Saving Endangered Species

jaguarLast year at this time (Endangered Species Day) I once again started my journal on endangered species (and tigers) with a great deal of enthusiasm and clarity of direction. Well, that lasted about six months with not very many posts.

The strategy I had embarked on at the time was to have individuals, well versed in the issue of endangered species (and tigers), respond to interview questions I sent out, with the goal of presenting their response in my journals.

I thought the diverse perspectives of, and unique approaches to, the issue of saving endangered species would make for very interesting reading and would certainly help educate readers about the endangered species issue.

And while there was a great deal of enthusiasm from those I sent my interviews to, the follow up responses did not quite match the enthusiasm initially shown. And, it also became apparent that the time it took to follow up on interview requests took a much more time than anticipated; which of course created its own set of issues.

This was true of both the Endangered Earth Journal and a Tiger Journal.

So simply put, it turned out my new strategy was not a sustainable, or practical strategy.

However, having said that, there were those who did participate by responding to my questionnaire, and I can only be grateful for their generosity of time and effort. I have posted their interviews and I do think they add a great deal of insight to the endangered species issue.

And having said that, regardless the short fall of responses to my questionnaires, what this effort did show was that my strategy had not quite been refined enough.

“Back to the drawing board” as they say.

So, after spending the last six months working to get a better understanding of the endangered species issue, and exploring a better strategy how to approach it, I have now created a new strategy for my exploration of the endangered species issue.

This strategy centers on understanding the workings of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Considering the IUCN is the oldest and largest conservation organization in the world, with over 800 NGO partners and around 150 Specialists Groups (SG), this is really no small task. However, I am convinced that by having a firm grasp of the efforts of the IUCN and its partner groups, I will have a firm grasp of the world of endangered species; specifically their plight, and the efforts to save them.

And to start, I am focusing on the SOS – Save Our Species programme.

SOS – Save Our Species (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.

SOS has, over the last few years, funded around 50 projects to help save threatened species (vulnerable, endangered and critically endangered). I have already published a few press releases about the SOS projects, and I plan to publish even more press releases about their efforts over the next few months.

But let’s not get lost in the details.

To start my new strategy (and back to the beginning of this entry and Endangered Species Day), I will be publishing a three part, four thousand word interview, with Jean-Christophe Vié, the Director of SOS – Save Our Species, starting on Endangered Species Day May 17, 2013.

I am very grateful for Jean-Christophe for taking the time to do this interview, and for taking the time to review it for publication. It was very generous of him.

The interview with Jean-Christophe is my first step, in my latest strategy, of exploring the issue of endangered species, their plight, and the efforts to save them.

I’m feeling pretty good about this new path, and I can’t think of a better way to begin it.

And of course it will be interesting to see how this all unfolds between now and next Endangered Species Day.

Will I have found a path that will help me truly understand the plight of endangered species and the efforts to save them? Or, will I once again be creating yet another ‘strategy’ to pursue.

I’ve no idea.

What I do know however is, I am happy to be pursing any path that will help me promote the plight of endangered species and the efforts to save them.

This is my journal entry for a Tiger Journal as well.



Endangered Earth Journal is Produced by Endangered Species Journalist Craig Kasnoff to Promote the Plight of Endangered Species

and the Efforts to Save Them.