When I joined CSVPA in 2008, following the World Conservation Congress in Barcelona, I was immediately struck by the level and nature of debate in the group. Members did not and do not use the group only to exchange information, or network – but to brainstorm, to thrash out theoretical issues and develop their own thinking in interaction with other minds. I felt that this was extremely valuable, and that a members was insufficient – hence, this newsletter.
The contributions to its inaugural edition have exceeded my expectations, which were already high. I hope they will not disappoint you. I have been asked where I think this newsletter is headed into future; I think the answer will be determined by its readers and contributors. I offer many thanks to all those who contributed to it and helped make it a reality in different ways, and I hope it makes for a good read, for all of you.