Endangered Earth Journal.com Features Part 3 of a Three-Part Interview Series with Jean-Christophe Vié, Director of SOS – Save Our Species, on May 22, 2013

Endangered Earth Journal.com has published Part 3 of a three-part interview series with Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species.

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Jean-Christophe Vié, Deputy Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species - photo by Michel Gunther

I’ve been fascinated with animals since my childhood. I was just fascinated by them. So I knew early on I wanted to work with wildlife.

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

Endangered Earth Journal.com has posted Part 3, 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.

In the interview, Vié talks about why he became interested in working with animals and conservation.

“I’ve been fascinated with animals since my childhood,” says Vié. “I was just fascinated by them. So I knew early on I wanted to work with wildlife. And at the time, I would just see things on TV in black and white which inspired me. So I said to myself, “if I want to work with wildlife, then I have to be a vet."

“So I became a vet, but I was not satisfied,” he says. “So I trained to be a wildlife veterinarian specializing in working with primates. That’s where I started to be involved in nature and where I started becoming aware what was going on with threatened species and so forth.”

Vié also talks about what ‘individuals’ can do to help species in danger of extinction.

“You have to explain to people how it relates to their daily life,” he says. “We have an impact on nature and we know that. Many things you do has an impact on nature. We use paper, we use wood, we use water and we drive so we impact nature. We also need food every day and we are more numerous on the planet every day and we all want more of everything. And all these things we do daily are the main indirect drivers of biodiversity loss; of species loss. So what we need is to minimize these impacts. And there are many things that can be done by each individual.”

Go to Endangered Earth Journal.com for Part 3 of the interview with Jean-Christophe Vié.

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.

Go to Endangered Earth Journal.com for Part 3 of the interview with Jean-Christophe Vié.

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