Grounds and Motivation
Obtaining up-to-date assessments of the conservation status of Argentine mammals is a priority for this Committee, given that environmental degradation and fragmentation pose a threat to mammal species.
Our Society, formed by specialized mammalogists, can provide knowledgeable advice on the conservation of mammals to governmental and non-governmental agencies. This is the main task of this Committee.
- To provide updated information on the conservation status of the mammal species that inhabit Argentina, according to international standards and methods. An additional purpose that stems from this goal is the generation of a database with information on the conservation status of Argentine mammals, especially those considered as endangered or vulnerable.
- To provide updated information on the main regional threats (deforestation, mining practices, hunting, etc.) to the conservation of Argentine mammals in each province.
- To generate documents that may serve as guidelines to governmental and non-governmental agencies, to contribute to decision-making that impacts on the conservation status of Argentine mammals.
- To promote interaction with other mammal societies from countries that have species in common with Argentina, in order to combine conservation efforts beyond the political boundaries of our country.
This Committee will be formed by members of SAREM, preferably working in conservation issues. One of them should coordinate the Committee, and be responsible for keeping files with information on the conservation status of Argentine mammals. There is no limit to the number of members of this Committee; it would be preferable if all regions of Argentina were represented.
Members of this Committee will gather updated information on the main environmental risks that affect their respective regions, and have in-depth knowledge of threats to mammals at regional level, the status of mammalial populations (especially for endangered or vulnerable species), and current data on the status of protected areas as well as other natural areas not under governmental or private protection.
The Committee coordinator may suggest, via SAREM’s Directive Board, the opinion of a Foreign or Local expert to act as a consultant.
When deemed necessary by the members of the committee, reports and/or requests may be submitted to SAREM’s Directive Board for discussion.
On the Terms of Office and Replacements
Members of this Committee will have a two year mandate, after which the coordinator will be replaced. The outgoing coordinator may remain as ordinary member of the new Conservation Committee. Outside of these terms, the coordinator may be replaced due to personal circumstances, or asked to resign by SAREM’s Directive Board if in some way their actions go against SAREM’s guidelines.
In order to ensure the continuity of the guidelines embraced by this Committee, its members will be alternately replaced, so that half of them remain in office for a second term. Members to be maintained and renewed will be designated by the Directive Board.
Member resignation should allow enough time for the Directive Board to find a replacement without interfering with the proposed schedule of goals and activities. Outgoing members shall transfer all documentation and information pertaining to developing tasks to the new members.
To maintain updated information on the level of protection and preservation provided by natural areas, especially for native mammals and their environments.
To gather information on the conservation status of each species of mammal in Argentina, to categorize them or suggest changes to their current category. Categorization should follow or agree with international and/or national guidelines.
The Committee coordinator, based on the working possibilities of the Committee, will chose the methods with which to gather, process and publicize the generated information.
An annual report of activities will be presented to SAREM’s Directive Board. This report will be appended to the Annual Memoir presented by SAREM’s Directive Board at SAREM’s Annual Meeting.
To elaborate a draft document on the conservation status of Argentine mammals and their environment.
Martín Kowalewski (Coordinador), Carlos Borghi, Lucila Castro, María de las Mercedes Guerisoli, Diego Varela, Lucia Soler y Marcela Orozco.