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.

Virginia McKenna presents Zoavina Randriana from the Mad Dog Initiative with the award

Project Integrating Biodiversity Conservation and Dog Welfare in Madagascar Wins 3rd Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation

We are delighted to announce that the 3rd Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation has been awarded to the Mad Dog Initiative, a project aiming to protect Madagascar’s rare and endemic wildlife through a targeted, compassionate program to control domestic and feral dogs in and around Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar.

Virginia McKenna presents Zoavina Randriana from the Mad Dog Initiative with the award

Virginia McKenna presents Zoavina Randriana from the Mad Dog Initiative with the award

The ultimate goal of the project is to understand and diminish the threat posed to endemic wildlife from domestic and feral dogs within rainforest habitat, employing spaying/neutering, vaccination and adoption programs for feral dogs, alongside wildlife monitoring, and extensive survey and educational programmes. The project will have wide-ranging impacts on conservation while also promoting and developing animal welfare across this biodiversity hotspot, benefitting wild animals such as carnivores, lemurs, and small mammals, the welfare of feral dogs, and the conservation and governmental organizations working towards wildlife conservation and improving the livelihoods of local people across this region.

Virginia McKenna OBE, founder of the Born Free Foundation, who met with Zoavina Randriana from the Mad Dog Initiative to present the Award, said: “I am so pleased that the Mad Dog Initiative has won this award.  It embodies so much of what we regard as central to Compassionate Conservation. What I particularly admire about this project is that it is inclusive.  It benefits wild animals, domestic dogs and people, and I hope will be an inspiration for others to follow.”

The award, sponsored by the Born Free Foundation, 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. Previous recipients of the award include Shivani Bhalla, of the Ewaso Lions Project for her work on human / lion conflict and Prof. Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University and the Little Fireface Project for her work on slow loris conservation and welfare.

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.

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Save the Date: Compassionate Conservation 2015, UBC, Vancouver, Canada – 28-31 July 2015

We are delighted to announce the dates for Compassionate Conservation 2015 – an international conference on animal welfare in conservation, on behalf of the Born Free Foundation and the Centre for Compassionate Conservation at the University of Technology, Sydney. The conference will be hosted by the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia.

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.

Date, Venue

Sponsored by

 

 


Hosted by

 

28-31 July 2015, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

Born Free Foundation, UK
(www.bornfree.org.uk)

Centre for Compassionate Conservation, UTS, Australia –  (www.compassionateconservation.uts.edu.au)

 

Animal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia, Canada

(http://awp.landfood.ubc.ca/)

Expressions of interest may be sent to info@compassionateconservation.org

2nd Virginia McKenna Award

Slow Loris Champion Wins 2nd Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation

We are delighted to announce that Professor Anna Nekaris of Oxford Brookes University and the Little Fireface Project(www.nocturama.org) has been awarded the 2nd Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation.

Prof. Nekaris was selected to receive the award for her work in exposing the cruel and destructive trade in slow lorises as pets in South East Asia, and for raising awareness of the plight of these secretive and fascinating animals through academia, the media and field work.

The Little Fireface Project (LFP) began officially in December 2011, building on work carried out by the Nocturnal Primate Research Group at Oxford Brookes since 1993. In response to a burgeoning demand for illegally traded wild slow lorises as pets, fuelled by YouTube videos, LFP launched a formal programme to halt this trade. The Project initiated the first long-term field study of Javan slow lorises, providing vital data to rescue centres to improve success of reintroduction of ex-pet trade victims. It provides training materials and workshops on taxonomy, helping to reduce reintroduction of non-native loris species; conducts market surveys and reports illegal loris sales to authorities; operates a community-based conservation project in Garut, with conservation education and training schemes for trackers, enforcement officers and students; provides alternative incomes to villagers producing loris handicrafts; and actively uses social media to promote its activities, resulting in the removal of the ‘notorious’ Tickling Slow Loris video from wired.com in 2012.

Virginia McKenna OBE, founder of the Born Free Foundation, who met with Prof. Nekaris in Oxford to present the Award, said “I am so delighted that Anna has won this award. I think her work has brought international attention to this little-understood species and her commitment to the individuals she encounters is exactly what Compassionate Conservation is all about.”

The award, sponsored by the Born Free Foundation, 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.

Prof. Nekaris intends to use the Award funding to produce an information book in Bahasa Indonesia to educate and empower local people to save slow lorises.

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.

 

Compassionate Conservation Workshop

Compassionate Conservation Workshop, London 29-30th November 2012

On 29-30th Nov 2012, an invited group of international experts and practitioners in animal welfare and conservation met at the Royal Geographical Society in London to further develop a practical framework for Compassionate Conservation. The meeting was coordinated by the Born Free Foundation and followed on from the hugely successful Compassionate Conservation Symposium, held at the University of Oxford in 2010. The meeting involved consideration of decision-making in conservation, the role of legislation and the tensions between animal welfare, animal rights and conservation theory and practice. The meeting participants have agreed to work together over the coming months to create, as far as possible, the basis for an effective and useful framework to guide future decisions and actions taken in the name of conservation, and to ensure that animal welfare is given greater consideration as a key component in conservation. This exciting work is ongoing.

Virginia McKenna Award

First Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation Announced

Heartfelt congratulations to Shivani Bhalla of the Ewaso Lions Project on being awarded the first Virginia McKenna Award for Compassionate Conservation! The award, sponsored by the Born Free Foundation, 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. Shivani was selected to receive the award for her work with local communities to conserve lions and other large carnivores in northern Kenya by reducing conflict and helping them understand the importance of lions and other wildlife.