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Congratulations to Clare Lewis for her new position as a Senior Research Analyst at DEFRA

Congratulations to Inspire4Nature fellow Clare Lewis for her new position as a Senior Research Analyst at DEFRA, the UK Government’s Department for the Environment, Farming and Rural Affairs. Clare is now providing research and analysis to support the development of DEFRA’s domestic and international marine policy, more specifically leading on social science evidence and evaluation to inform the implementation of marine protected areas.

We wish her all the best in this new stage of her career!

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New paper: Growth of non-English-language literature on biodiversity conservation

Fellow Marie-Morgane Rouyer co-authored a publication in the journal Conservation Biology compared the growth in scientific studies in conservation published in English versus 15 other languages. It found similar rates of growth for 12 out of the 15 languages, underscoring the importance of non-English-language articles to improving the understanding of biodiversity and its conservation. The publication was led by Shawan Chowdhury and Tatsuya Amano at the University of Queensland, Australia. Continue reading “New paper: Growth of non-English-language literature on biodiversity conservation”

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New paper: Green Turtles Highlight Connectivity Across a Regional Marine Protected Area Network in West Africa

Fellow Martin Beal co-authored a publication in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science investigating the connectivity in green turtle populations across Marine Protected Areas in West Africa.  Using satellite tags to follow 45 green turtles during the internesting period, their results highlight the importance of the existing MPA network, but also its gaps. Continue reading “New paper: Green Turtles Highlight Connectivity Across a Regional Marine Protected Area Network in West Africa”

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Bravo to Sean Jellesmark, awarded a PhD!

Huge congratulations to Inspire4Nature fellow Sean Jellesmark for having been awarded a PhD degree by the University College London, for his project on Measuring the impact of conservation on species’ populations.

This project was a collaboration between the University College London (supervisors: Tim Blackburn), the Zoological Society of London (Mike Hoffmann, Louise McRae, Robin Freeman), the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (Richard Gregory) and IIASA (Piero Visconti). Continue reading “Bravo to Sean Jellesmark, awarded a PhD!”

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Presentation: Are Marine Protected Areas well-placed for the conservation of Atlantic migratory seabirds?

Fellow Marie-Morgane Rouyer presented her work at the Student Conference on Conservation Science, the 31st March 2022, at Cambridge. Her talk, entitled Are Marine Protected Areas well-placed for the conservation of Atlantic migratory seabirds?, won the third prize for the best presentation!

Continue reading “Presentation: Are Marine Protected Areas well-placed for the conservation of Atlantic migratory seabirds?”

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Presentation: Les Aires Marines Protégées sont-elles aux bons endroits pour conserver les oiseaux marins migrateurs ?

Fellow Marie-Morgane Rouyer was invited to present her work at the 10th meeting of the RESOM group (Réseau National Oiseaux Marins). This meeting, organised by the Office français de la biodiversité, the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle and the Groupement d’intérêt scientifique oiseaux marins, took place on the 9-10 March 2022, in Port Camargue, France.

Continue reading “Presentation: Les Aires Marines Protégées sont-elles aux bons endroits pour conserver les oiseaux marins migrateurs ?”

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Bravo to Marie-Morgane Rouyer for her new PhD position

Congratulations to Inspire4Nature fellow Marie-Morgane Rouyer for having obtained a PhD fellowship at the GAIA Doctoral School of the University of Montpellier!

Her PhD project will focus on examining the effectiveness of Marine Protected Areas at conserving migratory seabirds across the Atlantic Ocean. It is in direct continuity of her 23-month Inspire4Nature project.

Marie-Morgane will be based at the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier (a Joint Research Unit of the CNRS and the University of Montpellier), and will continue to work in collaboration with BirdLife International and the UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre, UNEP-WCMC, as well as with the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon.

We wish her all the best in this new stage of her career!

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New blog post: Offsetting the carbon emissions generated by the Inspire4Nature program

The Inspire4Nature fellows were responsible for keeping track of the project’s carbon emissions, and then choose a carbon offsetting project that can verifiably offset these emissions.
The fellows estimated that during the course of the Inspire4Nature project we have travelled a total of 358,250 km using flights, responsible for 66.248 tonnes of CO2 and 27,751 km by surface travel (mainly train), responsible for 4963 tonnes of CO2, for a total of 71.211 tonnes of CO2.
To offset the carbon emissions generated by the Inspire4Nature program, the fellows chose the Envira Amazonia Tropical Forest Conservation Project. This project is reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+) by conserving nearly 200,000 ha of tropical forest while mitigating 12.5 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions over its lifetime. The project is located in Acre Brazil within the Tabocais Key Biodiversity Area. Accordingly, conservation of the site will not only contribute to climate change mitigation, but also protect important native biodiversity.
See more details about the Inspire4Nature carbon offsetting strategy in a new blog post at the fellows’ website Science4Wildlife.

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Farewell to Pauline Roger, our European Project Manager

Today we bid farewell to Pauline Roger as European Project Manager of Inspire4Nature. Pauline joined the project four years ago and her professionalism and dedication have been fundamental to making the project run smoothly.

Pauline came to us with a Master degree in European studies, with specialisation in European policies and programmes, from the University of Aix-Marseille. She cares deeply about biodiversity protection and animal welfare, having done a professional internship in Brussels in an advocacy group for animals, where she worked with European institutions. She is also interested in human sciences and ethology.

Pauline was responsible for coordinating the exchanges within the Consortium and facilitating the consortium’s overall management in conformity with the Grant Agreement and the Consortium Agreement. These responsibilities included a wide set of tasks related to the organisational, administrative, financial and legal management of the project. She also played a major role in the project communication actions.

We wish Pauline all the very best in her future projects!