AHEAD Update – January 2005
Dear AHEAD colleagues:
* I hope the New Year is treating you well so far.
* I should again note that if you wish to be removed from this e-mail
list please just let me know. My hope is to keep parties interested in AHEAD up-to-date
on developments post-Durban World Parks Congress over time, but I certainly
understand if anyone wants to opt out of receiving such messages. Updates
are also posted (and archived) on the AHEAD website
* The AHEAD website (www.wcs-ahead.org) has a new introductory 2 minute Quicktime video clip: just click on the cheetah! Please let us know if you are able to view it where you are, and whether you think it is a reasonable introduction to AHEAD for the interested general public. And please remember that the website is yours to use. A number of Working Groups now have documents posted, and we encourage you to utilize the site if it helps you in terms of coordination and information-sharing. Comments on the site most welcome! Thank you.
*The AHEAD Great Apes/Human Health Working Group is now finalizing the short version of their consensus document, "Protecting African Great Apes and Conservation Employees through Occupational Health Programs: Practical Considerations." We hope to have the final version up on the AHEAD website at http://www.wcs-ahead.org/workinggrps_greatapes.html as a PDF shortly.
*The components of the AHEAD Proceedings have been sent to IUCN to be forwarded to their Publications Unit (whew!), where they will be prepared for layout and printing. Given the fact that full manuscripts were not due at the September 2003 AHEAD launch in Durban but were submitted during the months that followed, we're actually doing fairly well, schedule-wise. While I envision this next pre- and post- galleys phase will take several months, I can say the book is extremely impressive in scope, thematic cohesiveness, and in the quality of your papers. In short, I believe it will be worth the extraordinary effort that has been put into it by many of you. More news on the publication's progress to follow in the months to come.
If you have items for the next AHEAD Update, please
just let me know – thanks.