Feb 23

Experts from around the world are gathering for a six-day conference that will set the agenda for global species conservation for the next four years.

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A dugong - one of the spectacular creatures to be found in the UAE

IUCN SSC Chairs meeting

This IUCN SSC (Species Survival Commission) Chairs meeting will involve members of more than 100 SSC groups. These SSC groups focus on the conservation issues faced by a fascinating array of plants and animals, from slime moulds to dragonflies and antelopes. Some groups also specialise in addressing specific issues, such as the reintroduction of species back into the wild.

These specialists are world experts on almost every conceivable creature or plant on the planet. Abu Dhabi is hosting this conference out of a deep and historical commitment to protecting biodiversity on a national, regional, and global scale,” said H.E. Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Secretary General of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi (EAD).

This meeting will set the global species conservation agenda for the next four years and EAD is proud to support it.”

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The Arabian oryx is a major success story for conservation in the UAE

Conservation in the United Arab Emirates

The conference will feature conservation programmes from the United Arab Emirates (UEA) in the opening ceremony, and will highlight the UAE’s continued commitment to conservation. The Arabian oryx is one such conservation success story, having being reintroduced to the wild after being almost hunted to extinction.

We are continually impressed with Abu Dhabi’s strong support of species conservation both locally and internationally,” said Dr Simon Stuart, Chair of the IUCN SSC.

Abu Dhabi has been instrumental in regional efforts to bring the Arabian oryx back from the brink of extinction. Its efforts with locally threatened species such as the dugong, houbara bustard, and hawksbill turtles are also very impressive. Perhaps more important is Abu Dhabi’s established long-term commitment to global species conservation.”

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The houbara bustard is currently being conserved in the UAE

Although the Species Survival Commission was formed 60 years ago, this will only be the second time in its history that the chairs of the various groups have met. This meeting of world experts will provide a platform from which to advance global species conservation and achieve the SSC vision of ‘A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity’.

Find out more about the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

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Becky Moran, ARKive Species Text Author