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.

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.

IUCN webinar on "Need Restoration be Multilingual"
18 Jun 2021

On 18 June 2021, ESUG members held a presentation “Need Restoration be Multilingual” for IUCN-CEMs Ecosystem Restoration Thematic Group (ERTG), which organises a monthly webinar series on “Ecosystem Restoration: Global Initiatives in Science and Practice". The webinar was very well received by over 110 participants from a plethora of groups, institutions and organisations and highlighted insights from Prof. Kenward’s lifelong work promoting sustainable use solutions via international conventions, scientific papers and multilingual Glocal (Global with Local) networks. An abstract may be found here, together with a copy of the talk itself, and a recording of the presentation may be accessed here


As we are now in the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, IUCN's ERTG is hosting further webinars on the third Friday of each month. Those who are interested in this informative series of presentations may register via this link

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.



 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