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The overall goal of the Arcus Great Ape Program (GAP) is to achieve conservation and respect for great apes and gibbons. The foundation tracks and assesses the progress and effects of the Great Ape Program through a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) system that enables it to gather and analyze data from a variety of sources—grantees, conservationists in the field and in academic research settings, and relevant databases—to measure progress along specific indicators and milestones to assess the status of goals, outcomes, and targets. The 2016 Monitoring and Evaluation report presents the program's progress against baselines set in 2010;highlights important issues that will inform and shape broader strategy of GAP; and provides a indication of impact since the previous 2013 evaluation and 2010 baselines.
Final Evaluation: M7 - Enhancing the Protection and Conservation of Marine Turtle Nesting Sites in the Mediterranean 2017-2022November 17, 2022
Endangered populations of loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) marine turtles in the Mediterranean are recovering, thanks to decades of devoted conservation work at nesting sites. Nevertheless, marine turtles still face persistent threats throughout the region - from tourism, coastal infrastructure development, illegal and accidental capture, and climate change. The survival of these migratory species and their important coastal and marine habitats depends on continued intervention, especially international collaboration with shared protocols and joint conservation activities.Since 2017, a coalition of ten key partners throughout the Mediterranean have worked to ensure the protection of marine turtle populations and habitats by protecting priority breeding sites and reducing mortality related to human activity in and around those sites.
The Cabo Verde archipelago is known over the world as a seabird hotspot. Despite this, seabird populations have declined severely, often because of direct capture, leading to local extinction in some islands and islets, and the complete extinction of the Frigatebird. This situation, together with scarcity of information on seabird conservation status and the threats they face, as well as low public awareness and engagement in the archipelago, inspired us to create an action plan for the conservation of seabirds in Cabo Verde.Together, we sought to build a solid understanding of the ecology of seabird species while identifying and mitigating threats, both on land and at sea. In addition, we wanted to enable and promote the participation of local technicians in seabird monitoring, increase research capacity, raise awareness across the country, and improve the existing legal framework for the protection of species and relevant sites.
West Africa, home to one of the world's largest populations of loggerhead as well as green turtles, is a region of global importance for sea turtle conservation. Cape Verde is the world's primary breeding ground for loggerhead turtles, while the Bijagós Archipelago in Guinea-Bissau and the Banc d'Arguin in Mauritania are respectively the most important breeding and feeding sites for green turtles.Sea turtle populations face significant threats. These include illegal and accidental capture, egg harvesting, habitat degradation, pollution, climate change impacts (e.g., coastal erosion, floods, rising temperatures), unregulated commercial and industrial activities (e.g., tourism, sand extraction, coastal infrastructure development, etc.), and over-predation.Together, our partners in Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritania worked to define conservation priorities and ensure the protection of sea turtle populations and habitats in West Africa.
Final Evaluation: M7 Birds - Reducing Mortality of Migratory Birds and Vultures in the Mediterranean 2016-2022September 28, 2022
Human-induced mortality is one of the primary causes of population decline amongst migratory and soaring birds in the Mediterranean. An alarming 12-37 million birds are illegally shot, trapped, or poisoned across the region annually, while electrocution and collision with energy infrastructure is a significant factor in the decline of threatened birds such as the Egyptian vulture and Bonelli's eagle.Individual organisations have worked locally on these issues for years but through this programme, a coalition of 31 organisations from 22 countries has come to address conservation challenges collectively for the first time, together delivering three distinct projects on illegal killing, poisoning, and electrocution and collision with energy infrastructure.
The impact of European Union Common Agricultural Policy on the intensification of animal farming in Bulgaria, Romania, and the countries that have signed association agreements with the EUJanuary 31, 2021
*Animal farming has intensified in Bulgaria and Romania (both are middle-income countries) in recent years. Many more animals are now reared in large farms that use intensive production practices, while the number of small farms have dwindled.*This report/Guidance Memo charts the significant shift toward intensification, and explains why its key driver is the EU Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). CAP payments and subsidies and their unequal distribution to recipients have triggered deep structural changes in the animal agriculture sector in the EU, chief of which is the livestock industry taking advantage of the favorable climate and generous handouts to intensify production.*At the same time EU animal welfare regulations are not robustly enforced and not comprehensive enough to protect all farm animals. Consumers in the EU, however, are strongly in favor of better treatment of farm animals.
Food and culture in Argentina: Perceptions of plant-based diets, stigmatization of veganism and current challenges of activism to reduce (and end) animal consumptionApril 20, 2020
HIGHLIGHTS: *Shines a bright light on several fundamental cultural drivers of meat consumption in Argentina: 1) Powerful belief system in favor of eating meat. 2) Deep stigmatization of veganism. 3) Pervasive narratives and behavior justifying meat-eating that most people consider as "common sense" and which are sustained by institutions (e.g. healthcare, legal, education systems). *Suggests a range of practical measures to tackle challenges faced by those seeking to reduce and end consumption of animal-based food in that country (e.g. influence school curricula and train teachers, professionalize the vegan activist community).
HIGHLIGHTS: *This report or Guidance Memo is aimed at supporting cage-free egg production operations in China. It provides information regarding international best practices in relation to farm productivity and animal welfare in the context of the Chinese egg industry. *Collaborating and in consultation with local Chinese producers and animal welfare experts, and based on her surveys of cage-free farms in China, the author of this Guidance Memo offers practical information for key housing and management issues, including: Disease management; egg production; the provision of an appropriate environment; maintaining normal hen behaviors and avoiding mortality; humane killing on farm. *There is an emphasis on the importance in understanding, training and investment in key management aspects, particularly the prevention and control of severe feather pecking and infectious diseases in order to maintain a healthy flock and operate a successful and profitable production business. *This report shows compellingly that improving cage-free layer hen welfare in China is quite feasible and such improvement is hugely beneficial for producers and layer hens. Higher welfare cage-free systems are indeed increasing in China even though the vast majority of eggs in China are still produced in facilities with cages. *A Chinese translation of this Guidance Memo is available in late 2020.
Keywords: GHG emissions. Industrial-scale food animal production. Extensive animal agriculture systems. Highlights of this report or guidance memo: *Scientific literature on greenhouse gas emissions of various forms of animal agriculture systems are synthesized. *Explains the complexities of models used to generate estimates of GHGs in these scientific literature, and the reasons why they are not very robust and they contain errors that often go unreported. *Points out that high-quality measurements that do exist consistently demonstrate that industrial animal agriculture's emissions are actually higher than typically estimated. Therefore the claim held by many experts and policy-makers that intensifying animal agriculture significantly limits global GHG emissions is unjustified. *Cautions about not jumping to the conclusion that extensive, pastoral systems is the perfect answer.
Cattle and the Climate: Why Industrial Production Is Not The Solution To Emissions From Beef And Dairy FarmsDecember 12, 2019
KEYWORDS: Beef and dairy production systems. GHG emissions. Literature review. Science-based communication. HIGHLIGHTS: *Provides user-friendly explanation of basic concepts and terminology as well as summaries of current scientific thinking related to GHG emissions of different beef and dairy production systems around the world. The aim is to give those concerned about the negative impacts of industrial animal agriculture a clear understanding of these complex and confusing issues, and to supply them with a solid foundation on which to build their case against industrializing cattle production in low- and middle-income countries. For example, it explains the difference between "intensification" and "industrialization", and why understanding the difference is critically important. *Provides key points that are useful in countering certain prevalent claims in favor of industrialization. (One such claim is that industrialization is essential in order to reduce GHG emission because non-industrial systems generate too much greenhouse gases and do not produce enough meat and dairy to meet global demands). For example, it points out that: Animals from smallholder systems – especially those in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) – often perform many more functions than cattle on industrial farms, and this complicates the way in which emissions are divided between ("allocated to") multiple products from a farm. And farms in LMICs that have low climate footprints already exist, and it is quite possible to bring more on board.
Thriving Together: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and Increasing Well-Being for Animals and PeopleNovember 18, 2018
Perhaps the most widely accepted framework for community development and human well-being today is the United Nations' 2030 agenda, more commonly known as the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Agreed to by all 193 member states of the UN, the goals outline international priorities to achieve sustainable human development. As the preeminent guidance on human development, these goals inform the policies of governments, non-governmental organizations, and the UN system. While the SDGs are certainly more comprehensive than purely economic measures of progress such as the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), they place limited emphasis on the value of the natural world. Despite this, animals and their habitats are interwoven in the fate of human development. All species, big and small, imperiled and ubiquitous, have an important role to play in building a healthy, prosperous, and sustainable future for humans. This report will examine these connections and the value of animal welfare and habitat conservation in achieving each sustainable development goal. As we will see, effective animal welfare and conservation can contribute significantly to the achievement of these goals, and promoting animal welfare provides an important avenue to improve both human and animal lives. IFAW seeks to enhance awareness of the connections between animal welfare, conservation, and human development to inspire greater collaboration through which to achieve a shared goal of improving conditions for all species and the planet.
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