Biodiversity monitoring and conservation: Symposium
18 - 19 Jun 2009 – 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Bridging the gaps between global commitment and local action - Biodiversity conservation is becoming an increasingly urgent imperative in the face of accelerating degradation of natural ecosystems.
Effective conservation depends on our ability to measure and monitor biodiversity change, and on the responses to biodiversity loss of a wide group of stakeholders and actors, including governments, local communities and the international community.
A range of biodiversity indicators are under development to assess progress towards the 2010 targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). However, whilst the 2010 targets provide an important mechanism by which to assess global biodiversity change, ensuring that appropriate monitoring systems are in place and translating monitoring results into effective conservation on the ground remains a major global challenge for a number of reasons, including financial and technical capacity constraints and policy and legal barriers.
Developing a better understanding of the difficulties faced by countries in meeting their obligations under the CBD and helping bridge the gap between international commitments and local action is the major theme of this symposium. Thus, the symposium will first assess the methodologies and techniques currently available to monitor biodiversity, go on to explore those which are likely to be available in the future, and finally examine how best to ensure that biodiversity monitoring and responses to biodiversity change are incorporated effectively into policy and practice at national and local levels.
The symposium will provide a synopsis of the best current thinking on how to monitor biodiversity loss and how to ensure monitoring results have real impacts on conservation.
Organised by Sarah Durant (ZSL and WCS), Nathalie Pettorelli (ZSL), Ben Collen (ZSL), Linda Krueger (WCS), Matthew Hatchwell (WCS) and Jonathan Baillie (ZSL).
Images (from top): Damiano Luchetti; AK Kepler; Sarah Durant, ZSL; Sarah Durant, ZSL; AK Kepler.
|SYMPOSIUM PROGRAMME - Biodiversity monitoring and conservation: bridging the gaps between global commitment and local action|
Chair: Jon Hutton (UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre)
The importance of biodiversity monitoring (2.7 MB)
National reporting on biodiversity (7.4 MB)
Monitoring in the real world
|SESSION I: THE STATE OF BIODIVERSITY: SPECIES-BASED INDICES|
Chair: Jonathan Loh (WWF International)
National Red List and biodiversity monitoring (5.8 MB)
The Wildlife Picture Index
The Living Planet Index (3.6 MB)
|SESSION II: THE STATE OF BIODIVERSITY: INDICES OF THREATS AND DRIVERS|
Chair: Matthew Hatchwell (Wildlife Conservation Society)
The human and ecological footprints: measures of consumption and development
Satellite data based indices to monitor land use and habitat (3.9 MB)
Indices of climate change impacts on biodiversity
Indices of invasion: how to monitor invasive alien species
Indices of disease: how to monitor invasive pathogens
Exploitation: developing national indices of wildlife trade (1.7 MB)
|SESSION III: THE NEXT GENERATION OF BIODIVERSITY INDICES|
Chair: Stuart Butchart (BirdLife International)
Biodiversity indicators: new approaches and measures
Indicator Bats Program: using bats as indicators of sustainable development across Eastern Europe
Building sustainable national monitoring networks
Occupancy methods for conservation management: loris and amphibian monitoring in Sri Lanka
Socio-economic monitoring in conservation projects (1.1 MB)
|SESSION IV: IMPLEMENTATION, COMMUNICATION AND PERSPECTIVES|
Chair: Eimear Nic Lughadha (Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew)
Current international frameworks and commitments for biodiversity conservation: the costs and benefits for national governments (369 KB)
Beyond the terrestrial environment: monitoring marine ecosystems
How much is enough? What are realistic monitoring targets?
Scaling up or down? Linking global and national biodiversity indicators and reporting (1.6 MB)
How do we ensure that biodiversity monitoring and conservation is incorporated into national and global priorities?
|CONCLUSIONS AND SUMMING UP|
Chair: Tim Blackburn (Institute of Zoology, ZSL)
Please note that this event has already occurred.
Enquiries: please contact Joy Hayward, Scientific Meetings Co-ordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY, UK.