The future of biodiversity conservation: different dimensions of conservation thinking

14 Apr 2020 18:00 - 19:45

Find out where you sit on the conservation spectrum!

As global biodiversity loss continues at an alarming rate, the conservation movement has never been so important. Yet it is also diverse, with a variety of ideas shaping its framing, purpose and application. Elements such as protected areas, biodiversity impact bonds, traditional knowledge, scientific evidence and human development, all come together to form modern practice. Thanks to a survey of nearly 10,000 conservationists from around the world, we are beginning to understand the full range of perspectives that are shaping today’s conservation landscape and its future. At this event, we explore some of the different dimensions of conservation: people-centred conservation, science-led ecocentrism and conservation through capitalism. We will hear examples of where these different approaches are being applied, and how they interact. As biodiversity loss continues, working together and learning from different methods and disciplines will be key to successful conservation outcomes. Join us to learn about global perspectives and get inside the minds of some of the top conservationists working from different approaches. This is an opportunity to hear real-life conservation stories and find out where you sit on the conservation spectrum!


Attending this event

  • This Science and Conservation Event is free to attend and booking is not required.
  • Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm start.
  • Seats are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre at the Meeting Rooms of the Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, NW1 4RY. See map
  • Underground: Camden Town Station; Nearest bus: no. 274.
  • A drinks reception for ZSL Fellows and their guests is held from 5pm – 5:50pm.  More information on ZSL Fellowship can be found here.


ZSL Library Events

The ZSL Library will be open before the event and will offer free introductory talks to its special collections from 4.45pm - 5.05pm; no need to book. Please contact or click here for further information, including some specially themed events.


ZSL Wild Science Podcast

We will be creating a fascinating podcast episode featuring some of the speakers from this event, so be sure to keep an ear out for it in the following months! Listen to more of our award winning ZSL Wild Science podcast episodes hosted by Research Fellow Dr Monni Bohm here.



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