Conservation Planning Specialist Group
7-9 October 2020
Please join us 7-9 October for the 2020 CPSG Annual Meeting. Due to the effects of COVID-19, the meeting this year will be held virtually for the first time, but will strive to have the same collaborative and interactive atmosphere it always has. The meeting is open to all CPSG members, partners, and other interested conservationists and will examine pressing conservation issues of the day, as well as tools and processes to meet these conservation challenges.
This year's Annual Meeting is CPSG's 40th. Not only will we look back to celebrate our 40 years of changing the future for species, we will look at how the current world pandemic is impacting species conservation efforts, and will look forward to a future where CPSG and partners lead the species conservation planning revolution to ensure every species that needs a plan is covered by one that is both effective and implemented.
As in past years, this informal working meeting will have an interactive atmosphere. We will pursue topics, including species planning in a virtual environment, how to move more species more quickly from assessment to action, group-based ex-situ population management, through CPSG's meeting format of plenary sessions and facilitated working groups in which all delegates contribute their skills and experience to help address current conservation challenges. As part of the registration process, you will be asked to register for the working group in which you plan to participate at the meeting. This is due to capacity limits for the working groups.
Below is an overview of the meeting agenda. A more detailed agenda will be available closer to the meeting and will be available, along with more detailed working group information and materials, here: https://cpsg.org/cpsg-2020-annual-meeting.
Overview of the Meeting Agenda
Wednesday, 7 October
Coffee & Cocktails
Welcome & Introductions
Working Group Introductions
Thursday, 8 October
- Assess to Plan (A2P) Training Course
The aim of this working group is to provide professionals involved in the IUCN Red List process and/or species conservation planning with a sound understanding of the Assess to Plan (A2P) process, and the various stages of the Assess-Plan-Act framework at which it can be brought in and applied to conservation planning for multiple species.
- Group Management
This working group will focus on issues surrounding group-based population management (both in situ and ex situ) for taxa in which data may be collected and/or management actions conducted only on groups of organisms, rather than on specific individuals. We will present a summary of the Group Management Initiative and invite feedback.
- Species Planning in a Virtual Environment
This working group will provide an opportunity for participants to comment on and input into the development of introductory guidelines on how to apply the CPSG Principles and Steps within the virtual environment. Beginning with an update on the guidelines framework developed so far, working groups will share their experiences, tips and tricks for virtual planning and provide critical feedback that contributes to the drafting of Applying CPSG Planning Principles and Steps within the Virtual Environment.
Friday, 9 October
Working Group Presentations
Virtual Tour of San Diego Zoo
Cocktails & Coffee
Working group space is limited so be sure to register as soon as possible. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. In early September, you will receive a web link where you'll find a detailed agenda, briefing materials and Zoom links and password to access the CPSG conference and working group sessions.
The following is your contact for the conference.
Registration: Contact Debra Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Program: Contact Elizabeth Townsend at email@example.com