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A community program

The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (ICUN) has proposed conservation measures to promote the survival of endangered and threatened species. (Endangered species are close to disappearing; threatened species are likely to become endangered). These measures, called "Action Treatment", are included here in order for you to determine if any would be possible for you to undertake as part of a community conservation program.

Action Treatment

1. Fact-finding:

(1) To make a brief status survey to determine the status of the species and the current threats to its survival;

(2) To make a longer ecological study to identify the species' requirements, the factors limiting its population growth, and the relationship between the species and local human population;

(3) To ascertain the legal and enforcement situation.

2. Action proposed:


(a) To prompt new legislation;
(b) To improve law enforcement;
(c) To improve the legal situation in any other way

(2) To acquire land as a reserve;

(3) To promote the formation by a Government or other appropriate agency of

(a) A National Park;
(b) A Nature Preserve.

(4) To establish the research station to study the fauna, flora and ecology of the region;

(5) To establish a research foundation possibly within an existing organization (such as a university) which will focus scientific attention on the species concerned;

(6) To create a continuing scientific presence by any other means;

(7) To promote a program of

(a) Captive propagation;
(b) Translocation.

(8) To offer bounties for successful rearing of young (chiefly applicable to birds).

(9) To control:

(a) Feral animal species;
(b) Introduced animal species.

(10) To increase food supply or living space.

3. Use of influence:

(1) To exert influence by persuading someone of importance to write:

(a) A personal letter;
(b) An official letter.

(2) To send a high level mission to confer with the heads of Governments or Ministers concerned;

(3) To promote a local meeting on the subject;

(4) To promote a resolution or recommendation at a Conference;

(5) To secure recognition in high places by some other means.

4. Publicity:

(1) To promote a publicity campaign;

(2) To propose the adoption by a group (e.g. city, school) of:

(a) The species;
(b) The project.

(3) To promote a program of long-term education.

5. Funding:

(1) To promote a World Wildlife Fund project;

(2) To seek financial aid from an individual or organization which may be linked with the species or project;

(3) To get help in kind from industry or commerce;

(4) To obtain the services of people able to give practical help.

From the
Red Data Book of the
International Union for
Conservation of Nature and
Natural Resources