The leading cause of species extinction is habitat destruction, and whether we like it or not, man-made impacts. Jean-Christophe Vié.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 20, 2013
Endangered Earth Journal.com has posted Part 2, of a three-part, 4,000 word interview, with Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species on Saving Threatened Species From Extinction.
In the interview, Vié talks about the leading cause of species extinction.
“The leading cause of species extinction is habitat destruction, and whether we like it or not, man-made impacts,” says Vié. “It could be forest destruction, or it could be dam building where you completely destroy the rivers and the habitats in the rivers. It could be coastal building where you basically destroy the mangroves and coral reefs.”
Vié also talks about possible solutions for saving threatened species.
“The most promising solution is for all governments to say “we need to do it”; for them to say “we need to stop biodiversity loss,” says Vié. “And governments are starting to say this and that is good. But it needs to be implemented and mainstreamed in all sectors of the economy. People need to realize that to make the economy work, nature is part of the solution; we need fish to make the fisheries work. Nature is also of paramount importance for food security for the population.”
But Vié tempers his enthusiasm for ‘governments as a solution’ with a bit of reality.
“Now whether governments mean it or not when they say it, that is a different question,” he says.
Go to Endangered Earth Journal.com for Part 2 of the interview with Jean-Christophe Vié, on Saving Threatened Species from Extinction.
About SOS – Save Our Species (SOS):
SOS is a global coalition initiated by the three founding partners the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank, to build the biggest species conservation fund, supporting on-the-ground field conservation projects all over the world.
According to Vié, the goal of SOS is to combine resources and funding experience from the World Bank and GEF, with the authoritative science of IUCN and the resources and ingenuity of the private sector, to create a mechanism that ensures sufficient funding goes to species conservation projects where, and when, it will have the most impact.
About Jean-Christophe Vié:
Vié joined the IUCN Global Species Programme in 2001 as its Deputy Director. He oversees many diverse aspects of the Programme, including regional and global biodiversity assessments and the Red List of Threatened Species, the assessment of climate change impact on biodiversity.
The IUCN inputs to several international agreements and supporting the extraordinary Species Survival Commission (SSC) network where the bulk of expertise about species resides. He also started developing SOS at the end of 2008 and became its Director when the initiative was launched at the end of 2010.
Vié’s involvement with IUCN started more than 20 years ago when he was invited to join the SSC. In early 2000, he joined the IUCN West Africa Regional Office where he was in charge of coordinating all aspects of the IUCN programme in Guinea Bissau including, among others, protected areas design and management, coastal zone management, local fisheries, public awareness, species conservation, capacity building and micro credit.
Vié has extensive field experience in various parts of the world including various parts of Africa, South America, Saudi Arabia and the USA where he spent 15 years overall. He started his career as a wildlife veterinarian with a main interest in primates. He also worked on the reintroduction of Arabian Oryx and subsequently designed projects covering a wide variety of Neotropical species such as marine turtles, manatees, giant otters, black caimans, primates and snakes.
Vié designed, and then directed, a large project aiming at monitoring the impacts of a dam on wildlife in a pristine area of tropical forest. He was also heavily involved in the design and management of protected areas, as well as public awareness campaign.
This led Vié to interact with a variety of stakeholders such as indigenous communities, local governments and administrations, logging companies, hunters, dam builders, fisheries and the private sector in general. He then completed a PhD in ecology and, while keeping a strong interest in species and site based conservation, he moved to more general conservation issues first regionally and then globally.
Part 3 of the interview with Jean-Christophe Vié , on Saving Threatened Species From Extinction, will be published in Endangered Earth Journal.com on Thursday, May 23, 2013.
Endangered Earth Journal.com was created by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff in an effort to promote the plight of endangered species and the efforts to save them.