Can we still save coral reefs and what if we don't?

12 Dec 2017 18:00 - 19:45

Coral reefs are among the most biodiverse and threatened biomes on Earth, and are a widely recognised conservation priority.  The many direct human pressures affecting coral reef ecosystems, severe as they are, have been eclipsed in recent years by a succession of coral bleaching events induced by climate change.

Reefs are proving to be more sensitive to the environmental responses of atmosphere CO2 levels than generally assumed, and this reality is challenging both the habitat-threat assessment process and conservation policy.  Speakers will discuss what the latest observations and scientific understanding suggest about a viable future for corals, drawing on ZSL-facilitated fieldwork in British Indian Ocean Territory that assessed how emerging global environmental threats are impacting otherwise pristine and protected reef systems.  If the reefs are lost, what are the probable social-economic ramifications and future impacts on biodiversity?


Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.

  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274

  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.

  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5 – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.

Book a 3-course dinner with the speakers

  • All attendees are welcome to attend a 3-course dinner with the speakers after the event. 

  • Dinner places cost £35 per person (including 2 glasses of wine).  Booking will be available on this webpage 1 month prior to the event.


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