SSC members are deployed in over 130 Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities, Task Forces and Sub-Committees; the main priority of the Chair and the SSC office is to provide support and leadership to this extensive global network to help stimulate conservation action on the ground. Any requests for additional groups to become established, together with the appointment of the Chairs of the Specialist Groups, must be endorsed by the SSC Chair in consultation with the SSC Steering Committee.
Other responsibilities of the SSC Chair’s office include working with governments to address particular urgent species conservation issues, providing input to regional and national consultations and policy initiatives, consolidating and strengthening the SSC’s partnerships with other organizations, building collaboration with other Programmes and Commissions of IUCN, and fundraising for all SSC species related work. The SSC Chair’s Office works closely with the Global Species Programme in the IUCN Secretariat to support the SSC network, and to push forward the species conservation agenda within IUCN.
The IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is headed by the Commission Chair, Dr Jon Paul Rodríguez who will be working in close collaboration with Domitilla Raimondo, the newly appointed Deputy Chair (who is based in Johannesburg). The newly launched SSC Chair’s Office in Venezuela will be initially composed of three Directors and their support staff. There will be continuity from Simon Stuart’s team with two members of staff taking up roles with the Venezuelan team. Rachel Hoffmann, based in Cambridge, is to assume the position of Director of SSC Oversight and Conservation Outcomes, focusing on overall management of the Specialist Groups, Red List Authorities and Task Forces and strengthening the SSC network to enable the effective delivery of conservation action, and Kira Mileham, based in Washington, D.C., will serve as Director of Strategic Partnerships, responsible for expanding external partnerships and fostering stronger collaborations between the SSC and the global ex situ community (zoos, aquariums and botanical gardens). The search for a Director of the office in Caracas at Provita, whose responsibility will be to provide overall support to the Chair and follow-up activities of SSC, is ongoing. The Support Staff for the three Directors will also be based in Caracas. The other two director roles being considered for expansion of the Chair’s Office are related to capacity building and conservation action (more information to follow).
As 2017 begins, the SSC Chair’s Office team is almost ready for four years of working closely with our Specialist Groups, Steering Committee, Secretariat and the IUCN Membership. If any of you are ever in Cambridge, Washington, D.C., Johannesburg or Caracas, please let us know – there will be at least one of us there to meet with you.
IUCN Commission Chairs are members of the governing Council of IUCN but, since these positions are not paid for by IUCN, most Commission Chairs serve in a voluntary capacity and the SSC receives generous financial support from the following institutions:IUCN SSC Framework Agreements with the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi
The Species Survival Commission is extremely fortunate to have a framework agreement with the Environment Agency Abu Dhabi to support the implementation of the SSC Strategic Plan. This framework agreement was signed in 2011 and runs for the three years 2011-2013. Under this framework agreement, the SSC has been able to accomplish much high-priority new work across a broad array of activities, including on sustainable use and livelihoods; Red List training; Arabian species assessments; plant assessments; invasive species; species conservation planning; key biodiversity areas; and new activities focusing on major conservation challenges. The 2011 and 2012 activity reports can be found on the links below.
IUCN SSC 2015 Annual Report to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
IUCN SSC 2014 Annual Report to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
IUCN SSC 2013 Annual Report to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
IUCN SSC 2012 Annual Report to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi
IUCN SSC 2011 Report to the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi