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Protected areas: are they safeguarding biodiversity?

Protected areas spearhead our response to the rapidly accelerating biodiversity crisis. However, while the number of protected areas has been growing rapidly over the past 20 years, the extent to which the world’s protected areas are effectively conserving species, ecosystems, and ecosystem services is poorly understood.


Protected areas spearhead our response to the rapidly accelerating biodiversity crisis. However, while the number of protected areas has been growing rapidly over the past 20 years, the extent to which the world’s protected areas are effectively conserving species, ecosystems, and ecosystem services is poorly understood. This information is essential for understanding the global, regional and national status and trends of the world’s biodiversity and is required in order to develop a strategic response to the Convention on Biological Diversity’s 2020 targets. It is also essential for assessing the overall role of protected areas in biodiversity conservation and identifying where protected areas need to be further integrated with other conservation efforts to achieve effective species conservation. A better understanding of which protected areas are more successful at conserving intact wildlife populations, and which are not, will enable the identification of conditions and management practices that lead to successful protection.

This symposium will provide a synthetic analysis of the world’s protected area portfolio. A key theme will be to identify components of the current portfolio: how is it funded, managed and monitored, and to ask how protected areas have performed from a biodiversity conservation perspective. The symposium will also address how we can most effectively manage the portfolio into the future, and identify the new tools and technologies, including governance and financing mechanisms, necessary for ensuring effective biodiversity preservation within the global protected area network.


Speaker(s):

Lucas Joppa | talks
Ben Collen | talks
Bastian Bertsky | talks
Linda Krueger | talks
Tom Brooks | talks
Corey Bradshaw | talks
Luigi Boitoini | talks
Megan Barnes | talks
Alex Pfaff | talks
Dr Nathalie Pettorelli | talks | www
James Watson | talks
Dr Tim O'Brien | talks | www
Nigel Dudley | talks
Madhu Rao | talks
Joe Walston | talks
Eric Sanderson | talks
Kathy McKinnon | talks
Mark Zimsky | talks
Charles Bescancon | talks
Nigel Leader-Williams | talks

 

Date and Time:

8 November 2012 at 9:00 am

Duration:

Full Day

 

Venue:

Huxley Lecture Theatre
ZSL London Zoo
Regent's Park
London
NW1 4RY
020 7 4496227
http://www.zsl.org/science/whats-on

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Tickets:

Full rate: £140 for 2 days, £70 for students, members and fellows

Available from:

http://www.zsl.org/science/events/protected-areas-symposium or by contacting megan.orpwood-russell@zsl.org

Additional Information:

This is a two day event.

Any queries, please contact megan.orpwood-russell@zsl.org

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