First Global Meeting on Conservation Translocations
Between May 23rd and 25th a large group of translocation practitioners met in the city of Valencia, Spain, to share experiences and practice-based learnings. The meeting was structured around large presentations/interviews with experienced practitioners from each continent. There were long sessions about conservation translocations in North America, Argentina, Europe, Africa, Oceanic Islands, India, and Australia. (Conservation translocations are the deliberate movement and release of plants, animals, or fungi into the wild for conservation purposes.)
I am pleased to share with you the link to the page that includes all the sessions that took place at this First Global Meeting on Conservation Translocations.
After seeing and editing them, I have confirmed the quality of what was said in those two days in Valencia, distilling what is sure to be more than 200 years of practical experience in translocations by the speakers.
I think there is an entire audio/video book there to enjoy with calm and attention! Good material for graduate courses on translocations/reintroductions/conservation biology, too.
Ignacio Jiménez has extensive international experience in conservation. He has coordinated research and management projects with manatees in Costa Rica and Nicaragua and with golden-crowned sifakas in Madagascar, worked on wetlands and protected areas in El Salvador, and coordinated a national assessment of the Spanish experience in endangered species recovery. He worked for CLT/Tompkins Conservation in Argentina between 2005 and 2018, where he managed the largest reintroduction program in the Americas. This initiative included restoring populations of giant anteater, pampas deer, tapir, peccary, green-winged macaw, maned wolf and jaguar. He spent 2016 in South Africa in order to learn about how public and private organizations in Africa manage and integrate nature reserves, rewilding and ecotourism. In 2018 Ignacio started collaborating with Brazilian organizations to establish two large conservation landscapes in the Atlantic Forest and Pantanal. Presently, Ignacio lives with his family near a nature park in the Spanish coast and coordinates a project aimed to establish new or expanded protected areas in his home country.