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 & SULi, our 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 Chair as Falconry Festival veteran
08 Dec 2017
Thanks to the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan, a pioneering landscape ecologist, the first International Falconry Festival was in Abu Dhabi in 1976. Falconer-biologists gathered when falconry was struggling to show its conservation benefits and survive ignorant attacks. When veterans of that meeting re-gathered in 2017, they celebrated falconry's inscription by UNESCO as Intangible Cultural Heritage and the re-legalisation of falconry after 50 year's absence in Denmark. Further details of ESUG and SUME activities in 2017 are in an annual report.
SUME met in Lima, Peru
27 Oct 2017
SUME's 4th meeting was kindly hosted during 26-27 October 2017 by the
Instituto de Ciencias de la Naturaleza, Territorio y Energía Renovables at the
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. Download proceedings of the meeting to read the abstracts, linked to Powerpoint presentations and other useful information.
SUME met in Kyrgyzstan
07 Sep 2017
SUME’s third meeting since its creation in 2014 was in the small town of Cholpon Ata, on the shores of Lake Issyk Kul in Central Asia. The meeting was kindly hosted on 7 September 2017 by the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF). Download the report.
ESUG General Meeting 2017
11 May 2017
ESUG met at 13.00 on 11/05/2017, followed by a reception to launch Perdixnet at the Bozar in Brussels. The draft Minutes of the General Meeting, which has links to all the meeting papers, and details of the logistics are available for download.
FACE launches Biodiversity Manifesto
19 Mar 2017
The European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation (FACE) has launched a manifesto which can be downloaded in English French and German, with links to reports in those languages of 221 conservation projects across Europe which involve hunters. A website featuring the projects is on the way and will be an important new link on best conservation practice in our naturalliance portal.
First Nature Action
18 Nov 2016
The first Nature Action (see left Menu), which was agreed for Wild Game and Pollinators at ESUG's 2015 General Meeting, has gone live on trial in the Irish Republic. This follows explanatory talks to the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, on the portals which ESUG and GWCT have developed for them, on conservation through sustainable use for falconry, and on the new portal for which the Grey Partridge is a flagship. Translated by IAF into Croatian, French, German, Polish and Russian, with Bulgarian, Czech, Dutch, Hungarian, Italian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Spanish and Ukrainian on the way from ESUG, Perdixnet aims to restore wildlife-friendly farming from Atlantic to Adriatic.
FACE calls for EU to value Sustainable Use
30 Sep 2016
An Intergroup Meeting in the European Parliament followed the policy recommendations of ESUG's GEMCONBIO-UNWIRE and TESS projects in calling for proper recording of value from Hunting, Recreational Fishing, Gathering and Watching wildlife, in order to inform policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
WCC6 blog (SULi)
20 Sep 2016
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New portal & update
15 Aug 2016
The portal for conserving Saker Falcons through use in Asia, a cooperation between CMS Raptors MOU, International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF), BirdLife International and IUCN, is re-launched for a new survey after inclusion of first year results in Arabic, Farsi, Pushto and Russian. A new portal with IAF, on conserving small-game and ecosystems on which it depends, is ready for translation.
SULi+SUME at IPBES scoping meeting
02 Aug 2016
SULi and SUME members from Argentina, Mexico and the UK were at a meeting in Bonn during 2-4 August to redraft a scoping document for the Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. We placed special emphasis on recognition of the positives for conservation from sustainable use of wild species.
SULi goes live on Facebook
23 May 2016
Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group launched on Facebook today, with links to much good material.
Go visit and leave a Like!
Experts for EEA Scientific Committee
28 Apr 2016
European Environment Agency is calling for applications by experts in socio-technical systems (2 appointments), socio-ecological systems (1), sustainability (2) and data (1), for 3 meetings annually during 4 years. The deadline for applying is 10 June 2016.
SULi Chair Spoke in Brussels
20 Apr 2016
On Wednesday 20 April a parliamentary intergroup run by Despina Symons hosted a meeting on "Poachers or Protectors? Local communities at the frontline of conservation". SULi chair Dr Rosie Cooney spoke at the meeting, for which an important Briefing on Trophy Hunting was released, followed by significant information from the European Parliament.
Northern Lights and Next Year
15 Oct 2015
The Aurora lit the sky above the CMS Raptors MOU Conference last week, where ESUG's work on the Saker Falcon featured again. The International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey has also joined SUME in a bid for a Workshop on Community-based Conservation through Sustainable Use at IUCN's World Conservation Congress in Hawaii next year.
Six countries in six weeks
25 Sep 2015
Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Sweden, Qatar, Abu Dhabi between 4 August and 13 September, to report on the Saker portals at the generous invitation of the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey, and to talk on hunting in protected areas for an agency of the Finnish government, including a side meeting with Chair of CEM's Resilience Thematic Group.
ESUG+SUME Meeting Reports
28 Jul 2015
Participants of 15 countries met in Vienna on 23-25 June 2015 for the General Meeting of European Sustainable Use Group and the inaugural meeting of IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management's thematic group on Sustainable Use and Management of Ecosystems. Reports can now be downloaded in the right column of the meeting page.
ESUG launches portal upgrades
04 Jul 2015
Just two weeks after decisions taken in Vienna, and thanks to tremendous efforts by 21 country coordinators, ESUG has re-launched Naturalliance with 3 new topics, and made the networking website System for Community Liaison available for a yearly subscription of just €99.
ESUG to meet in Vienna
24 Jun 2015
ESUG will meet during 23-25 June 2015 to hold a series of meetings, including its biennial GM at 14:00 on 24 June, at the Veterinary Medical Institute of the University of Vienna.
Launch of Saker portal system
20 Apr 2015
At its General Meeting in Brussels, the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) will launch the practitioner site and science site in a project managed for IAF and UNEP-CMS by European Sustainable Use Group.