4th Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation – call for applications and nominations

The Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation

Virginia McKennaThe Born Free Foundation, on behalf of the Compassionate Conservation Network, is delighted to announce the opening of applications / nominations for the 4th Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation.

The Born Free Foundation has, at its heart, the interface between animal welfare and conservation, and is keen to promote its agenda of Compassionate Conservation, where the welfare of individual animals is a central consideration in conservation actions.

The Award of US$1000 is made annually by the Born Free Foundation, in consultation with the network of Compassionate Conservation experts, on the basis of nominations or applications submitted for review. The Award is named after the iconic actress and founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE, and is intended to provide support and recognition for researchers, practitioners, organisations and projects that promote and develop the consideration of animal welfare in conservation practice.

Interested parties should submit an overview of their work or project, or the individual or project they would like to nominate, detailing in particular the relevance to both animal welfare and conservation (maximum 1000 words), by 5th December 2015.

Shortlisted applicants may then be asked to complete a more detailed application or provide additional information.

Applications should be submitted in MS Word or equivalent to info@compassionateconservation.org.

Submission is completed on receipt

of a written acknowledgement from the Compassionate Conservation coordinator. The reviewers reserve the right to reject any or all applications, and all decisions on shortlisting and allocation of the award are final.

The Award will be announced by the end of December 2015.

Further details about the Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation, including details of past winners, can be found throughout this site.

Countdown to Compassionate Conservation 2015

International Compassionate Conservation conference at University of British Columbia, 28-31 July 2015

World-renowned scientists and experts from the fields of animal welfare and wildlife conservation are meeting in Vancouver next week to discuss how and why conservation is evolving to adopt a more compassionate approach for the future.

Compassionate Conservation is the term given to an emerging movement that unifies animal welfare science with the theory and practice of conservation. It offers a framework that fully considers individual animals within conservation research, policy and practice. Initiated and developed by the Born Free Foundation in tandem with global experts, the movement is gaining acceptance by conservationists looking for more ethical and sustainable ways to tackle conservation problems and wildlife management issues.

Born Free President, Will Travers OBE, who will be speaking at the conference said: “Compassionate Conservation reflects changes in society, changes that mean when faced with threats to biodiversity, we should no longer intervene with heavy-handed and sometimes cruel methods, to do what we have always done before. Conservation is still evolving and I believe Compassionate Conservation offers a new vision and the possibility of improving conservation outcomes while promoting animal welfare.

This prestigious international conference will examine and challenge conservation methods, whilst exploring the moral and ethical arguments around wildlife conflict mitigation and management.

Dr Daniel Ramp, Director of the Centre for Compassionate Conservation, University of Sydney, Australia, of which Born Free is the International Patron Organisation, said: “As billions of wild animals are killed each year, sometimes in the name of conservation, there is an urgent need to find scientific and compassionate solutions to conflicts that meet society’s demand for the humane treatment of wild animals. This conference will provide an opportunity for leading thinkers and scientists to openly discuss what are often ignored and tabooed subjects. In an age of extinction and declining biodiversity, it is imperative that we find compassionate ways to protect animals and still provide for the more than seven billion people on the planet.

An impressive line-up of more than 30 high-profile speakers will lead the debate and discuss the scientific arguments. Speakers include: Dr Sandra Baker, from the University of Oxford’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, who will be discussing minimising welfare impacts in wildlife management; and Prof. David Fraser, University of British Columbia, who will be examining a “practical ethic” for animals.

Compassionate Conservation 2015 also marks the opening of entries for this year’s Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation. This prestigious award is bestowed by the actress and co-founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE. The award provides support and recognition for researchers, practitioners, organisations and projects that promote and develop the consideration of animal welfare in conservation.

Past winners include Shivani Bhalla, of the Ewaso Lions Project, for her work on human/lion conflict; Prof. Anna Nekaris, of Oxford Brookes University and the Little Fireface Project, for her work on slow loris conservation and welfare; and last year’s winner, the Mad Dog Initiative – a project which aims to deliver conservation benefits to endangered species by humanely controlling domestic and feral dogs in and around Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.

Compassionate Conservation 2015 in Vancouver follows the highly-successful, inaugural Compassionate Conservation symposium, held at the University of Oxford, UK, in 2010 and hosted by Born Free and The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU).

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Compassionate Conservation 2015 – registration OPEN

We are pleased to announce that registration for Compassionate Conservation 2015 is open.

This international conference will be a multidisciplinary event aiming to address animal welfare issues in conservation, examine potential synergies, look for practical outcomes and promote further dialogue between these disciplines; with a view to incorporating the welfare of individual animals alongside other factors in conservation decision making and practice. It follows the highly successful inaugural symposium at the University of Oxford in 2010.

Confirmed speakers include Prof. David Fraser (University of British Columbia), Dr. Daniel Ramp (University of Technology Sydney), Will Travers OBE (Born Free Foundation), Dr. Paul Paquet (University of Victoria / Raincoast Conservation Foundation) and Prof. Marc Bekoff (University of Colorado, Boulder).

The conference is sponsored and coordinated by the Born Free Foundation and the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology, Sydney; and hosted by the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia.

 

DATE

28-31 July 2015

 

VENUE

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

 

REGISTRATION

EARLY REGISTRATION AVAILABLE UNTIL 31st MARCH 2015

Early Full registration: £130 / $249 CAD

Early Student / retired registration: £100 / $190 CAD (proof of status will be required)

Includes:

–          Welcome reception, including drinks and snacks, on 28th July

–          Lunch and morning / afternoon refreshments during conference, 29th-31st July

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Please note – Registrations will be handled via the Born Free Foundation’s online shop system.

To register, please visit: https://give.bornfree.org.uk/products/compassionate-conservation-2015—registration-799

Once your payment is processed, we will contact you to confirm your name, affiliation etc.

 

ACCOMMODATION

Please note – Registration does NOT include accommodation.

Discounted accommodation may be booked on the UBC campus using the following link: http://bit.ly/1v0LDhp

In order to cater for all budgets, there is a choice of suites or economical rooms in shared apartments. All accommodation options booked via the link above are within walking distance of the conference venue and include breakfast.

Please ensure that you apply Group Code G150804A

 

Abstract submission

Details on how to submit an abstract for presentation are available here. Deadline for abstract submission is 27 February 2015.

 

Contact

Chris Draper, Born Free Foundation – E: chris@bornfree.org.uk; +44(0)1403 240170

info@compassionateconservation.org

Compassionate Conservation 2015 – Call for Abstracts

The sponsors, hosts and organisers are pleased to announce the call for abstracts for Compassionate Conservation 2015, to take place at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, 28-31 July 2015.

The conference will be a multidisciplinary event aiming to address animal welfare issues in conservation, examine potential synergies, look for practical outcomes and promote further dialogue between these disciplines. It follows the highly successful inaugural symposium at the University of Oxford in 2010.

Submissions are welcomed on science, law, policy, and ethics relating to the interface between animal welfare and conservation.

 

Abstract Submission Instructions

Abstracts should be submitted in MS Word, attached to an email.

1. Please indicate TALK or POSTER

2. TITLE OF PAPER (in CAPITALS)

3. Author name(s): Surname, Initial(s) – please indicate main / presenting author with an *.

4. Author affiliation(s): Institution/University, City, Country – use superscript numbers to indicate affiliations for each author.

e.g. Adams, A1*, Brown, B2 & Carter, C3

5. Email address for main / presenting author

Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed 400 words (excluding title and authors’ details).

No reference(s) should be included. No graphs or tables should be included. We strongly advise you to highlight the relevance of your presentation to both animal welfare and conservation.

Please submit the abstract by email to info@compassionateconservation.org by Friday 27th February 2015.

Where possible, your preference for Talk or Poster will be accommodated, but we reserve the right to offer a Poster slot if a Talk slot is not available.

Decisions on acceptance will be made by the end of March 2015.

Registration for the conference will open in February.

Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation: Commendations

In addition to the recent winners of the Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation – the Mad Dog Initiative – we are pleased to recognise the work of two further nominees.

Dr. Sandra Baker is the Humane Society Research Fellow and a member of the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) at the University of Oxford. Her primary research interests relate to the welfare of wild vertebrates, including human-wildlife conflict, wildlife management and wildlife trade issues. Her current research focuses on the animal welfare impact of vertebrate management methods, including applying and developing a model to examine the impacts of both lethal and non-lethal methods, and to identify ways of reducing these.

Belinda Low Mackey is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Grevy’s Zebra Trust, whose mission is to conserve the endangered Grevy’s zebra and its fragile habitat in partnership with communities. The Trust is committed to showing respect and compassion for wildlife, the environment, and the people who live there. In addition to its conservation and community work, the Trust has established a mud rescue patrol team that is deployed during months at risk of floods. They have since rescued 9 more Grevy’s zebra, 1 gerenuk, 2 ostrich and 3 warthogs.

The judging panel for the Award is pleased to recognise their work.