The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) edits, among other things, the Red List of Endangered Species. The IUCN globally defines the relevant criteria for protectorates and reservations and formulates internationally binding regulations and agreements on environmental law.
As an expert organization for all aspects of environmental, natural and species conservation, the IUCN provides advice to states and communities and notably directly to the UNO.
Sharkproject Germany has been a full member of the IUCN for several days now – as the only German specialised organization for shark conservation within more than a thousand members.
In the IUCN, knowledge and measures of all areas regarding sustainable managementof the environment are bundled. There are special groups for topics such as ‘Climate Change’, ‘Business and Biodiversity’, ‘Environmental Law’, ‘Forests’, ‘Marine and Polar’, ‘Protected Areas’, ‘Science and Knowledge’, ‘Species’ and ‘Water’. Subgroups ensure effective work in highly specialized teams, focusing on small sections of the big picture. In addition to many states and government agencies, the members are mainly non-governmental organizations from all over the world.
As a subgroup of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC), the IUCN Shark Specialist Group, specialised on shark conservation, deals with sharks, rays and chimaeras and their protection and preservation (and, if necessary, their welfare).
It examines, in particular, the situation of endangered species of sharks and thus contributes to the globally respected IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
SHARKPROJECT will contribute its knowledge and commitment to the IUCN and will be able to communicate international activities in our language area.
It is still important to reach out to the critical mass of combatants, so that the worldwide (as well as locally) operating “shark-enemies” cannot continue unhindered, but rather have to face more and more opponents and obstacles.
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