We can only work together, not alone or even against each other

Coop­er­a­tion is cru­cial for a project like the Parosphromenus project. This is one of the sig­nif­i­cant improve­ments which have been imple­mented in 2010 com­pared to the ini­tial phase.

It is not pos­si­ble to run a project like this suc­cess­fully within the frame of just one sin­gle organ­i­sa­tion. From the begin­ning we have approached each expert and every seri­ously inter­ested per­son, no mat­ter to which organ­i­sa­tion she/​he belongs. A one-​sided tie to a cer­tain organ­i­sa­tion hin­ders a fact-​oriented inter­na­tional project. The “Arbeits­ge­mein­schaft Pracht­gu­ramis” of the IGL, the nucleus of the project, will remain an impor­tant cen­tre. Still this work­ing group has the largest con­cen­tra­tion of Parosphromenus friends worldwide.

But other organ­i­sa­tions are now our coequal part­ners; today we pro­mote the mat­ter of the licorice gouramis as part of a net­work. Within the Parosphromenus-​Project we explic­itly avoid frag­men­ta­tion of forces and in con­trast aim to con­sol­i­date all avail­able resources under the umbrella of an inde­pen­dent net­work, which works vol­un­tar­ily , does not require a costly mem­ber­ship and gath­ers together any­one who is inter­ested in the exis­tence of these fish. This com­prises the fol­low­ing groups:

In Europe among others

  • Shoal Freswa­ter con­ser­va­tion — Leader Michael Balzer
  • Chester Zoo — Con­tact — Aquar­ium team­leader Andrea Swatman
  • the EATA
  • the „Euro­pean Ana­ban­toid Club“ (AKL/​EAC)
  • the Ger­man umbrella organ­i­sa­tion VDA
  • the IGL
  • the French CIL
  • the Eng­lish AAGB
  • the Swiss umbrella organ­i­sa­tion of aquar­ium– and ter­rar­ium societies
  • and fur­ther national societies
  • but also sin­gle organ­i­sa­tions which sup­port our work (for exam­ple through for­ma­tion of a small work­ing group licorice gouramis)

In the USA our net­work sup­ports, among others

  • the “Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­can Aquar­ium Soci­eties” (FAAS)

In Asia this com­prises among others:

  • the “Team Borneo”
  • Betta Soci­ety of Malaysia
  • Wildlife Soci­ety of Indonesia

Among the big muse­ums we are coop­er­at­ing with:

  • Nat­ural His­tory Museum London
  • Raf­fles National Museum of Singapore
  • Sarawak State Museum Kuching

Fur­ther coop­er­at­ing research organ­i­sa­tions are among others:

  • the Fish-​BOL-​group in Guelph/​Kanada
  • or The South East Asia Research Cen­tre Hongkong

Only as part of the net­work we can have suc­cess. Any form of con­ser­va­tion has no chance if it is just an ini­tia­tive of a sin­gle group or organ­i­sa­tion. The alter­na­tive would be an insti­tu­tion which could organ­ise this, based on large finan­cial resources and jobs. But in the case of Parosphromenus spp nobody would be able to raise the needed money.

Eata IGL eac-akl betta society of malaysia team borneo

Wildlife conservation Society southeast Asia Research Centre

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