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

a Tiger Journal.com continues its three-part interview series with Jean-Christophe Vié, Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species, publishing Part 3 of Saving Threatened Species From Extinction.

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

I think we are going to lose a lot of species that will go extinct because of pressure. But I also think something will change. Because the world, the way it is now, is in a period of crisis.

Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) May 23, 2013

a Tiger Journal.com continues its three-part interview series with Jean-Christophe Vié, Director of IUCN’s Global Species Programme and Director of SOS - Save Our Species, publishing Part 3 of Saving Threatened Species From Extinction.

In his interview with a Tiger Journal.com, Vié talks about possible what it takes to work with wildlife and species facing extinction.

“What I have realized is if you want to work with wildlife, you need a few things,” says Vié. “You need to be committed, you need to work hard. You need to be persistent. You need a little bit of luck. You need to be in the right place at the right moment. And importantly, you need to take risks.”

Vié adds, “And sometimes the risk is just sometimes to leave your comfort and move to a country short of human capacity, accept to live in remote areas, sometimes under tough conditions and limited budgets. Your friends may make much more money working with business, maybe indirectly contributing to the destruction of nature rather than saving it, and these can be tough things to deal with. But having the passion balances things out.”

In the interview with a Tiger Journal, Vié also talks about both his ‘optimism’ and ‘pessimism’ when it comes to the fate of species facing extinction.

“I think we are going to lose a lot of species that will go extinct because of pressure,” says Vié. “But I also think something will change. Because the world, the way it is now, is in a period of crisis. People portray this as a financial or economic crisis. But I think it is much deeper than that.”

Go to a Tiger Journal for Part 3 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.

Go to a Tiger Journal for Part 3 of the interview with Jean-Christophe Vié on Saving Threatened Species From Extinction.
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