margarita Maruškić Kulaš for facilities at Aquatika. Please visit our Meetings Page for all the details.



 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