Tapir Specialist Group Action Plan
What are Action Plans? Each
of the 120 IUCN Specialist Groups is encouraged to prepare and
publish a species Action Plan for their respective species. These
plans identify the actions necessary for the survival of species.
Action plans are designed to promote conservation action financially,
technically, or logistically, influencing key players in the
local, national, regional, and global levels. They provide a
common framework for a range of players from decision-makers
at the governmental level, to those who will implement the conservation
actions on the ground. Scientists, resource managers, agency
officials, funding organizations, universities, zoos, and political
leaders utilize them when deciding how to allocate available
resources. Action plans are also “snapshots in time”,
providing a baseline set of data and information against which
to measure change and monitor progress, indicating where changes
of emphasis or direction may be needed to conserve the species.
Further, they identify gaps in species research and policy and
give direction for future endeavors on what data and knowledge
are needed most.
How was the Tapir Action Plan
the First International Tapir Symposium held in Costa Rica, in
November 2001, participants agreed that the revision and updating
of the first version of the IUCN/SSC
Tapir Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan (see below, edited by
Daniel Brooks, Richard Bodmer and Sharon Matola in 1997) should
be one of the priority goals for the TSG. An Action Planning Committee
was formed and decided that Population and Habitat Viability Assessment
(PHVA) methodology, within the framework of the IUCN/SSC Conservation
Breeding Specialist Group, would be appropriate for listing and
prioritizing actions for the conservation of the four tapir species
and their habitats. These priority lists make up the new Action
Plan. And here they are!
Without the funding
and institutional support of many conservation organizations worldwide, none of
this would have been possible. Please see each PHVA report page
for a full list of support organizations.
Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan
Editors: Daniel M. Brooks, Richard E. Bodmer, and Sharon Matola
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