Dr. Amanda Vincent, Professor and Director of Project Seahorse, in UBC's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, has been appointed to the Steering Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC). She will serve as the Committee’s global marine expert, and will also Chair its Marine Conservation Subcommittee.
The IUCN SSC is a science-based network of more than 10,000 volunteer experts from almost every country of the world, all working together towards achieving the vision of, “A just world that values and conserves nature through positive action to reduce the loss of diversity of life on earth.”
Working in close association with IUCN’s Global Species Programme, SSC’s major role is to provide information to IUCN on biodiversity conservation, the inherent value of species, their role in ecosystem health and functioning, the provision of ecosystem services, and their support to human livelihoods. This information is fed into The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. SSC members also provide scientific advice to conservation organisations, government agencies and other IUCN members, and support the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements.
“I’m delighted by the opportunity to support such an amazing set of volunteer experts in marine conservation in creating a better future for ocean species. Much needs to be done. But I’m full of #OceanOptimism,” said Vincent.
Dr. Vincent currently serves as Chair of the IUCN SSC Seahorse, Pipefish, and Stickleback Specialist Group. This global expert group – responsible for co-ordinating and advancing global conservation of 324 species of marine fishes – will meet in person for the first time in Florida on May 19, 2017.
You can follow Dr Vincent on Twitter @AmandaVincent1.
(Original post on UBC Oceans)