Minister of State Joseph Harmon has talked up conservation of the jaguar for sustainable development in a recent address at the 2030 High-Level Jaguar Forum, held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
Minister Harmon told the forum that it is critical to demonstrate how jaguar conservation policies and actions are aligned with national goals and objectives for climate mitigation/adaption and biodiversity conservation, and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
“It is clear that new, innovative tools and approaches are urgently required for strongholds and connectivity be secured and existing gaps to be filled, given the intensification of current and emerging threats.
“To address these challenges, a regional approach is required with a common vision for the future of the jaguar and its habitats, and the well-being and sustainable development of communities residing in jaguar landscapes,” the minister said.
He also noted the need for deepening regional collaboration that helps scale up local efforts around jaguar conservation and replicate best practices within and across range country borders.
Innovative approaches, including those in jaguar-livestock conflict, need to be identified, tested and rolled out to promote government and private sector partnerships.
Such collaboration, Minister Harmon said can serve as the foundation for solid and sustained regional effort to secure the ecological health of jaguar landscapes across the species’ range.
Cross-border and regional plans focused on jaguar connectivity have been absent until the Jaguar Corridor Initiative, which is currently the focus of Panthera and its co-operators throughout jaguar range.
The jaguar is the largest apex mammalian carnivore in Latin America, ranging over areas in 18 countries and is a critical component of healthy, functioning vertebrae communities, as well as of healthy ecosystems which are a foundation not only for wildlife conservation but for peoples’ well-being.