January 2013

2013 African Rhino Specialist Group meeting


The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC)’s African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG), formed in 1991, is the most internationally recognized and politically acceptable mechanism for providing the required strategic and technical direction, as well as the capacity building required for effective rhino conservation. Its biennial meetings aim to ensure that the most up-to-date strategies, programmes and techniques available for effective rhino conservation are shared, discussed and documented.

The AfRSG meetings also provide the best opportunity to review and collate continental rhino statistics. These data contribute significantly to assisting the AfRSG with its mandate from CITES parties to prepare a joint report (together with the IUCN SSC AsRSG and TRAFFIC) on the status of the rhino and trade for the CITES Secretariat for consideration at CoPs. Results from these data can also be used to inform the CITES Standing Committee.

Funding for this meeting is being provided by Save the Rhino International, USFWS Rhino and Tiger Conservation Fund, WWF-SA, Defra, Ol Pejeta Conservancy and participants' own organizations.

Save the Rhino is providing additional support by handling all the logistics for the meeting and producing the resulting proceedings.

A formal IUCN press release, with African rhino numbers as at 31 December 2012, will be issued after the meeting.


UPDATE: See how the meeting went!