We are a hub that brings people and institutions together to boost species conservation efforts in Brazil
The Center for Species Survival Brazil was founded as part of a wave of regional hub lauches under the Reverse the Red global movement that ignites strategic cooperation and action to ensure the survival of wild species and ecosystems. The CSS Brazil Regional Resource Center capitalize on the expertise of the IUCN Species Survival Commission network to assist governments, local NGOs, and communities to scale up conservation targets and meet them.
When Onnie Byers (IUCN SSC Conservation Planning Specialist Group, CPSG), Kira Mileham (IUCN Species Survival Commission, IUCN SSC), and Carmel Croukamp (Parque das Aves) talked across the last conferences of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Berlin and Bangkok, it was clear the huge significance such center would represent for Brazil. Arnaud Desbiez, CPSG Brasil convenor at the time, was the central piece to articulate with the three partners why this would be a remarkable conservation investment. Quickly, a three-way partnership was formed, and an agreement was signed by Jon Paul Rodríguez and all parties in July 2019 to create the center, with its roots in the presence of CPSG in Brazil since 2004, as well as the strong actions of IUCN SSC Specialist Groups in Brazil.
CSS Brazil combines the expertise and resources of the three partners to enhance the IUCN SSC’s capacity to assess, plan, act, and influence policy for species survival. We work in conjunction with the governments, NGOs, zoos, and other organizations and provide conservation expertise, training, and other service and deliverables in Brazil and in the South American region.
CSS Brazil is based on Parque das Aves, Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, Brazil.