IUCN/SSC- Crocodile Specialist Group


Regional Meeting, Belize 2019

June 26-29, 2019 : Regional Conservation Through Collaboration
June 26-29, 2019

The Placencia Hotel

Belize, CA

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Regional Conservation Through Collaboration


At the CSG’s 24th Working Meeting held in Skukuza, South Africa (2016), and 25 th WorkingMeeting in Santa Fe, Argentina (2018), Latin America and the Caribbean was recognised as a priority area with regard to crocodile conservation, particularly given the lack of available information and threats associated with habitat loss. 


There is an urgent need to identify local wildlife champions who can lead crocodile research and management in the sub-region, and help to build a robust network of stakeholders to ensure regional conservation of crocodilians and their habitat. 


The theme for the CSG’s sub-regional meeting is “Fostering Regional Conservation through Collaboration”. The meeting aims to bring together and provide networking, collaboration and support opportunities for key stakeholders and experts. The meeting will showcase current knowledge on topics such as crocodilian management (i.e. human-crocodile conflict, scientific research, population survey techniques, habitat monitoring), sustainable use, and policy within the sub-region that will not only be beneficial for regional crocodilian conservation, but also for long-term management of biodiversity within crocodilian habitat.




With a focus on regional conservation of crocodilians through collaboration, this event will feature 4 keynote speakers addressing past and present regional conservation and management concerns of crocodilians and their habitat.



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Our Green Initiative

As global citizens, we should continually and increasingly strive to reduce our carbon footprint, ultimately aiming to be carbon neutral in our day-to-day lives. Until we are able to successfully and practically get to that desired outcome, we can still mitigate our greenhouse gas emissions through a strategy which represents the reduction of CO2 in one location to offset the CO2 produced in another location. By measuring the CO2 emissions from our conference we will be able to offset those emissions through a hardwood and mangrove reforestation project here in Belize, understanding that these projects fight climate change by sequestering CO2 emissions from the atmosphere in trees and soil and which will also have many co-benefits for the community and local wildlife.

Under the direction of David Hilmy, Chief Science Officer for the KEEP (who are the Conservation Managers for the 14,000 acre Sittee River Wildlife Reserve located less that 25 miles from our conference venue) the KEEP has undertaken to offset the entirety of our conference CO2 emissions through tropical hardwood and red mangrove planting projects. We can accurately measure the emissions from transportation, accommodation, and meal provision, to arrive at a total number of trees that will need to be planted. Each participant to this conference will be asked to contribute their personal numbers for airline miles, in-country commute miles, and accommodation type, while the organizers will add the appropriate numbers for energy use at the conference venue itself, and for drinking water and meals. That eventual total for all participants can be translated into the total number of trees and mangrove that will need to be planted to offset our overall footprint!”



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