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Shane Mahoney Unveils Conservation Visions, a Global Wildlife Initiative
Internationally recognized wildlife authority and expert on the much debated North American Model of Conservation, Shane Mahoney, announces the formal launch of Conservation Visions, a private initiative focused on providing scientific research solutions, strategic review, organizational restructuring, policy development and leadership advice to a range of conservation-minded stakeholders, including industry leaders, governments and NGOs.
Conservation Visions will aim to build broader societal coalitions, and encourage the concept of “citizen conservation,” a term coined by Mahoney. “As Theodore Roosevelt once said, Conservation means development as much as it does protection. His brilliance lay in recognizing that active management and stewardship would eventually prove essential for the conservation of wildlife in the long-term. Conservation was also meant to be a social movement embracing all citizens, but I fear that the global community has drifted away from both these ideas,” says Mahoney. “I look forward to focusing my energies on reinvigorating the idea that wildlife belongs to everyone, and everyone has a responsibility to conserve it.” The new organization will bring Mahoney’s wisdom and expertise to bear on today’s most pressing conservation problems.
Mahoney was employed by the Government of Newfoundland and Labradorfor over thirty years, serving in a variety of leadership roles, but most recently as Executive Director of Sustainable Development and Strategic Science. His extensive field research has been published in numerous articles, appearing in more than twenty independent scientific and peer-reviewed journals. An effective communicator with the broader public, he has published nearly one hundred popular articles, and his work appears regularly in such well-read publications as Sports Afield, North American Hunter, and Game Trails. He has worked in radio, and appeared as host or narrator on a variety of television efforts, including the Sportsman’s Channel’s World of Sports Afield and Boone and Crocket Country. He’s collaborated with media giants such as the British Broadcasting Corporation and National Geographic, to produce award-winning films inCanada, theU.S., andSouth Africa. He has accepted eighteen professional appointments, and currently serves as International Liaison for The Wildlife Society, and Vice-Chair of the Sustainable Use and Livelihoods (SULi) Specialist Group for the United Nations’ World Conservation Union (IUCN.)
Conservation Visions emerged from Mahoney’s profound global experiences and discoveries, both as a wildlife researcher and a natural world explorer. By fusing science, collaborative management and a passionate concern for nature with emotive speaking, writing and filmmaking, the organization will seek to develop business relationships and solutions that will help to advance conservation and the idea of stewardship in the 21st century.
Conservation Visions’ motto neatly summarizes Shane’s vision: “One Natural World, One Humanity, One Chance… Conservation Matters.”