At its 2004 annual meeting in Miami, the ATBC Executive Council approved a proposal to form an ATBC Conservation Committee (CC). To forward information about important conservation issues, or to submit a request to be formally appointed to this committee, please contact the Chair of the CC José Fragoso.
Goals and mission
To foster the achievement of these goals, the ATBC Council has also adopted a new structure for the CC. Starting in July of 2012, the CC will be composed of 8 voting members: 6 members selected through nomination and election from our society at large, and 2 members selected from the current council members. We hope to balance the 6 members from ATBC at large based on three geographic regions of the ATBC membership: Afrotropics, Neotropics, and Asia/Pacific. The chair of the CC will be selected by the 8 voting members. All CC members will serve for a period of three years.
We request that you nominate individuals who are knowledgeable, motivated, able and willing to contribute to identifying, disseminating and contributing to the actions needed to achieve conservation goals. Self-nominations are also sought. The position requires individuals who can dedicate considerable time and energy to these efforts. A vital point—and one that will come up frequently—is how to deal with time-critical issues. These issues require rapid responses for impact to occur and goals to be achieved. For this reason, it is critical that ATBC members serving on the CC make conservation issues a priority. Please send nominations to José Fragoso, with copies to María Uriarte, Claudia Romero and Pierre Michel Forget no later than May 20, 2012. After nominations are compiled, we will hold a meeting of all potential members at the ATBC meeting in Bonito, date and time TBD. Final membership in the CC will be determined at this meeting.
Thanks for your participation,
April 27, 2012. Dear ATBC members and councilors, as many of you will remember, ATBC added a conservation goal to its mission in 2004-5 and created a Conservation Committee (CC) consisting of 21 ATBC members. This historical decision coupled with the dedication of the committee members lead to our society achieving great successes in the conservation arena. The first 8 years of the CC activities was also a grand learning experience for ATBC. During this period we learned how to effectively coordinate resolutions, how to mobilize our membership to make meaningful and timely conservation statements, and confirmed that our annual meetings are an excellent forum for discussing conservation declarations. We also learned how sensitive some of these conservation and related policy issues can be for many of our members, our local meeting hosts, councillors and officers.
We owe William Laurence (Photo : Bill Laurance, Chair of the Conservation Comittee at ATBC2010, Bali, Indonesia. © ATBC 2010) and José Fragoso, as co-chairs of the CC and the other 19 other members of the CC sincere thanks for their insights and efforts at highlighting some of the most pressing environmental debates that faced tropical regions for almost a decade. This group led our society to making key declarations, and engaging in key activities. Our CC was exceptionally accomplished at ensuring that issues and activities were highlighted by journalists and the media. Since the creation of the CC, our society’s membership and geographic reach has increased dramatically. This expansion has lead to the identification of new types of conservation issues and a need for new approaches to achieve conservation objectives. For these reasons the ATBC council reformulated our approach to addressing conservation issues.