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IUCN/SCC Otter Specialist Group Bulletin
Many of you attended the VII. International Otter Symposium, which was held in Trebon from 13-20/03/1998. In my opinion we had a very fruitful congress with many interesting presentations, both orally and on posters. There were also many interesting discussions in the bar and lounge of the Hotel. In addition - and very important for our group - we had the chance to meet friends again or to make the first personal contact with colleagues whom we only know from publications or e-mails. It was a great pleasure for me to meet so many of the subscribers of the IUCN Otter Specialist Group Bulletin. Thank you all for the encouraging comments you gave me. I hope that I can fullfil all the expectations for the next issues of the Bulletin, which I will edit until we meet for the VIIIth International Otter Symposium in Chile, around the end of 2001.
In the last issue I included a letter on the financial problems of the Bulletin. Many of you responded to this, either by sending money or by giving a contribution to me in Trebon. The list of these names is too long to be included in the Editorial Note. Nevertheless, Dr. V. Nagulu should get a particular mention as he prepared a poster on the otter in India which was sold to many of the attendants of the Trebon meeting. The whole proceeds of this action were donated to the Bulletin and I express my great thankfullness towards him and the Asian Otter Group for this overwhelming gift.
Presently, the larger part of the printing costs of the next Bulletin (no. 15/2) are already financed. The money for the postage still has to be found. In Trebon it was decided (see Recommendations in this issue) that, in the near future, those of you who can afford it should contribute to the Bulletin. I will inform you in the next Bulletin how this can be organized in a most cost effective way. Nevertheless, this will be voluntary and nobody will be removed from the mailing list.
Kevin Roche (Trebon) will function as a reader for those contributions, which are not reviewed by at least one native speaker. Jessica Groenendijk and Frank Hajek are acknowledged for the translation of a short notice. I have to thank the „Otter Bulletin Team“ Barbara Gutleb-Rainer (Oosterbeek), Hans van den Berg (Wageningen) and Els Hoogsteede-Veens (Grafisch Service Centrum Van Gils, Wageningen) for all their invaluable help with this issue. Without the help of Tobias the envelopes would have been later at the post office.
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