IUCN Bison Specialist Group Meeting Friday November 1st BSG Members only
The IUCN-World Conservation Union is the world’s largest conservation network. It is the only environmental organization with UN Observer status. The IUCN brings together 82 States, 111 government agencies, more than 800 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and some 10,000 scientists and experts from 181 countries in a unique worldwide partnership supporting nature conservation.
The Species Survival Commission (SSC) is one of six commissions under the IUCN. It is a science-based network of some 7,000 volunteer experts from around the world, working towards achieving the vision of “A world that values and conserves present levels of biodiversity." Within the Species Survival Commission (SSC), over 110 specialist groups are established to observe species, monitor biodiversity, analyze issues, develop solutions, and implement conservation.
The Bison Specialist Group (BSG) consists of two units, one for European bison and another for North American bison. The purpose of the North American Bison Specialist Group (NABSG) is to contribute to the development of comprehensive and viable strategies and management actions to improve conservation and achieve ecological restoration of plains bison and wood bison where feasible throughout the original range of each subspecies. The North American BSG is composed of 80 bison researchers and managers from across the continent.
The 2016 NABSG meeting is scheduled for one day preceding the ABS conference and will focus on reviewing the Red List Assessment report to determine the appropriate IUCN status for American Bison. In addition we will review membership and nominate new members. The meeting will define activities of the NABSG for the next 5 years and further discuss the practice of bison restoration across its natural range. The BSG will discuss monitoring the status of bison in North America and applying the best science strategies to conserve and ecologically restore American bison.
This special meeting will be an invited meeting available only to members of the BSG.