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Symposium: Foundations of biodiversity (day 1)

Foundations of biodiversity - a 2-day ZSL symposium (day 1)

While species coverage of vertebrates in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has increased in number each year since the inception of the Red Data Book in the 1960s, coverage of non-vertebrate groups, which represent the majority of the world's biodiversity, has been very poor indeed. This is in stark contrast to the important role non-vertebrates play in the functioning of our ecosystems, thereby providing the very foundations for the existence of more charismatic megafauna and humans alike.

Increasing our knowledge of the conservation status and needs of non-vertebrate groups is one of the major conservation challenges we face today.

The importance of non-vertebrate biodiversity from ecological, social and economic perspectives will be highlighted and a first preliminary overview of the conservation status of selected non-vertebrate taxa will be given. Ways in which we can fill the gaps in our current knowledge will be addressed with regard to taxonomy, conservation strategies and policies, and the prioritisation of research. Most importantly, promoting invertebrate and ecosystem conservation without the need to focus on charismatic megafauna requires us to build more capacity in the field and raise the profile of non-vertebrate biodiversity with the general public.

After all, without the foundations of biodiversity, life on Earth as we know it would be impossible.

Organised by Jonathan Baillie (ZSL), Ben Collen (ZSL), Michael Samways (Stellenbosch University) and Monika Böhm (ZSL)


For further details or to register your interest, please see www.zsl.org/science/scientific-meetings/ or contact Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY; tel: +44 (0)20 7449 6227; fax: +44 (0)20 7449 6411; e-mail: joy.hayward@zsl.org.


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Date and Time:

25 February 2010 at 9:00 am


Full Day



The Zoological Society of London
The Meeting Rooms, London Zoo
Regent's Park (Outer Circle)
0207 449 6227

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£TBC for both days; £TBC per day. 50% discount for students and ZSL members.

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This is a two-day symposium to be held on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 February 2010. Places should be booked in advance and registration will open shortly. Please register your interest with Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Coordinator - joy.hayward@zsl.org or call +44 (0)20 7449 6227 for further details.

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