Letter of Concern from the International Community of Conservationists and Scholars

 

Via email to: iran@un.int Via fax to: +1 212 867-7086

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran
c/o H.E. Mr. Gholamali Khoshroo Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations 622 Third Avenue, 34th Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA

Your Excellency:

We are an international community of conservation practitioners and scholars. We all chose this path out of sheer love and passion for wildlife and the natural environment, both of which are increasingly under pressure in many regions of the world. We work in many such places, in order to address these challenges in close collaboration with national scientists, conservationists, and governmental organizations. Many of us have worked in Iran in the past.

Nine months ago, our colleagues Houman Jowkar, Taher Ghadirian, Sepideh Kashani, Niloufar Bayani, Morad Tahbaz, Amirhossein Khaleghi Hamidi, Sam Radjabi, Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, and Kavous Seyed Emami, were arrested and have since been in prison, with Mr. Seyed Emami regrettably passing away during that period. Four of them are now charged with “sowing corruption on earth”. We understand these charges are in connection to conservationists using tools of science, such as camera traps, which are suspected of having been used to undermine the national security interests of Iran.

Camera traps are now a standard tool for wildlife monitoring, being deployed for that purpose in many regions around the world. Camera traps deliver invaluable, first-hand evidence on the presence of endangered species when they approach within a few meters. They are an essential tool in providing a critical basis for both science and conservation strategies to save species from extinction.

All of the conservationists in question have dedicated their lives to the conservation of wildlife in Iran, including the critically endangered Asiatic cheetah. Throughout their careers, they have always promoted the image of Iran in the international conservation community and applauded its efforts to conserve wildlife while facing many other challenges. They have also inspired young biologists and conservationists in Iran to follow in their footsteps. To the best of our knowledge, our colleagues have worked and carried themselves with the highest moral integrity.

We are convinced that their work and research had no second means or objectives. Given the general international political backdrop and sometimes tense relationships between countries, we fully understand the current concerns. We are horrified about the thought that the neutral field of conservation could ever be used to pursue political objectives. We as a community strongly condemn that, and we are convinced our colleagues had no such part.

We stand by the innocence of the conservationists in question and urge you to call for a fair and just evaluation of the evidence, access to lawyers of their choice and a transparent trial. Some of us are ready to provide evidence and witness testimony upon request.

Sincerely,

 
CC:
The Honorable Ayatollah Sadeqh Larijani Head of the Judiciary of the Islamic Republic of Iran Howzeh Riyasat-e Qoveh Qazaiyeh (Office of the Head of the Judiciary)
Pasteur St., Vali Asr Ave. (south of Serah-e Jomhouri) Tehran 1316814737
Islamic Republic of Iran
Email: info@dadgostary-tehran.ir

Distinguished conservationists

  1. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder – Jane Goodall Institute, UN Messenger of Peace
  2. George Archibald, Co-Founder & Senior Conservationist, International Crane Foundation
  3. Iain Douglas-Hamilton CBE, Founder, Save the Elephants
  4. Carl G. Jones MBE, Professor, Chief Scientist – Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, Scientific Director – Mauritian Wildlife Foundation
  5. Ullas Karanth, Director – Centre for Wildlife Studies, Fellow – Indian Academy of Sciences
  6. Marco Lambertini, Director General, WWF International
  7. Laurie Marker, Founder & Executive Director – Cheetah Conservation Fund, Chair – Large Carnivore Management Association of Namibia
  8. Ian Redmond OBE, Ambassador – UNEP Convention on Migratory Species, Chairman – Ape Alliance, Chairman – The Gorilla Organization
  9. Michael Succow, Professor Emeritus, Michael Succow Foundation for the Protection of Nature

Professors

  1. Huseyin Ambarli, Assistant Professor, Duzce University, Turkey
  2. Steven C. Anderson, Professor Emeritus – University of the Pacific, Fellow and Research Associate – California Academy of Sciences, USA
  3. Alexandre Antonelli, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  4. Sergio A. Balaguera-Reina, Associate Professor, Universidad de Ibague, Colombia
  5. Andrew Balmford, Professor, University of Cambridge, UK
  6. Sabine Begall, Professor, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
  7. Nard Bennas, Professor, Abdelmalek Essaâdi University, Morocco
  8. Matthew Betts, Professor, Oregon State University, USA
  9. Luigi Boitani, Professor, Universita di Roma, Italy
  10. Nils Bunnefeld, Professor, Stirling University, UK
  11. Cole Burton, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia, Canada
  12. Gerardo Ceballos, Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  13. Guillaume Chapron, Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  14. Yann Clough, Professor, Lund University, Sweden
  15. Joseph Cook, Professor, University of New Mexico, USA
  16. Joris Cromsigt, Associate Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  17. Andrew Cunningham, Professor – Deputy Director, Zoological Society of London, UK
  18. Valerie Curtis, Professor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  19. Satoshi Daigako Ohdachi, Assistant Professor, Hokkaido University, Japan
  20. Chris Darimont, Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Canada
  21. Zoe Davies, Professor, University of Kent, UK
  22. Nishith Dharaiya, Associate Professor, Hemchandracharya North Gujarat University, India
  23. Enrico Di Minin, Adjunct Professor, University of Helsinki, Finland
  24. Karlheinz Erb, Associate Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  25. Rasmus Fensholt, Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  26. Marco Festa-Bianchet, Professor, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
  27. Juraj Grizelj, Professor, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  28. Helmut Haberl, Professor, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  29. Rob Harcourt, Professor, Macquarie University, Australia
  30. Matthew W. Hayward, Associate Professor, University of Newcastle, Australia
  31. Ignas Heitkonig, Assistant Professor, Wageningen University , The Netherlands
  32. Kristofer Helgen, Professor, University of Adelaide, Australia
  33. Djuro Huber, Professor Emeritus, University of Zagreb, Croatia
  34. Mei Hshi Hwang, Associate Professor, National Pingtung University of Science & Technology, Taiwan
  35. Hans de Iongh, Professor, University of Antwerp – Institute of Environmental Sciences, Belgium – The Netherlands
  36. Klemen Jerina, Associate Professor, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  37. Julia P.G. Jones, Professor, Bangor University, UK
  38. Douglas Kelt, Professor, University of California, USA
  39. Christian Kiffner, Professor, The School of Field Studies, Tanzania
  40. Richard Kingsford, Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia
  41. John Koprowski, Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment, USA
  42. Stephanie Kramer-Schadt, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  43. Holger Kreft, Professor, Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Germany
  44. Mariska Kret, Assistant Professor, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  45. Miha Krofel, Assistant Professor, Ljubljana University, Slovenia
  46. Tobias Kuemmerle, Professor, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany
  47. Thomas Lacher Jr., Professor, Texas A&M University, USA
  48. Paolo Lanfranchi, Professor, University of Milan, Italy
  49. Bill Laurance, Distinguished Research Professor – Australian Laureate & Prince Bernhard Chair (Emeritus), James Cook University – International Nature Conservation, Australia
  50. Sandro Lovari, Senior Professor – Siena University, Chairman – 
    IUCN/SSC Caprinae Specialist Group, Italy
  51. Ralph Mac Nally, Centenary Professor, University of Canberra, Australia
  52. Georgina Mace, Professor, University College London, UK
  53. Ikki Matsuda, Associate Professor, Chubu University, Japan
  54. Rodrigo Medellin, Professor, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  55. Patrick Meyfroidt, Professor, UCLouvain, Belgium
  56. Martine Maron, Associate Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia
  57. Eleanor-Jane Milner-Gulland, Professor, University of Oxford, UK
  58. Marco Musiani, Professor, University of Calgary, Canada
  59. Anna Nekaris, Professor, Oxford Brookes University, UK
  60. Kate Neville, Associate Professor, University of Toronto, Canada
  61. Dusit Ngoprasert, Professor, Thai University, Thailand
  62. Vincent Nijman, Professor, Oxford Brooks University, UK
  63. Javier Palomo, Professor, University of Malaga, Spain
  64. James L. Patton, Professor Emeritus – University of California, Curator – Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, USA  
  65. Jairo Perez-Torres, Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
  66. Stuart Pimm, Extraordinary Professor, University of Pretoria, South Africa
  67. Viorel D. Popescu, Assistant Professor, Ohio University, USA
  68. Hugh Possingham, Professor, The University of Queensland, Australia
  69. Andrew S. Pullin, Professor, Bangor University, UK
  70. Shiamala Ratnayeke, Associate Professor, Sunway University, Malaysia
  71. Steven Redpath, Professor, University of Aberdeen, UK
  72. Tracey Rogers, Professor, University of New South Wales, Australia
  73. Virgilio do Rosario, Professor Emeritus, University Nova de Lisboa, Portugal
  74. Luca Rossi, Professor, University of Torino, Italy
  75. Jarkko Saarinen, Professor, University of Oulu, Finland
  76. Nuria Selva, Professor, Polish Academy of Sciences – IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Poland
  77. Narayan Sharma, Associate Professor, Cotton University, India
  78. Anindya Sinha, Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, India
  79. Thomas Sterner, Professor, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
  80. Cédric Sueur, Associate Professor, University of Strasbourg, France
  81. Bill Sutherland, Professor, Cambridge University, UK
  82. Jon E. Swenson, Professor, Norwegian University of Life Sciences – Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, Norway
  83. Christian Walzer, Professor, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
  84. James Watson, Professor – Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society, University of Queensland, Australia
  85. Serge Wich, Professor, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
  86. Richard Woodward, Professor, Texas A&M University, USA
  87. Richard Wrangham, Professor – Harvard University,
    Founder – Kibale Chimpanzee Project, USA
  88. Wolfgang Wüster, Professor, Bangor University, UK
  89. Yuki Yamada, Associate Professor, Kyushu University, Japan
  90. Nobuyuki Yamaguchi, Associate Professor, Qatar University, Qatar
  91. Heliot Zarza, Professor, Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Unidad Lerma, Mexico
  92. Andreas Zedrosser, Professor, University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Researchers

  1. Teresa Abaigar, Researcher, Spanish National Research Council, Spain
  2. Aldemar A. Acevedo, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  3. Korsh Ararat, University of Sulaimani, Iraq
  4. Nasser Al-Arimi, Researcher, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  5. Francisco Álvares, Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  6. Franco Andreone, Curator of Zoology, Turin Museum of Natural History – IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, Italy
  7. Marine Arakelyan, Head of Chair of Zoology, Yerevan State University Armenia
  8. Joaquín Arroyo-Cabrales, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico
  9. Anibal Arce Medina, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  10. Marc Artois, Retired Health Ecologist, Lorraine Investigation in Animal and Environment Health, France
  11. Kamil Bartoń, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  12. Colin Beale, Lecturer, University of York, UK
  13. Mohammed Lamine Bendjeddou, Researcher, Chadli Bendjedid University, Algeria
  14. Ana Benitez-Lopez, Postdoctoral Fellow, Radboud University, The Netherlands
  15. Carmen Bessa Gomes, Lecturer, AgroParisTech, France
  16. José Carlos Brito, Principal Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  17. Ana Rita Caldas Patrício, Researcher, University of Exeter – Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, UK-Portugal
  18. Alison Cameron, Senior Lecturer, Bangor University, UK
  19. Miguel Carretero, Principal Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  20. Victor Castelazo Calva, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  21. Paulo Catry, Research Fellow, Marine and Environmental Sciences Center, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Portugal
  22. Teresa Catry, Research Assistant, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  23. Anthony Chariton, Senior Scientist – Lecturer, Macquarie University, Australia
  24. Marie Charpentier, Director of Research, University of Montpellier, France
  25. Eustatius du Chavoux Luyt, Stellenbosch University, South Africa – Namibia
  26. Rosie Cooney, Honorary Lecturer, Australian National University, Australia
  27. Paola Correa, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  28. Malinalli Cortés Marcial, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana Unidad Xochimilco, Mexico
  29. Angelica Crottini, Auxiliary Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  30. Fredrik Dalerum, University of Oviedo, Spain
  31. Askar Davletbakov, National Academy of Sciences, Kyrgyzstan
  32. Marta DeBarba, Researcher, Laboratoire d Ecologie Alpine, France
  33. Maylis Desrousseaux, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers-L’École supérieure des géomètres et topographes, France
  34. Lilia Dmitrieva, Research Fellow, University of Leeds, UK
  35. Sarah Durant, Senior Research Fellow – Zoological Society of London, Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute – Tanzania National Parks, UK
  36. Johan Ekroos, Research Scientist, Lund University, Sweden
  37. Andy Foote, Senior Researcher, University of Bangor, UK
  38. Nikunj Gajera, Gujarat Institute Of Desert Ecology, India
  39. Cécile Garcia, Researcher, Musée de l’Homme, France
  40. Veronika Gaube, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  41. Alexander Georgiev, Lecturer, Bangor University, UK
  42. Martin Gilbert, Doctor in Wildlife Health, UK
  43. Luis Martin Gonzalez Gomez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  44. Simon Goodman, Group Leader, University of Leeds, UK
  45. Juan Herrero, Lecturer University of Saragossa, Spain
  46. Marco Heurich, Privat Dozent – Chair of Wildlife Ecology and Management, University of Freiburg, Germany
  47. Amy Hinsley, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Oxford, UK
  48. Susan Hitschfeld, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  49. Catherine Hobaiter, Lecturer, University of St Andrews, UK
  50. Maarten Hofman, Georg-August, University of Goettingen, Germany
  51. Luke Hunter, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
  52. Ivan Ineich, Lecturer, Paris Natural History Museum, France
  53. Maria Isidora Avila, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  54. Jennifer Jackson, Senior Scientist, British Antarctic Survey, UK
  55. Antigoni Kaliontzopoulou, Auxiliary Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  56. Khalil Karimov, Academy of Sciences, Tajikistan
  57. Vassiliki Kati, University of Ioannina, Greece
  58. Petra Kazcensky, Researcher, Norwegian Institute for Nature Research Norway
  59. Munira Kharamkhudoeva, Pamir Biological Institute, Tajikistan
  60. Gesa Kluth, LUPUS – German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research, Germany
  61. Macej Konopinski, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  62. Stefan Kreft, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
  63. Miroslav Kutal, Mendel University Brno, Czech Republic
  64. Rahim Kulenbekov, Bishkek Humanities University, Kyrgyzstan
  65. Sergio Lambertucci, Researcher, Comahue National University,Argentina
  66. Pedro J. Leitão, Postdoctoral Researcher, Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany
  67. Ricardo Lopez Wilchis, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, Mexico
  68. Hiba Loumassine, Researcher, University of Tiaret, Algeria
  69. Tanja Lumetsberger, Research Assistant, Danube University Krems, Austria
  70. Petros Lymberakis, Researcher, Natural History Museum of Crete, Greece
  71. Milena Salgado Lynn, Researcher, Danau Girang Field Center, Malaysia
  72. María Cristina Mac Swiney González, Instituto de Ecología A.C., Mexico
  73. Anita Malhotra, Researcher, Bangor University, UK
  74. Rosaleen March, Postdoctoral Fellow, Leiden University, The Netherlands
  75. Silvio Marchini, Research Associate, University of Sao Paulo – Chester Zoo, Brazil – UK
  76. Gabriel M. Martin, Adjunct Researcher, National University of Patagonia San Juan Bosco, Argentina
  77. Iñigo Martínez-Solano, Researcher, National Museum of Natural History, Spain
  78. Dime Melovski, Macedonian Ecological Society, Macedonia
  79. Joerg Melzheimer, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  80. Marcos Moleón, University of Grenada, Spain
  81. Ronaldo Morato, Group Leader, Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade, Brazil
  82. Elisabeth Morris-Webb, Researcher, Bangor University, UK
  83. Kakoli Mukhopadhyay, Senior Scientist, Dhole’s Den Research Foundation, India
  84. Manuel Muñoz Rodríguez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  85. Javier Naves, Researcher, Doñana Biological Station, Spain
  86. Barthélemy Ngoubangoye, Head of Primate Center, Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville, Gabon
  87. Ana Nuno, Research Fellow, University of Exeter, UK
  88. Esmar Ocelotlcuauhtli Guzmán Díaz, Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Mexico
  89. Andres Ortiz Pontificia, Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  90. Nuzar Oshurmamadov, Pamir Biological Institute, Tajikistan
  91. Sandra Milena Ospina Garcés, Instituto de Ecologia AC, Mexico
  92. Theodore Papenfuss, Research Biologist, University of California, USA
  93. Francisca Parada Ramírez, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  94. Lain Pardo, James Cook University, Australia
  95. Marta Pascual Berniola, Lecturer, University of Barcelona, Spain
  96. Chris Pavey, Senior Researcher, CSIRO Land and Water, Australia
  97. Maria Petridou, University of Ioannina, Greece
  98. Freddy Pérez Garduza, Centro del Cambio Global y la Sustentabilidad, Mexico
  99. Luz Adriana Pérez Solano, Universidad de Chile, Chile
  100. Ruben Portas, Research Assistant, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  101. Marc Franch Quintana, Researcher, University of Girona, Spain
  102. Karina Ramos Rendón, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  103. Hugo Rebelo, Auxiliary Researcher, Research Center in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, Portugal
  104. Ilka Reinhardt, LUPUS – German Institute for Wolf Monitoring and Research, Germany
  105. Julien Renoult, Researcher, Centre of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology of Montpellier, France
  106. Rafael Reyna, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Mexico
  107. Carla Rivera, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  108. Ricardo Rocha, Research Associate, Cambridge University, UK
  109. Ana S.L. Rodrigues, Senior Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France
  110. Benito Rosende, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  111. Niki Rust, Newcastle, University, UK
  112. Alberto Sanchez, Researcher, National Museum of Natural History, Spain
  113. Xavier Santos Santiró, Researcher, INS Les Corts, Spain
  114. Laurent Schley, Secretary of the European Mammal Foundation, Luxembourg
  115. Natalie Schmitt, Postdoctoral Fellow, McMaster University, Canada
  116. Pedro Segurado, Auxiliary Researcher, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  117. Agniezska Sergiel, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
  118. José Manuel Serrano, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico
  119. Takuya Shamida, Forestry & Forest Products Research Institute, Japan
  120. Neftali Sillero, Researcher, Research Centre on Geo-Spatial Science, Portugal
  121. Barbara Smetschka, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Austria
  122. Robert J. Smith, Reader – University of Kent, Director – Durrell Institute of Conservation and Eology, UK
  123. Etotépé A. Sogbohossou, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin
  124. Freya St John, Lecturer, Bangor University, UK
  125. Florian Stein, Technische Universitaet Braunschweig, Germany
  126. Matthew Struebig, Senior Lecturer, University of Kent, UK
  127. Claudia Szentiks, Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  128. Konstantin Tirronen, Group Leader Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia
  129. Ricardo Tomé, Scientific Director, STRIX, Portugal
  130. Matthew Town, Research Manager, African Bat Conservation, UK
  131. Igor Trbojević, Veterinary Pathologist, University of Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  132. Francesco Ventura, University of Lisbon, Portugal
  133. Piero Visconti, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria
  134. Freek Vonk, Researcher, Naturalis Biodiversity Center, The Netherlands
  135. Matthias Waltert, Privat Dozent, Georg-August-University of Goettingen, Germany
  136. Charlotte Whitham, Researcher, CzechGlobe, Czech Republic
  137. Andreas Wilting, Group Leader Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany
  138. Karina Yañez Aroche, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico
  139. Frank Zachos, Privat Dozent, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria
  140. Anamarija Zagar, Associate Researcher, National Institute of Biology, Slovenia
  141. Alexandra Zimmermann, University of Oxford, UK
  142. Fridolin Zimmermann, Researcher, Carnivore Ecology and Wildlife Managemet (KORA), Switzerland *
  143. Mauro Giovanni Zucconi R, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile
  144. Marco Zuffi, Curator, Museum of Natural History, University of Pisa – IUCN/SSC Viper Specialist Group, Italy
  145. Damaris Zurell, Group Leader, Humboldt-University Berlin, Germany

Conservation practitioners

  1. Jassim Al-Asadi, Nature Iraq, Iraq
  2. Marc Ancrenaz, Coordinator Borneo Futures Initiative, Malaysia
  3. Sow Andack Saad, Environmentalist, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Mauritania
  4. Anish Andheria, President, Wildlife Conservation Trust, India
  5. Ariadne Angulo, Co-Chair, IUCN/SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, Canada
  6. Angelika Appel, Managing Director, Wild Cat Network, Germany
  7. Shivani Balla, Founder & Director Ewaso Lions, Kenya
  8. Oliver Barker, Conservationist, Canada
  9. Rui Bernardino, Veterinarian, Lisbon Zoo, Portugal
  10. Richard Bonham, Director of Operations, Big Life Foundation, Kenya
  11. Valeria Boron, Conservationist, WWF-UK, UK
  12. Gill Braulik, IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, UK
  13. Michael Brombacher, Head of Europe Department, Frankfurt Zoological Society,    Germany
  14. Chris Brown, Chief Executive Officer, Namibian Chamber of Environment, Namibia
  15. Stuart Butchart, Chief Scientist, BirdLife International, UK
  16. Elena Bykova, Conservationist, Saiga Conservation Alliance, Uzbekistan
  17. Shahriar Caesar Rahman, Regional Vice-Chair, IUCN/SSC Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group, Bangladesh
  18. Armando Castellanos, President, Andean Bear Foundation, Ecuador
  19. Xim Cerda, Director, Doñana Biological Station, Spain
  20. Rok Černe, Project Manager, Slovenia Forest Service, Slovenia
  21. Dan Challender, Chair, IUCN SSC Pangolin Specialist Group, UK
  22. Lara Ciarniello, Co-Chair Human-Bear Conflicts Expert Team, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Canada
  23. Nigel Collar, Research Fellow, Birdlife International, UK
  24. Koen Cuyten, Project Manager, Rewilding Foundation – Bears in Mind, The Netherlands
  25. Aparajita Datta, Senior Scientist, Nature Conservation Foundation, India
  26. Jaidev Dhadhal, Conservationist, India
  27. Jose Dias Ferreira, Curator – EEP Coordinator for Persian Leopard Lisbon Zoo, Portugal
  28. Simon Dowell, Science Director Chester Zoo, UK
  29. Simone Eckhardt, Director, Stitching SPOTS, The Netherlands
  30. Farwiza Farhan, Chairperson Yayasan HAkA, Indonesia
  31. Catarina Ferreira, Coordinator Global Species Program at IUCN, Belgium
  32. Martin Fisher, Fauna and Flora International, UK
  33. Gabriella Fredriksson, Founder, Pan Eco Foundation, Switzerland
  34. Cintia Garai, Co-Founder, Wildlife Messengers, Hungary
  35. Manoj Gautam, Jane Goodall Institute, Nepal
  36. George Giacomini, Caucasus Nature Fund, Georgia
  37. David Gill, Conservationist, UK
  38. Jose F. Gonzalez-Maya, Director, ProCAT Internacional, Colombia
  39. Rosemary Groom, Southern African Coordinator, Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs, Tanzania
  40. Lise Hanssen, Project Coordinator, Kwando Carnivore Project, Namibia
  41. Caroline, Harcourt, Convenor, Conservation Working Party – Primate Society of Great Britain, UK
  42. Kate Harris, Conservationist, Canada
  43. Simon Hedges, Chief Executive Officer – Co-founder, Asian Arks, UK
  44. Christoph Heinrich, Chief Conservation Director, WWF-Germany, Germany
  45. F. Javier Herrera Sanchez, Conservationist, Wildlife Study and Conservation Association Harmusch, Spain
  46. Mike Hoffmann, Head of Global Conservation Programmes Zoological Society of London, UK
  47. Trevor Jones Director, Southern Tanzania Elephant Program, Tanzania
  48. Sandesh Kadur, Conservationist, India
  49. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Conservation Through Public Health, Uganda
  50. Sebastian Kennerknecht, Conservationist, Germany
  51. Ambika Khatiwada, Conservationist, National Trust for Nature Conservation,  Nepal
  52. Monsoon Khatiwada, Conservationist, Nepal
  53. Rebecca Klein, Executive Director, Cheetah Conservation Botswana, Botswana
  54. Lydia Kolter, Scientist, Curator & Population Manager, Cologne Zoo – IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Germany
  55. Piia Kortsalo, Conservationist, Canada
  56. Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, Zoologist, Society for Conservation Biology-Europe, Hungary
  57. Zairbek Kubanychbekov, Director, Ilbirs Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
  58. Ajuth Kumar Course, Director, Wildlife Conservation Society-India, India
  59. Alice Laguardia, Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society, Gabon
  60. Els van Lavieren, Director, Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation, Morocco
  61. Peep Männil, Conservationist, Estonian Environment Agency, Estonia
  62. Bronwyn Maree, FAO-South Africa, South Africa
  63. Rowan O. Martin, Director, World Parrot Trust Africa Conservation Programme, UK
  64. Ivan Mauricio Vela-Vargas, Research Associate, Pro-CAT Internacional, Colombia
  65. Patrick Meier, Conservationist, Switzerland
  66. Erik Meijaard, IUCN/SSC Wild Pig Specialist Group, Indonesia
  67. Stefan Michel, IUCN/SSC Caprinae Specialist Group, Germany
  68. Charudutt Mishra, Science & Conservation Director, Snow Leopard Trust, India
  69. Nick Mitchell, Eastern African Coordinator, Range Wide Conservation Program for Cheetah and African Wild Dogs, Tanzania
  70. Mike Moser, International Adviser to conservation projects in Iran (1999-2018),  UK
  71. Harriet Mostert-Davies, Head of Conservation, Endangered Wildlife Trust, South Africa
  72. Shirin Mukhametkadyr Kyzy, Ilbirs Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
  73. Shomita Mukherjee, Principal Scientist, Salim Ali Center for Ornithology and Natural History, India
  74. Hemmo Muntingh, Co-Founder, Foundation Future for Nature – Honorary member of European Parliament, The Netherlands
  75. John Newby, Chief Executive Officer, Sahara Conservation Fund, Switzerland
  76. Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara, Marine Conservation Ecologist, Italy
  77. Carlos Olavarria, Executive Director, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas, Chile
  78. Anna Oposa, Save Philippine Seas, The Philippines
  79. Mikhail Paltsyn, Conservation Biologist, International Consultant for UNDP,  Russia
  80. Danni Parks, Director, Whitley Fund for Nature, UK
  81. Jean-Marie Pericard, DVM, VETO FAUNE, France
  82. Rinzin Phunjok Lama, Conservation Biologist, Global Primate Network, Nepal
  83. Malini Pittet, Conservationist, Switzerland
  84. Andrew J. Plumptre, Head, BirdLife International Key Biodiversity Area Secretariat, UK
  85. Ioan-Mihai Pop, Conservationist, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Romani
  86. Annatjie du Preez, Project Coordinator, NACSO – Natural Resource Working Group, Namibia
  87. Michael Proctor, Deputy Chair, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Canada
  88. Ioan-Mihai Pop, Conservationist, IUCN/SSC Bear Specialist Group, Romani
  89. Chris Ransom, Head of Africa Programmes, Zoological Society of London, UK
  90. Hana Raza, Project Manager, Nature Iraq, Iraq
  91. Randall Reeves, Chair – Professor, IUCN/SSC Cetacean Specialist Group, Canada
  92. Alfredo Romero-Muñoz, Co-Founder, Fundacion Cohabitar, Bolivia
  93. Tatjana Rosen, Conservationist, Ilbirs Foundation, Kyrgyzstan
  94. Christof Schenck, Executive Director, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Germany
  95. Jan Schipper, Field Conservation Research Director, Phoenix Zoo, USA
  96. Christoph Schwitzer, Chief Zoological Officer, Bristol Zoological Society, UK
  97. Angela Scott, Author & Wildlife Photographer, UK – Kenya
  98. Jonathan Scott, Author & Wildlife Photographer, UK – Kenya
  99. Derek Scott, Conservationist, Ornithological consultant, Head of the Ornithology Unit at the Iran Department of Environment from October 1970 to March 1976, UK
  100. Justine Shanti Alexander, Snow Leopard Trust, Mongolia
  101. Rohit Singh, President, Rangers Federation Asia, India
  102. Alex Sliwa, Curator – EAZA Felid TAG Chair, Cologne Zoo, Germany
  103. Alaaedin Soultan, Wildlife Conservationist, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency, Egypt
  104. Rob Steinmetz, Ecologist, WWF-Thailand, Thailand
  105. Kulbhushansingh Suryawanshi, Country Director – Snow Leopard Trust, Scientist – Nature Conservation Foundation, India
  106. Anne Kent Taylor, Conservationist, Anne Kent Taylor Foundation, Kenya
  107. Thomas Tennhardt, Vice President, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU),  Germany
  108. Jean Thomas, Tenkile Conservation Alliance, Papua New Guinea
  109. Jim Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, Tenkile Conservation Alliance, Papua New Guinea
  110. Olaf Tschimpke, President, Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU), Germany
  111. Martin Tyson, Technical Advisor, Wildlife Conservation Society-Asia, Malaysia
  112. Lucero Vaca, Wildlife Conservation Network scholar, Mexico
  113. Jonathan Vaughan, Chief Executive Officer, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Malawi
  114. Pedro Vaz Pinto, Managing Director, Kissama Foundation, Angola
  115. Wouter Veening, Chairman – President, Institute for Environmental Security, The Netherlands
  116. Xime Velez Liendo, Conservationist, Museo Historia Natural Alcides D’Orbygni, Bolivia
  117. Gabriela Vigo Trauco, Coordinator, Tambopata Macaw Project, Peru
  118. Jed Weingarten, Conservationist, China
  119. Wietse van der Werf, Executive Director, Sea Ranger Service, The Netherlands
  120. Sue Wilson, Tara Seal Research, UK
  121. Pavel Weinberg, Leading Researcher, North Ossetian State Nature Reserve, Russia
  122. Dana Yermolyonok, Conservationist, Center for Introduction of New Environmentally Safe Technologies, Kazakhstan
  123. Diego Zarrate, Charry Researcher Pro-CAT Internacional, Colombia
347 Signatories from 70 countries

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