SURVEY INVITATION: IUCN WCC Conservation Campus on the Plant Extinction Prevention Program Model for Oceanic Islands

Dear colleagues:

We’d like to welcome you to complete this survey from the planning committee of the IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 Conservation Campus (CC) (#9622) titled “Plant Extinction Prevention Program Model: Partnering for Effective Conservation on Oceanic Islands,” which will be held on Honolulu, Hawai`i, U.S.A. on September 4, 2016. For your information, the abstract of CC #9622 is provided below.

This survey is appropriate for anyone engaged in or supporting plant conservation on oceanic islands, whether or not you’ll be attending the IUCN WCC 2016. Your participation in this survey will assist the planning committee to: 1) obtain a baseline understanding of the types and the extent of rare plant conservation conducted on islands around the world, 2) learn what specific topics we should address in CC #9622, and 3) determine how the CC can best serve its global participants, who will be coming together from a broad range of local circumstances. This survey will also gauge your interest in sharing your expertise to assist us in developing training materials for the WCC, which will then be made available online to assist other programs. We welcome you to become a part of this network of plant conservation partners.

We encourage anyone participating in or supporting plant conservation on oceanic islands to complete this survey by May 28, 2016, which will take approximately 20-30 minutes.

The survey can be found online: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2646902/PEPP-Model-IUCN-WCC-Survey

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Joan Yoshioka at joan.m.yoshioka@hawaii.gov or Nellie Sugii at sugii@hawaii.edu. A more comprehensive follow-up survey will be sent prior to the WCC to summarize plant conservation activities on a global scale.

Mahalo Nui Loa

Planning Committee Members:

  • Nellie Sugii – Hawaiian Rare Plant Program, Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, Univ. of Hawai`i
  •   Joan Yoshioka – Plant Extinction Prevention Program, Pacific Coop. Studies Unit, Univ. of Hawai`i
  • Dr. Marian Chau – Seed Storage Laboratory, Harold L. Lyon Arboretum, Univ. of Hawai`i
  • Christian Torres Santana – Arboretum Parque Doña Inés, Fundación Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rico
  • Dr. Jim McConnell – Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program, Univ. of Guam
  • Dr. Mari Marutani – Guam Plant Extinction Prevention Program, Univ. of Guam
  • Dr. Margaret Sporck Koehler – Hawai`i Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Forestry and Wildlife
  • Vickie Caraway – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Pacific Islands Fish and Wildlife Office
  • Matthew Keir – Laukahi Plant Conservation Network, Hawai`i
  • Meredith Speicher – U.S. National Park Service; Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

ABSTRACT: IUCN WCC CC #9622, “Plant Extinction Prevention Program Model: Partnering for Effective Conservation on Oceanic Islands,” will include training session for conservationists, scientists, horticulturists, and decision-makers interested in implementing urgent and effective conservation strategies to prevent the extinction of plant species on oceanic islands. The Plant Extinction Prevention Program (PEPP) Model will be featured as one example of an effective approach that is gaining momentum in Guam and we hope in other areas of the globe as it may be appropriate for other oceanic islands that face similar threats and extinction emergencies. The morning session will focus on in situ (in-place) management, while the afternoon session will focus on hands-on ex situ (off-site) management. Managers in Hawaii, Guam, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and other island nations (hopefully including yours) will provide participants with examples from which to draw and apply to their unique situations. A bilingual instructional handbook (English, Spanish) covering in situ and ex situ topics will be a published product of this CC and made available online. Additionally, a network of rare plant conservation programs on oceanic islands will be developed through the Global Island Plant Conservation Network or other venue to facilitate communication between programs to exchange ideas and solicit advice or suggestions. It is hoped this network will expand into the development of an IUCN SSC Oceanic Island Plant Conservation Specialist Group.

Kind regards,

Christian on behalf of the CC Planning Committee

Christian W. Torres Santana

Director

Arboretum Parque Doña Inés

Fundación Luis Muñoz Marín

RR 2, Buzón #5

San Juan, PR 00926-9766

(787) 755-7979

http://www.flmm.org

 

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