Key strategies for successful coexistence from 30+ years of defending

This organized session will feature talks by six of Defenders' staff working at the frontlines of human-wildlife coexistence. Defenders of Wildlife, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of native animals and plants in North America, has long worked at the forefront of advancing human-wildlife coexistence. In celebration of more than 30 years of coexistence work, Defenders is marking 2019 as the Year of Coexistence. Our work in this area is diverse, spanning species, scales and levels of decision-making, with activities ranging from pioneering management interventions to organizing outreach efforts that strengthen social acceptance of wildlife to advocating for federal and state policies and regulations. As Defenders' activities have grown and evolved over time, we have developed key strategies of success that enable sustainable, resilient coexistence between people and wildlife. These strategies are built on guiding principles of conservation science, conflict resolution, social change and economics that are broad enough to be universally applicable but also sufficiently flexible to be adaptable to the unique context of local communities. In this session, we will share these key strategies of successful coexistence through the lens of species and landscapes which Defenders protects across North America.

Fulfilling the need for greater Equity, Inclusion and Diversity within Society for Conservation Biology sections

Within sections and at the International Congresses for Conservation Biology (ICCB), the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) has sought to address issues of Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity. This ongoing process has resulted in the creation of the SCB Equity, Inclusion and Diversity (EID) Committee, conference EID committees, and, in some sections, EID officers. How effective have sections been at addressing EID issues, what have been their challenges and accomplishments, and what future steps can be taken? These questions and others will be addressed in this session, which aims to bring together section representatives and members and the broader SCB community to address EID issues, especially challenges and suggestions for how to address them.

Scientist consensus broadens discussions on the US-Mexico border wall and its threats to biodiversity

Fences and walls erected along international boundaries in the name of national security have unintended but significant consequences for biodiversity. In North America, along the 3,200-km US-Mexico border, barrier construction in the past and recent efforts by the Trump administration to complete a continuous border 'wall' threaten some of the continent's most biologically diverse regions. Already-built sections of the wall, stretching over 1,000 km, are reducing the area, quality, and connectivity of plant and animal habitats, and compromising millions of dollars and acres invested in binational conservation. Political and media attention, however, often misrepresent the harm done to biodiversity. In 2018, we published a paper in BioScience calling on scientists to express unified concern over the border wall's negative impacts on wildlife, habitat, and binational collaboration in conservation and research. In a demonstration of concern felt worldwide, 3,000 scientists from 43 countries endorsed the declaration. The scientific consensus over the border wall received mass media attention internationally and is influencing the development of national legislation and appropriations to better protect biodiversity, such as by changing wall design and potentially defunding construction. This case demonstrates the important role scientists can play by calling attention to scientific evidence and reminding politicians of the long-term impacts of their decisions on the planet.

Refining species range maps for improved implementation of the ESA

The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is often considered the strongest law in the world for protecting imperiled species. However, there are inefficiencies that limit its effectiveness, including limitations in the resolution and accuracy of spatial …

EPA Draft Revised Method for National-level Endangered Species Risk Assessments

In May 2019, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published its proposal to update the protocol for conducting national-level risk assessments for endangered species for the pesticides it registers under FIFRA. We identified several pages of …

Testimony to House Natural Resources Committee, Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife, 22 May 2019

In May 2019, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) released its of the forthcoming Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service. Over 450 expert authors and contributors …

Landscape Conservation resources

The Landscape Conservation Department and the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife work closely on a variety of projects. The Center hosts climate change-related documents as a part of that partnership.


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Home Read the article View signatories Background Partners DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE REPORT The BioScience article was inspired by Defenders of Wildlife’s report ‘In the Shadow of the Wall’. This report explores the biodiversity conservation consequences of extending the U.S.-Mexico border wall in detail. See the full report. PHOTO GALLERY View photos of the U.S.-Mexico border wall and affected animal and plant species. MEDIA Huffington Post: Scientists warn Trump’s border wall would be a disaster for wildlife The Washington Post: Thousands of scientists object to Trump’s border wall The Hill: Thousands of scientists endorse study on border wall’s threat to wildlife Independent: Donald Trump’s US-Mexico border wall is major threat to wildlife, scientists warn Mongabay: 2700 scientists issue call to action on border wall wildlife threat MSN (video): Scientists say the border wall could harm wildlife Scientific American (podcast): Border wall could disrupt hundreds of species See more articles and social media This project is a partnership with Alliance of World Scientists and the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife.


Home Read the article View signatories Background Partners This project is a partnership with Alliance of World Scientists and Defenders of Wildlife. The Alliance of World Scientists (AWS) is an international assembly of scientists, which is independent of both governmental and non-governmental organizations and corporations. They submit, that in order to prevent widespread misery caused by catastrophic damage to the biosphere, humanity must practice more environmentally sustainable alternative to business-as-usual.