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The SCAR Strategic Plan 2011-2016 called for the formation of a committee to identify sources of external funds and develop a strategy to diversify SCAR’s financial resources beyond membership fees. The council also acts as an 'umbrella' for SCAR funding proposals.

The council is currently considering:

  1. Future membership of the Development Council - how best to extend the core membership;
  2. Promotional Materials - development of new materials such as a new SCAR brochure;
  3. High Likelihood Targets for Fund Raising – main targets for fund raising such as SCAR Capacity Building activities, horizon scanning efforts, climate change communications, conservation efforts etc.;
  4. Partnerships - recognition that fundraising partnerships with other organisations should be pursued when beneficial to all organisations.

The Development Council helped to create a SCAR Brochure in 2014. Download it here.


Rather than following a rigid regional structure, the suggestion is to have a somewhat smaller core membership, supplemented with additional co-opted representatives either for specific scientific activities, or for specific identified solicitation tasks. The current membership is summarised below.

  • Chair – P Convey, UK
  • O Orheim, Norway (opportunities and approaches to Nordic counrties)
  • K Lochte, Germany, VP for Capacity Building, Education and Outreach
  • J Xavier, Portugal
  • S Rajan, India– sub-continental funding opportunities (also SCAR senior visiting fellowships)
  • S Azizan, Malaysia – approaches to non-aligned and Middle Eastern nations/foundations
  • P Barrett, New Zealand
  • E Costa, Brazil –S. American APECS community and opportunities
  • M Aljoaan, Kuwait/Belgium – capacity building, early career, and Middle Eastern opportunities 

Other links and background documents:

Meeting Reports

Note: SCAR Bulletin 183 contains the original Terms of Reference for the Development Council.