In This Issue
- Galapagos Implements Conservation Law
- Biodiversity Support Program Online
- Two New Red Data Books
- Job Opportunities
- Future Meetings
- New Publications
- Current Literature
The government of Ecuador has approved regulations to implement a special conservation law for the Galapagos Islands. The regulations will finally implement a law passed nearly two years ago to protect and preserve the islands that inspired Charles Darwin to develop his theory of evolution. Some 600 miles west of Ecuador in the eastern Pacific, the Galapagos are home to one of the highest concentrations of endemic species in the world. Three-fourths of its land birds and 97 percent of its reptiles and mammals are found no where else on Earth. Yet this living laboratory of evolution has come under increasing threat in recent years from the growing pressures of over-fishing, tourism and the introduction of alien, invasive species. The new law, which World Wildlife Fund, the Charles Darwin Foundation and other conservation organizations helped to craft, seeks to counter these threats by creating a marine sanctuary around the islands out to a 40-mile limit and by ensuring that proceeds from tourism are used to support conservation. Besides banning industrial fishing within the sanctuary, the law will establish an inspection and quarantine system and tighten restrictions on tourism and immigration to the islands. Although the conservation law was passed in March 1998, approval of the regulations had been delayed due to opposition from industrial fishing interests. More information on the Galapagos Islands can be found on WWF's Web site http://www.worldwildlife.org/.
The Biodiversity Support Program (BSP), a USAID-funded consortium of World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, and World Resources Institute, announces its new Web site, http://BSPonline.org. The site highlights results and insights gained from BSP's more than 12 years of working to understand the conditions under which biodiversity conservation can be achieved. You are invited to explore overviews of the regional and crosscutting programs, as well as the electronic library of BSP publications. The library will expand over the coming months as the final lessons from BSP's projects are published. All publications are downloadable free of charge. The best way to keep informed about changes and additions to BSPonline, including the release of new publications, is to subscribe to the easy-to-join listserv. Simply click on the "listserv" button at the bottom of the BSPonline home page, and fill in your e-mail address.
Two new Red Data books of threatened and endangered species are now available. Adel Jalili and Ziba Jamzad are the editors of Red Data Book of Iran, published by Koeltz Scientific Books. This 748-page book, written in English, presents a preliminary survey of endemic, rare and endangered plant species in Iran. Using the IUCN 1994 Red List categories, each entry gives the scientific name, status, life form, distribution, and habitat of each species. Introductory chapters are included on phytogeographical regions, data collection and analysis, results and discussion. The main body of the book is made up by the species descriptions. The book is available for $111.00 USD / 200.00 DM. Also by Koeltz Scientific Books is Cervena Kniha Ohrozenych a Vzacnych Druhu Rostlin a Zivocichu CR a SR 5: Vyssi Rostliny (Red Data Book of Threatened and Rare Plant and Animal Species of Czechoslovakia, Vol. 5: Vascular Plants) edited by J. Cerovsky et al. This 453-page book, written in Czech and Slovak (with an English summary), is the fifth and last volume in the series of red data books on the threatened plants and animals of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. 400 taxa are included. This book is available for $67.00 USD / 120.00 DM. Both books are available from Koeltz Scientific Books, PO Box 1360, D-61453 Königstein, Germany; Tel: +49 6174 93720; Fax: +49 6174 937240; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit http://www.koeltz.com.
The Center for Plant Conservation extends an invitation for applicants for the Director position. The position is physically located at the Missouri Botanical Garden, preeminent in discovering and sharing knowledge about plants in the preservation and enrichment of all life. Desirable candidates are those with proven experience in developing and implementing strategic plans in collaboration with others to manage the national network of botanical gardens and arboreta; national collection of endangered plants; and, integrated conservation activities with government agencies, universities and private organizations. Likely candidates possess a solid track record in advocacy and public speaking. Position responsibilities also include demonstrated skill in fund raising and financial management. The selected candidate will manage the work of five professional office staff. Requisite qualifications include a Ph.D. in conservation, biology, botany, environmental policy or public administration, plus seven or more years of managerial responsibility and increasingly responsible experience in relevant field. Success demands a self-motivated professional with demonstrated analytical, problem solving, and decision-making skills, who can independently create, prioritize and execute realistic and workable priorities. Travel is required. Competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package provided. Early response encouraged. Screening begins immediately. Send letter of application, with at least three references, to Missouri Botanical Garden, Human Resource Management, Attention: DCPC, PO Box 299, St. Louis MO 63166.
The National Park Service (NPS) is seeking to improve coral reef conservation within the Pacific Island parks in support of a Presidential Executive Order calling for better protection and management of U.S. coral reef resources. In the next six months, the NPS will hire up to four Professional Coral Reef Specialists in the Pacific West Region. Applicants selected will be required to develop scientifically based programs to inventory, map, monitor and protect coral reefs. This is only a Notice of Intent, not a Vacancy Announcement. Do not send any job applications at this time. The initial network will consist of four park-based coral reef specialists (target grade GS-11) and one science advisor based at a university (GS-13). This group will develop park based natural resource management programs, integrating coral reef conservation with management of a full range of other aquatic and terrestrial resources. Duty stations are projected to be located in Hawaii and Guam. NPS is seeking qualified applicants in the fields of Marine Ecology, Marine Botany, Conservation Biology, Oceanography, or Marine Fisheries. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or American Samoan. If you wish to be notified by surface mail or by email when the coral reef specialist vacancy announcement becomes available, please submit a letter or email of your interest to Coral Reef Outreach c/o National Park Service, Pacific West Region, 600 Harrison St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107-1372; E-mail: email@example.com. Provide an indication of your interest in positions stationed in Guam and Hawaii (islands of Hawaii, Molokai, and Oahu). Again, do not send job applications at this time.
August 11-13. Abstracts and poster proposals are currently being accepted for the 5th annual Texas Society for Ecological Restoration conference to be held in Ft. Davis, Texas. The theme of the conference is "Restoration without Borders." Topics are open to all areas of restoration with a special focus on the following: 1) Arid Lands Restoration, 2) Restoration Education, 3) The Border Region, and 4) Community Initiatives. In keeping with the theme of "Restoration without Borders", presenters from Mexico, New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado are encouraged to submit papers and posters relevant to the themes listed above. Texas SER welcomes relevant abstracts and proposals from all disciplines, backgrounds and experience levels. Electronic submissions are preferred and should be submitted to TXSER@unt.edu. If electronic submission is not possible, hard copies should be mailed or faxed to Texas SER, UNT Box #310559, Denton, TX 76203-0559; Fax: 940-565-4439. For more information please see the Texas SER Web site at http://www.cep.unt.edu/sertex.html or call 940-565-4332.
The publication Bulgaria's Biological Diversity: Conservation Status and Needs Assessment is now available in the Biodiversity Support Program's online library. This two-volume book, originally published in 1998, contains 41 scientific papers and selected maps that summarize the current state of knowledge about Bulgaria's biological resources and their status. The papers were used to develop a national strategy for conserving Bulgaria's biodiversity. To view this publication, go to the BSP publications library at http://www.BSPonline.org/publications/index.html and search under Eastern Europe publications. Related publications from the Eastern Europe program include Conserving Biological Diversity in Bulgaria: The National Biological Diversity Conservation Strategy, available only in hard copy. To order, call BSP at 202-861-8347, or, for more on BSP's work in Bulgaria, visit http://www.bsponline.org/europe/3rd_level/bulgaria.html.
In a special issue, La Garance Voyageuse, a review of popularizing botany, devotes itself to the topic of introduced and invasive plants (French language only). The cap groundsel, small ragweed, the Canadian pondweed, the knotweed, the marine alga Caulerpa taxifolia, are all invasive plants introduced to Europe. Though being reasonable in their home ecosystems, these species behave as opportunists in the lands of introduction. Even though they grow without problems along roadsides and in any highly artificialized land, a few however succeed in colonizing natural habitats, some of them fragile. These biological invasions also have economical consequences. Human activities increase the spread of species: introduction for gardening, unintentional carrying of seeds, plankton shipped in water ballast. These exchanges occur in all directions, and North America has inherited the European Purple Loosestrife, which now invades the damp habitats of the New World. La Garance Voyageuse no48 is available only by mail for 40 FRF. Mail orders to La Garance Voyageuse, F-48370 St Germain de Calberte, France; Tel: + 33 4 66 45 94 10; Fax: +33 4 66 45 91 84; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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