Monday, 22 November 2021, 08h30 to 09h00 (SAST)
- Welcome address by Kwezi Mzilikazi ICZ 2021 Congress Chair
- Welcome address by Zhibin Zhang President International Society of Zoological Sciences
- Video montage of South Africa
Nov. 23rd, South Africa time
Chair: Zhibin Zhang, ISZS President
08:00-08:05: Opening remarks, John Buckeridge, ISZS AC Chair (5 minutes, 8:00-8:05).
Section 1, ISZS Reports (Zhibin Zhang)
- 8:05-8:15: ISZS Secretariat Report, Ming Liu, ISZS office (10 minutes).
- 8:15-8:25: Journal Report, Wenhua Xiong, Integrative Zoology (10 minutes,).
- 8:25-8:35: Comments and observations on the reports above (10 minutes).
- 8:35-8:36: Acceptance of the above reports (1 minutes).
Section 2, Statute Amendment
- 8:36-8:41: Statute Amendment Report, Yvon Le Maho, ISZS EC (5 minutes).
- 8:41-8:42: Acceptance of the amended Statute (1 minute).
Section 3, Additional new members of the ISZS Advisory Committee
- 8:42-8:47: Report on the 4 new nominees to the ISZS Advisory Committee, Zhibin Zhang, ISZS president (5 minutes).
- 8:47-8:48: Acceptance of new members to the Advisory Committee (1 minute).
- 8:48-8:50: Report on the nominees as the President Emeritus of ISZS, Zhibin Zhang, ISZS president (2 minutes).
- 8:50-8:51: Acceptance of the President Emeritus (1 minute).
Section 4, Executive Committee Election
- 8:51-9:01: Report on the results of Executive Committee election, John Buckeridge, ISZS AC Chair (10 minutes).
- 9:01-9:02: Acceptance of new officers and members to the Executive Committee (1 minute).
Section 5, XXIV ICZ (2025) next venue
- 9:02-9:07: Proposal by Secretariat of ISZS on holding the XXIV ICZ in China in 2025, Zhibin Zhang (5 minutes).
- 9:07-9:08: Acceptance of the proposal (1 minute).
Nov. 24th, South Africa time
Chair: Zhibin Zhang, ISZS Executive Director.
Section 1, 17:00-17:10: Video for presenting Africa (10 minutes).
Section 2, Remarks of local organizers
- 17:10-17:20: Remarks of Andre Ganswindt, the President of ZSSA (10 minutes).
Section 3, Young Scientist Award
- 17:20-17:40: Report on the results of Young Scientist Award, Marcel Holyoak, ad hoc chair (20 minutes; incl. short remarks from 2 recipients, each 5 minutes).
Section 4, Outstanding Contribution Award
- 17:40-18:00: Report on the results of Outstanding Contribution Award, Nils Stenseth, ad hoc (20 minutes; incl. short remarks from the 2 winners, each 5 minutes).
Section 5, Best Oral Presentation and Poster Awards
- 18:00-18:10: Report on the results of best oral presentation and poster awards, Kwezi Mzilikazi, the Chairperson of the ICZ 2021 conference (10 minutes).
Section 6, Statement from the newly elected ISZS president
- 18:10-18:20: Remarks from the newly elected ISZS President (10 minutes).
Monday, 22nd November 2021: 17h00-18h30
Threatened species in South Africa’s marine protected area (MPA) network: the road to the next 5%, and 30% by 2030
Facilitator: Dr. Kendyl Wright, WildOceans
Dr. Jared Bosire
Prof. Nick Dulvy
IUCN SSC Shark Specialist Group
Nina Faure Beaulieu
Nelson Mandela University
The achievement of an expanded network of MPAs in South Africa to 5% is a conservation success story, and although still effectively being rolled out and taking shape, it is important to consider the particular challenges faced by highly threatened taxonomic groups. In particular, the recent IUCN Red List review of sharks, rays, skates, and chimaeras has shown that this group is one of the most threatened in our oceans and requires urgent attention for increased spatial protection for their essential habitats. Regionally, the Western Indian Ocean IUCN Red List report has shown that 43% of chondrichthyans are threatened, primarily by overfishing. How do we integrate findings that highlight particular challenges and highly threatened species such as sharks and rays, as MPA networks across the African region continue to expand? As groups push for 30% ocean protection through MPAs by 2030, with differing views on how to best get there, we need a regional perspective of the lessons learned to ensure that communication, conservation, and community engagement continue to be top-of-mind in not only South African, but African MPA expansion
Tuesday, 23rd November 2021: 17h00-18h30
Genetic management guidelines for African mammals: Taking science to policy and practice
Facilitator: Prof. Yoshan Moodley, University of Venda & IUCN SSC Conservation Genetics Specialist Group
Dr. Isa-Rita Russo
Cardiff University & IUCN SSC Conservation Genetics Specialist Group
Dr. Deon de Jager
University of Pretoria
Dr. Anri van Wyk
University of Pretoria
Prof. Paulette Bloomer
University of Pretoria
The wildlife industry in Africa has grown rapidly over the past decades and contributes significantly to the economy through hunting, meat production and ecotourism. As a result of the growth of this industry, a significant number of large mammals are traded and translocated to areas where they had previously been extirpated, but also to areas where they never occurred before. Translocations that are not guided by an understanding of genetic structure and genetic processes may threaten the genetic integrity of species and the long-term resilience of both species and ecosystems.
Genetic diversity is a fundamental and core part of the definition of biodiversity, and yet it is often underrepresented in local, national and international conservation policies and approaches. The last two years have seen an active and, at times, challenging debate on the inclusion of genetics in the Convention on Biological Diversity Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, hopefully leading to the adoption of a meaningful framework for monitoring, measuring and reporting on genetic diversity. However, the management of genetic diversity generally happens at a local level based on decisions by officials, conservationists and landowners who may not be capacitated to consider the implications of decisions on genetic diversity. This is exacerbated by knowledge gaps, a disconnect between research and decision-makers, and a failure to integrate genetics into biodiversity management guidelines.
In this panel discussion we present an overview of recent attempts to synthesise the genetic science and an understanding of natural distributions and evolutionary and ecological processes into a series of concise management guidelines for translocations in southern Africa. These guidelines will be applicable to conservation practitioners, the wildlife industry, and governments, and may serve as a model for broader pan-African guidelines. In the discussion, we seek ideas for partnerships to urgently improve collection of genetic samples and data sharing across Africa, and for ideas on the process of converting the science into guidelines useful for decision-makers. We propose that this process may have application elsewhere in the world, and will move us towards achieving the Post-2020 genetic diversity goals
Wednesday, 24th November 2021: 15h30-17h00
Responsible hunting contributing to the conservation of Africa’s species and ecosystems
Facilitator: Angus Middleton, Namibia Nature Foundation
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
Danene van der Westhuizen
Namibia Professional Hunting Association
Prof. Joseph Mbaiwa
University of Botswana
South African Hunters and Game Conservation Association
Hunters often refer to themselves as conservationists, but how does hunting contribute to conservation? Calls for banning of the transport and import of hunting trophies would seem to suggest that there is a belief that hunting is a threat to wildlife from Africa.
What is generally not well understood is the role of government regulation and oversight of the hunting sector, and the role of scientifically derived data on population status and trend in the determination of quotas. The hunting sector is also governed by codes of conduct to ensure ethical practices, promote conservation of the species, and ensure community and livelihood benefits. Large areas of land are set aside to allow for hunting and this land use contributes significantly to the conservation of a host of other species and habitats, while the income from hunting supports the livelihoods of many across the value chain. The income from hunting also often creates an incentive for local people and landowners to continue living with species that are risks to crops and lives, and that compete with livestock.
In this session a range of speakers from government, academia and the hunting sector will explore these issues and discuss the role of responsible hunting in contributing to conservation in southern Africa.