SOS Lynx, Portugal/Spain

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The Iberian Lynx is the most endangered feline species in the world, and between 2003 and 2010 I was engaged by the NGO SOS Lynx to co-ordinate campaigning, communication and knowledge-management activities to help further the conservation of this iconic flagship species. In particular, I produced two high-profile reports, in co-ordination with the European Parliament, as well as the Spanish NGO Ecologistas en Accion, and the IUCN Cat Specialist and Lagomorph Specialist Groups. I also worked with various NGOs, government experts and academics to produce, publish and disseminate regular briefing papers, and a website, in Spanish, Portuguese and English, to co-ordinate, inform and motivate the conservation response.

Issues addressed included: illegal predator persecution with traps and poison; damaging proposals for roads and urban development; diseases impacting wild and captive lynx; high lynx mortality from road vehicles; habitat loss, hunting and disease reducing rabbit populations (the main prey of the lynx); progress with the official captive breeding, translocation and release programme, and; the resolution of inter-personal, inter-organisational and stakeholder conflicts. My work therefore addressed a complex range of social, environmental and political issues, liasing between a wide variety of actors, at the local, national and international scales.

In recognition of the importance of my work to help further the conservation of the Iberian Lynx, I was presented with an award by the Andalucian Regional Government in 2010.

Click to read the 2004 Report “The Iberian Lynx Emergency”

Click to read the 2005 Report “Reversing Rabbit Decline”