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

Pro-Coast meeting in Bergen, Norway.
13 Jun 2024


Six members of ESUG, including Chair Julie Ewald, were among the participants at a second physical meeting of the Pro-Coast project in Bergen during 11-13 June 2024. Work is now starting in the nine Case Studies. This is under intensive guidance by social scientists, which reminds us how much this project differs from GEMCONBIO (2006-8), in which study of conservation projects showed that success depended mainly on adaptive management and knowledge leadership, and TESS (2008-11) in which the need for detailed local mapping and ease of collection by trained community volunteers was demonstrated. In Pro-Coast we seek to discover what individual motivations favour conservation behaviour, and to use this knowledge to engender massive roll-out of tools for sustainable use of wild resources. 

Conference in honour of Prof Dr Tatyana Bragina
26 Feb 2024

Very many congratulations to our member in Kazakhstan and Honourable Professor of Kostanai Pedagogical Institute, Doctor of Biological Sciences Tatyana M. Bragina, for whom an International Conference was dedicated on “Conservation of Biological Diversity and Development of a Network of Specially Protected Natural Areas”. Tatyana (centre with pink/white flowers) was instrumental in creating the Naurzum Nature Reserve and is a long-standing member of IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management. Robert Kenward attended by Zoom and gave introductory words as well as providing a first publication for the Pro-Coast project. Many thanks to Tetiana Gardashuk for help with translation.

ESUG to coordinate PRO-COAST project

Thanks to a successful bid into the EU Horizon programme, ESUG will coordinate a project for PROactive approach for COmmunities to enAble Societal Transformation. Starting on 1 November 2023 and running for 3 years,  PRO-COAST will research motivations for nature conservation based mainly in sustainable use of cultural (e.g. ecotourism) and productive (e.g. fisheries) services from wild species and their ecosystems, initially in nine coastal communities in Europe and then scale up for roll out (e.g on Naturalliance, see last two paras here). For PRO-COAST we now also have a Gender Equality Policy for which Dr Tetiana Gardashuk is Gender Equality Officer.

ESUG Meets in Brussels on 31 May 2023
31 May 2023

After being unable to meet during the Covid-19 pandemic, ESUG at last brought its members together, by Teams and physically, in Brussels during 0900-1315 CEST on Wednesday 31 May 2023, in new FACE headquarters (conveniently opposite DG Environment). The meeting was preceded on May 30 by the closing event of two GWCT-led projects, PARTRIDGE & BEESPOKE, on how sustainable use can restore biodiversity by working with communities of interest and local communities (a video of the event is well worth watching) and by a Biodiversity WG meeting of International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey.


Papers for the ESUG General Meeting were as follows:

The Meeting Agenda

The Meeting on Screen

Minutes of the Meeting in Croatia on 24 April 2019

Report of the Chair

Report from Ukraine

Financial Report

Candidates for Chair and Committee

Draft minutes from the meeting will be uploaded here soon.

ESUG at IAF Conference in Abu Dhabi
27 Sep 2022

Seven ESUG members attended a 3-day conference in Abu Dhabi on "The Significance of Indigenous People and Local Communities in linking Intangible Cultural Heritage and Wildlife Conservation". This event marked the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IUCN and the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) on raptor conservation and stakeholder networking. Adrian Lombard, Elizabeth Leix, Alessandra Oliveto, Janusz Sielicki, Julian Mühle, Robert Kenward and Véronique Blontrock were all speakers and joined many young falconers for a training workshop on running our networks. Janusz launched IAF's new conservation network and presentations from the conference are available for access here.



 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 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

A Gender Equality Policy guides our work.


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