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Making choices to conserve the world’s species: what, where and when?

A discussion on extent of the species conservation problem (there is much more to do than we can manage) and the choices that are made by conservation practitioners to achieve the best that we can.

Conserving species is becoming more urgent as the pressures on natural areas intensify. There are increasing numbers of threatened species facing different problems in habitats all over the world. Unfortunately, there are many more problems than can be solved with the limited resources available to conservation bodies. So how do conservation biologists go about choosing what to focus on first, or where to invest most conservation funding?

There are both scientific and personal answers to this question. Scientifically-based methods can help to optimally allocate resources given a clearly stated desired endpoint or goal. But there are several alternative kinds of possible goals for species conservation that are not necessarily convergent. This meeting will bring together conservation science professionals from a range of organizations to debate the issues and see if there can be a shared species conservation science.


Sir John Lawton CBE FRS | talks
Professor Georgina Mace FRS | talks
Dr Jonathan Baillie | talks
Professor Hugh Possingham | talks
Dr Mark Avery | talks


Date and Time:

19 May 2009 at 6:30 pm


1 hour



The Royal Society
6-9 Carlton House Terrace
+44 20 74 51 2500

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This panel discussion is FREE - no ticket or advanced booking required.

Doors open at 5.45pm and seats will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

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