The Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) met this week in Tallinn to discuss the global topical issues in nature conservation, for example, coping with foreign species, improving the living conditions of endangered species and the rhino horn smuggling issue.
After meeting with the world’s largest conservation organisation, the Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus says that the Estonian nature conservation has several success stories and experience to share with other countries. For example, the number of white-tailed eagles has increased and the white-backed woodpecker related to the old forest issue is also doing well in Estonia. The number of apex predators reflecting the health status of nature is also good with approximately 200 wolves, 600 bears and 450 lynx.
“Estonia is small in its area but nevertheless proves to be one of the richest in species in our latitude. Approximately 100 years of conscious and careful protection of Estonian nature is reflected by all of the wolves, bears and lynx doing well in our forests and that are so rare everywhere else in Europe. Cooperating with the International Union for Conservation of Nature allows us to contribute to the global conservation of nature,” said the Minister of the Environment Keit Pentus-Rosimannus after meeting with the conservationist.
The commission brought together 45 leading conservationists from 21 countries from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America. The conservationists come from all different fields of study – from mushrooms to rhinos, from marine life to foreign species, from species protection to their reintroduction.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature is the oldest and largest global environmental organisation with over 1200 member organisations, including governments of over 200 countries and over 900 non-profit organisations. The activity of the IUCN has been divided between six commissions with over 11 000 scientists and experts from all over the world.
The IUCN establishes the general directions of the world’s nature conservation, defines/explains the main issues, and by cooperating with scientists and practitioners, develops measures to solve those issues.
The Estonian members of the IUCN are the Ministry of the Environment and the Estonian Fund for Nature.