Jamieson Copsey

Jamieson Copsey
Conservation Planning Specialist Group · Training

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Introduction
Jamieson Copsey is Director of Training at the IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group (CPSG). He publishes on a range of topics within the field of conservation science including: invasive species management, endangered species recovery, community based conservation and conservation management, leadership and capacity building. Jamie has recently published a book on Species Conservation: Lessons from Islands, with a number of colleagues in the domain of endangered species recovery.

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Publications (40)
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Global perspectives on the pathways for developing capacity for conservation remain limited. Hindering the robustness of solutions is a dearth of opportunities to foster discussion and dialogue among capacity development practitioners, academics, partners, beneficiaries and donors. Additionally, little is known about donor perspectives on capacity...
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Biodiversity loss is one of the greatest global challenges and requires substantial investment in building the capacity of conservation professionals to design and implement robust conservation plans. In this study, we surveyed 155 past participants of training in facilitating species conservation planning processes given by the Conservation Planni...
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Training plays a central role in the pursuit of conservation goals, and it is vital to know if it is having the desired effect. However, evaluating the difference it makes is notoriously challenging. Here, we present a practitioner's perspective on overcoming these challenges and developing a framework for ongoing evaluation of a conservation train...
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Capacity development is increasingly recognized as central to conservation goals. Efforts to develop individual, organizational and societal capacity underpin direct investments in biodiversity conservation and natural resource management, and sustain their impact over time. In the face of urgent needs and increasingly complex contexts for conserva...
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Effective leadership is considered essential for conservation success, but there is currently not enough understanding of what conservation leaders are doing, and what they should be doing, in order to be effective. Other sectors, such as health, commerce, education, industry and the military have studied leadership for decades, and have a good kno...
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Cambridge Core - Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Horticulture and forestry - Species Conservation - edited by Jamieson A. Copsey
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To achieve their conservation goals individuals, communities and organizations need to acquire a diversity of skills, knowledge and information (i.e. capacity). Despite current efforts to build and maintain appropriate levels of conservation capacity, it has been recognized that there will need to be a significant scaling-up of these activities in...
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The need for increased monitoring and evaluation within the conservation sector has been well documented, and includes the monitoring and evaluation of training activities. We evaluated the impacts of a long-term training programme in Mauritius, using a questionnaire and semi-structured key informant interviews to develop a theory of change from th...
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The Asian musk shrew Suncus murinus is an invasive insectivore that first colonised Mauritius in the eighteenth century. It is a significant predator and poses a threat to terrestrial endemic reptiles in Mauritius. On the islet nature reserve Ile Aux Aigrettes, Mauritius, shrews predate juvenile Telfair’s skink Leiolopisma telfairii, limiting the r...
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The Mascarene Islands (Mauritius, Rodrigues, and Réunion) of the western Indian Ocean are home to a diversity of endemic flora and fauna, often linked through close evolutionary and ecological relationships. Owing to a turbulent history of anthropogenic exploitation, contemporary research and habitat restoration efforts are underway on Mauritius an...
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Conservation projects have limited resources and an ever expanding to-do list, presenting a significant leadership challenge. Mid-term evaluations can be informative tools to check how short term activities and resources are achieving long term conservation outcomes. This research study involved a programme evaluation of a successful species recove...
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Towards a Strategic Framework for Comprehensive Conservation Capacity Development
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Wider consideration of human dignity (relating to ourselves, others, and the physical world) enables the design of socioecological conservation interventions that are relevant to people affected by them. However, to embrace the approach, leaders need to dispense with traditional command-and-control assumptions commonly encountered in conservation m...
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The challenges of ecological and environmental change are significant and solutions remain largely under the influence of people and the decisions of governments, interest groups, national and local communities and individuals. Evidence suggests that despite 20 years of effort, conservation initiatives have failed to achieve the targets set for pro...
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Abstract The giant African land snail (Achatina fulica) is one of the world’s worst invasive species, out‐competing endemic snails, consuming native vegetation and potentially altering nutrient cycles. Attempts to eradicate the snail from islands have only been successful with incipient populations. We present correlative evidence that native islan...
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Lake Alaotra is the largest lake on Madagascar and is a centre of rice and freshwater fish production. The lake and its wetland also provide important habitat for endemic wildlife. In 2003 the Alaotra wetland system was designated a Ramsar site and has subsequently been recognized as an official protected area by the Government of Madagascar. While...
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Lac Alaotra is Madagascar's largest lake and a recognized wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention. It supports several Critically Endangered species, including the Alaotran gentle lemur Hapalemur alaotrensis. A principal threat facing the remaining Alaotran wetland is anthropogenic burning of the vegetation during the dry se...
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Captive breeding as a tool for the conservation of Malagasy amphibians: How ready are we to respond to the need? ABSTRACT The Amphibian Conservation Action Plan has proposed captive breeding as a potential tool to address amphibian declines. However this potential can only be realised if sufficient skills and experience exists within captive breedi...
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Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust maintains the only captive population of St Lucia amazons Amazona versicolor outside St Lucia. In 1975 a captive-breeding progamme was established as a safeguard against extinction of A. versicolor in the wild, however, the wild population recovered from a low of 100 birds in the 1970s to between 350 and 500 indi...