From theory to practice, without bluster
This chapter describes the Canid Action Plan, the result of deliberations of the Canid Specialist Group (CSG), one of more than 120 groups of specialists with a taxonomic focus on conservation under the aegis of the Species Survival Commission (SSC) of the IUCN—the World Conservation Union. The plan includes contributions from more than ninety specialists and has been reviewed by a further eighty. Two interesting topics are explored on the basis of the priorities submitted by these specialists: first, we can gain a sense of the types of knowledge that are judged still to be lacking from the canid conservationist's armory; and, second, we can learn something of the preoccupations and thought processes of the contributing specialists (and perhaps some strengths and weaknesses of the action planning process). Although some proposed projects encompass several topics and some blend into actions, most can readily be assigned to one of ten research themes; these themes are discussed.
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