Special Issue: Achieving the targets of global biodiversity conventions

The journal Conservation Letters has just released a Special Issue on "Achieving the targets of global biodiversity conventions". This is the first Special Issue of Conservation Letters, proposed by Moreno Di Marco (GFS), James Watson (GFS leader), Oscar Venter and Hugh Possingham and developed in collaboration with the Editor in Chief Eddie Game. The issue includes 13 articles, written by an amazing group of authors. This is a truly exciting set of papers focused on the development, achievement, and monitoring of national an international biodiversity targets on land and in the sea. The entire issue is Open Access, just click here to access the individual papers or download the entire i

Engaging local communities in fighting the illegal wildlife trade: can a theory of change help?

Recent alarming rises in illegal wildlife trade (IWT) show that tough law enforcement is not enough to stop poachers devastating populations of iconic or endangered species. Local people must be empowered to benefit from conservation and be supported to partner with law enforcement agencies in the fight against wildlife crime. We have developed a ‘Theory of Change’ for understanding how community-level interventions can help in tackling IWT. Do the ‘pathways’ we present reflect your experiences from IWT-related projects and programmes? Do the assumptions that we suggest hold true? Please join the discussion and help expand the theory to support better policy and practice on the ground.

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