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Hohhot declaration

XXI International Grasslands Congress/VIII International Rangeland Congress

June 2008, Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, China

We, the participants of the World Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative,

recognize that:

Considering that temperate indigenous grasslands provide environmental services essential for life on earth as a source of food, fibre, human livelihoods and well-being, cultural and biological diversity, the recharge of aquifers and the sequestration of carbon, particularly in the face of global climate change;

Agreeing that temperate indigenous grasslands are terrestrial ecosystems dominated by herbaceous and shrub vegetation, maintained by grazing, fire, drought and/or low temperatures and that all of these processes are dynamic and display great variability in terms of time, extent, intensity and place;

Recognizing the opportunities that temperate indigenous grasslands provide in feeding people, it is imperative to maintain the genetic diversity of grassland systems;

Realizing the importance of temperate indigenous grasslands to the life and cultural survival of mobile indigenous peoples and the value of indigenous knowledge as well as the accumulated experience of traditional indigenous temperate grasslands users;

Acknowledging that temperate indigenous grasslands are currently considered among the most imperiled ecosystems on the planet, having been modified by human activity to such a degree that most grasslands have been transformed and very little remains in a natural state;

Recognizing that the remaining areas of natural grassland continue to be threatened by inappropriate policies that lead to loss of grassland, as well as unsustainable land use and management practices;

Acknowledging that success will require participatory management approaches and partnerships among all sectors to ensure the integration of production and biodiversity conservation outcomes for the continued provision of grassland ecological goods and services;

Recognizing the importance of strengthening indigenous territories, community conserved areas and the establishment of new protected areas;

Recognizing that one of the most important opportunities for collaboration is ensuring worldwide societal recognition of the enduring value of natural grasslands;  

Developing and implementing incentives for good land stewardship, restoration and the sustainable management of indigenous temperate grasslands is essential to guaranteeing their sustainable use as healthy working environments.

Therefore, we the participants of the Hohhot World Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative Workshop from five continents and 14 countries, declare that temperate indigenous grasslands are critically endangered and urgent action is required to protect and maintain the services they provide to sustain human life.  We call upon all sectors of society to collaborate towards this goal.

Signatories to the HOHHOT DECLARATION

The World Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative Workshop

Li Bo, China

John MacKinnon, China

Dr. Wu Ning, China

Dr. Luo Peng, China

Gendensengee Enkhtaivan, Mongolia

Enebish Tumurbaatar, Mongolia

Eugene Simonov, Russia

Ilya Smelaynsky, Russia

Dr. Tatiana Tkachuk, Russia

Dr. Clinton Carbutt, South Africa

Anthea Stephens, South Africa

Mahlodi Tau, South Africa

Dr. Alan Mark, New Zealand

Dr. Katherine Dickinson, New Zealand

Dr. Louise Gilfedder, Australia

Dr. Bronwyn Myers, Australia

Dr. Dick Williams, Australia

Dr. Ian Lunt, Australlia

Dr. Taghi Farver, Iran

Jalil Noroozi, Iran

Karsten Wesche, Germany

Jeff Hardesty, United States

Susan Antenen, United States

Bill Henwood, Canada

Bruno Delesalle, Canada

Bob Peart, Canada

Ed Wiken, Canada

Robert Hofstede, Ecuador

Andrea Michelson, Ecuador

Jurgen Hoth, Mexico

Elizabeth Juliana Jacobo, Argentina

Ulises Martinez, Argentina

Fernando Olmos, Uruguay

Bill HenwoodProject Director
Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative
c/o Parks Canada 300-300 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia CANADA V6B 6B4
Tel: 604-666-0285; Fax: 604-666-0446
bill.henwood@pc.gc.ca

Alan Mark
Deputy Project Director
Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative
c/o Botany Department, Otago University
P.O. Box 56, Dunedin NEW ZEALAND
Tel: +64-3-479-7573; Fax: +64-3-479-7583
amark@otago.ac.nz

Pimolwan Singhawong
Secretary
IUCN Asia Regional Office
63 Sukhumvit Soi 39 (Prompong)
Wattana, Bangkok 10110, THAILAND
Tel: + 66 (0)2 662 4029 ext 133; Fax: + 66 (0)2 662 4387
Mobile: + 66 (0)81 373 1020.
singhawong@iucnt.org

Siobhan Denniss
Conservation Project Officer
Regional Protected Areas Programme, Asia
IUCN Asia Regional Office
63 Sukhumvit, Soi 39 (Prompong)
Wattana, Bangkok – 10110 THAILAND
Tel: + 662 662 4029 Ext: 152 Fax: + 662 662 4387
siobhan@iucnt.org

Bob Peart, R.P.Bio
Project Coordinator
Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative
11166 Willow Road
Sidney, British Columbia CANADA V8L 5K6
Tel: (250) 655-0250; Fax: (250) 655-0297
bobpeart@shaw.ca

Australia

Dr. Dick Williams
Plant Ecologist
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
PMB 44 Winnellie, Darwin
NT 0822 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 8 89448426; Fax: +61 8 89448444
dick.williams@csiro.au

Dr Bronwyn A. Myers
Senior Research Fellow
School of Environmental and Life Sciences
Charles Darwin University
Darwin NT 0909 AUSTRALIA
Tel: +61 8 89466726
bronwyn.myers@cdu.edu.au

Louise Gilfedder
Senior Conservation Scientist
Private Land Conservation Program
Department of Primary Industries and Water
4th floor, Lands Building
134 Macquarie Street
P.O. Box 44 Hobart 7001
Tasmania, AUSTRALIA
Tel:+ 61 3 62338538; Fax:+ 61 3 62238603
Louise.Gilfedder@dpiw.tas.gov.au

Ian Lunt
Senior Lecturer
The Johnstone Centre, Charles Sturt University
PO Box 789, Albury NSW, 2640 AUSTRALIA
Tel: (02) 60 519 624, Fax: (02) 60 519 897
ilunt@csu.edu.au

New Zealand

Assoc. Prof. Katharine and J.M. Dickinson
Botany Department, University of Otago
PO Box 56, Dunedin 9054 NEW ZEALAND
kath.dickinson@botany.otago.ac.nz

China

Dr. Wu Ning
Chengdu Institute of Biology, CAS
Chengdu 610041 CHINA
E-mail: Wuning@cib.ac.cn

Dr Luo Peng
Chengdu Institute of Biology, CAS
Chengdu 610041 CHINA
luopeng@cib.ac.cn

Matt Durnin
Hulunbeir Grassland Project
Inner Mongolia, CHINA
mdurnin@tnc.org

Xie Yan
WCPA Regional VC for East Asia
CHINA
xieyan@ioz.ac.cn

John Mackinnon
EU-China Biodiversity Programme
Room 1005 Tengda Plaza
168 Xizhimenwai Avenue
Beijing CHINA 100044
Tel: +861088575621
arcbc_jrm@hotmail.com

Mongolia

Enebish Tumurbaatar
Founding Director
Center for Ecosystem Management
Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA
Tel: 976-11-352598
etumur@magicnet.mn or etumur@yahoo.com

Dr. A. Namkhai
Director, Department of Protected Area Management
Ministry of Nature and Environment of Mongolia
Baga toiruu-44, Govt.Bldg-3
Ulaanbaatar, MONGOLIA
Tel: 976-11-312428, 267675; Fax: 976-11-321401
namkhai@mne.gov.mn

Susan Antenen
Mongolia Project Director
The Nature Conservancy
322 Eighth Ave, 16th Floor
New York, NY 10001 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Tel: Mobile: 011- 303-250-3039 in USA; 976- 99-641573 in Mongolia
santenen@tnc.org

Dr. Maria Fernandez Gimenez
Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry
200A Natural Resources
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523 UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Tel: 970-491-0409
gimenez@warnercnr.colostate.edu

Russia

Eugene Simonov
Science Division of Daursky Biosphere Reserve
Coordinator of Virtual Information
WWF Amur Ecoregional Programme
Haping Street 107-11 Door #1, Apt 401
150040 Heilongjiang Province
Haerbin City, Haping. CHINA
esimonovster@gmail.com

Dr. Tatianan Tkachuk
Science Division of Daursky Biosphere Reserve
Chita State University
Department of Ecology
Babushkin Street
Chita City, RUSSIA
ttkachuk@zabspu.ru

Mr. Ilya Smelaynsky
Program Coordinator and Editor of the Steppe Bulletin
NGO Siberian Environment Center (Sibecocenter)
P.O. Box 547, Novosibirsk, 630090 RUSSIA
Tel/Fax: + 7-383-3630059, Mobile +7-913-4530601
ilya@ecoclub.nsu.ru (temporarily not working), oppia@yandex.ru

Iran

Jalil Noroozi
MSc Plant Ecology
School of Biology, College of Science
University of Tehran,
Enghelab Street, Shanezdahe Azar St.
Tehran, IRAN
noroozi.jalil@gmail.com

South America

Robert Hofstede
Director Regional (ad interim)
IUCN – SUR
Calle Quiteño Libre 249 y La Cumbre
Quito, ECUADOR
robert.hofstede@sur.iucn.org

Ulises Martinez
Agriculture Engenier
Responsible of Agro and Envireonment Project
Fundación Vida Silvestre Argentina
Defensa 251, 6° k -(C1065AAC)
Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Tel: +5411 4331 3631 ext 37 Cel: +54911 5403 3637
agrisust@vidasilvestre.org.ar

Andrea Michelson
IUCN – SUR
Calle Quiteño Libre 249 y La Cumbre
Quito, ECUADOR
andrea.michelson@sur.iucn.org

Millaray de la Luz Hernandez Erazo
Miluhue Consultores
Patagonia CHILE
E-mail: Luz <miluhe@yahoo.com>

Fernando Olmos
Ingeniero Agronomo / MSc / PhD
Investigador Ecofisiología de Pasturas
J. Varela 349 Tacuarembó URUGUAY
Tel: 598 63 23 505
folmos@tb.inia.org.uy

Africa

Dr. Clinton Carbutt
Principal Conservation Planner
Planning Division (IEM Section)
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife
PO Box 13053, Cascades 3202
KwaZulu-Natal, SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: +27 (033) 845 1468; Fax: +27 (033) 845 1499
carbuttc@kznwildlife.com

Anthea Stephens
Grasslands Programme Manager
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
Private Bag X101, Pretoria, 0001 SOUTH AFRICA
Tel: +27 12 843 5289; Fax: +27 86 692
stephens@sanbi.org

Mahlodi Tau
Grasslands Programme Officer
Grasslands Programme
South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI)
Private Bag X101 Pretoria 0001 SOUTH AFRICA
Tel No: 012 843 5291
Fax No: 012 843 5208
E-mail: tau@sanbi.org

Karsten Wesche
Dept. of Ecology and Ecosystems Research
Albrecht-von-Haller-Institute for Plant Sciences
University of Goettingen
Untere Karspuele 2
D-37073 Goettingen GERMANY
Tel: 0551 39 5723 Fax 0551 39 3501
karsten.wesche@botanik.uni-halle.de

Ukraine

Evgeny Borovyk
Luganksy Nature Reserve
Streltsovskaya Steppe UKRAINE
borovy@mail.ru

North America

Jürgen Hoth
Ecosystem Restoration
World Wildlife Fund
Chihuahuan Desert Program
Coronado 1005, Col. Centro
Chihuahua, Chih. 31000, MEXICO
Tel: +52 (6|4) 415 7526 ext 111
jhoth@wwfmex.org

Ed B. Wiken
CPRC Fellow
P.O. Box 59012, Ottawa, Ontario CANADA KiG 5T7
Tel: 613 291-3109
E-mail: edwiken@rogers.com

Bruno Delesalle
Executive Director
Grasslands Conservation Council of British Columbia
954-A Laval Crescent
Kamloops, British Columbia CANADA V2C 5P5
Tel: 250-374-5787; Fax: 250-374-6287
E-mail: bruno.delesalle@bcgrasslands.org

Jeff Hardesty
The Nature Conservancy
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611UNITED STATES
Tel: 352-392-7006
E-mail: jhardesty@tnc.org

Cliff Wallis
Vice-President
Alberta Wilderness Association
Box 6398 Station D
Calgary, AB CANADA T2P 2E1
Tel 403 2832025
Email: deercroft@shaw.ca

Taghi Farvar
Secretary General
World Alliance of Mobile Indigenous Peoples (WAMIP)
& Chair, IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic and Social Policy (CEESP)
c/o CENESTA
142 Azerbaijan Ave
13169 Tehran, Iran

Li Bo
Vice Chair, CEESP (see above)
8-102 Huaqiao gongyu, Anhuili Sanqu,
Chaoyang District, 100101
Beijing, PRC
+8613888727121
qianhushan@gmail.com






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