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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.

Data into Action - An Introduction to Resource Watch

WRI's 'Data into Action' strategy combines open data platforms, information and communication technologies, artificial intelligence, and human networks to drive more transparent and accountable management of the planet's resources. As part of this strategy, WRI launched Resource Watch - a free, open data visualization platform.

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 …

The Endangered Species Act: Successes, Shortcomings, and the Future

The ESA is the strongest law in the world for protecting imperiled species. So why do some species recover under its protection while others continue to struggle? What is the ESA doing well, and where might we allocate resources to make it even stronger?

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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