The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth's biological diversity.
The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology will take place from 11-17 July, 2009 in Beijing, China.
SUNDAY JUNE 28 to THURSDAY JULY 9
Conservation Leadership Program (CLP) training course
Conservation International partners with BirdLife International, Fauna & Flora International, and the Wildlife Conservation Society in the BP-supported Conservation Leadership Programme.
The program supports young conservationists in implementing projects and initiating careers. For 2009, the CLP has awarded $500,000 to 29 projects from 12 countries. For the two weeks preceding the Conservation Biology meetings, representatives from these winning projects will attend an intensive training session at the Hongluo Temple and Tourist Resort, 50km from Beijing. All trainees will also attend the Conservation Biology meetings themselves, at which they will be joined by more than 40 program alumni.
BirdLife International; Fauna & Flora International; Wildlife Conservation Society; Conservation International
TUESDAY JUNE 30
Opening of the ‘Conservation Stories’ Public Exhibition
The SCB China Chapter will host a public exhibition on global conservation research during and after the 23rd Annual SCB Meeting and open to the public from June through August 2009 in Beijing. The aim of the exhibition is to expand the influence of conservation in the everyday lives of individuals in China and all over the world. The exhibition will prominently highlight the Conservation Leadership Programme and our efforts to build capacity amongst a younger generation undertaking careers in conservation in China and abroad.
National Zoological Museum; Institute of Zoology; Chinese Academy of Sciences
THURSDAY JULY 9
Protecting Biodiversity in the Face of Global Change
08:30, Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Zoology
Conservation International - Chris Margules
FRIDAY JULY 10 to SATURDAY JULY 11
Human-Elephant Conflict Workshop
IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group
Conservation International - Li Zhang
SATURDAY JULY 11
Asian Elephants in Fragmented Landscapes: Conflict or Conservation or Both?
16:30 – 19:00, Meeting Room 77
IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group; Conservation International - Li Zhang
CI-China will co-host with Chris Margules as an invited speaker.
JULY 11-16, Poster Hall:
Leveraging Business for Biodiversity: Supply Chain Management Methods for Positive Biodiversity Outcomes
Conservation International - Elizabeth Baer
Effectiveness as a Function of Directness of Incentives: Comparing Buy-outs, Incentive Agreements, and Alternative Livelihoods
Conservation International - Eduard Niesten
Marine Conservation Incentive Agreements: Lessons and Best-Practices from a Review of Case Studies
Conservation International - Eduard Niesten
Does Biodiversity Aid follow Biodiversity?
Conservation International - Sarah Wyatt
SUNDAY JULY 12
Applying the IUCN Best Practice Guidelines for Gap Analysis into Private and Public Sector Engagement: Tools, Opportunities and Experiences
Dr. Jeff McNeely (IUCN) and Conrad Savy (CI) moderate a series of presentations drawn from the experiences, tools and new efforts of a diversity of conservation partners to inform mainstream economic development by governments, businesses and local communities.
10:30 – 12:30, Meeting Room 73
IUCN and Conservation International
- The value of the IUCN Red List in conservation planning and decision making
IUCN - Mike Hoffmann
- Enhancing Key Biodiversity Area management through engaging local communities: the site support group approach in Africa
BirdLife - Julius Arinaitwe, Jane Gaithuma, Kiragu Mwangi
- Protecting the Alliance for Zero Extinction global conservation priority sites will also provide valuable human well-being benefits
Conservation International - Frank Larsen, Will Turner, Thomas Brooks
- Is there a role for biodiversity in REDD? Exploring the relationship between avoided carbon emissions potential and biodiversity value
Conservation International - Matt Foster, Thomas Brooks, Ode Marie Kouamé (CI-Ghana), Oliver Coroza (CI-Philippines), Ruth Jimenez (CI-Mexico & Central America), Jonah Busch, Marc Steininger
- Mainstreaming biodiversity into Asian development: BirdLife’s work with the hydropower, mining and tourism sectors in Asia
BirdLife - Jack Tordoff
- Mapping high conservation value: the potential for existing data and tools to fill urgent information gaps
Conservation International - Conrad Savy, Christine Dragisic, Bambi Semroc, John Buchanan; UNEP WCMC - Jorn Scharlemann, Charles Besancon; BirdLife - Leon Benun
- The Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT)
Conservation International - Bambi Semroc, Conrad E Savy; UNEP WCMC - Charles Besancon, Monica Barcellos Harris; BirdLife - Ian May, Martin Sneary; IUCN - James Ragle
The Sacred and the Scientific: Linking Biodiversity Value with Cultural Value in Selecting Priority Sites for Conservation
CI’s Naamal de Silva discusses examples from New Caledonia, the Philippines, China, Kenya and Guatemala.
11:15, Meeting Room 87
Conservation International - Naamal de Silva
Global Conservation and the Alleviation of Poverty
CI’s Will Turner, Katrina Brandon, Tom Brooks, Keith Lawrence, Elizabeth Selig, and Stanford’s Holly Gibbs will present a study of the global role that biodiversity conservation can play in poverty alleviation via ecosystem services and payment for ecosystem services.
12:15, Meeting Room 90
Stanford University - Holly Gibbs; Conservation International - Will Turner, Katrina Brandon, Tom Brooks, Keith Lawrence, Elizabeth Selig
Incentive-based Approaches to Marine Conservation: When and How to Use Buy-outs, Incentive Agreements, and Alternative Livelihoods.
In this workshop CI’s Eduard Niesten and Heidi Gjertsen will present research results and work with participants to refine dissemination and training materials, pertaining to design and implementation of incentive-based tools for site-based marine conservation.
12:30, Meeting Room 88
Conservation International - Eduard Niesten, Heidi Gjertsen
Conservation Practices in China
14:00-16:00, Meeting Room 77
PANEL A: Species and Protected Areas
- The status of nature reserves managed by stated forestry administration in China
- Establishing a systematic and multi-purpose management system – a case of Wanglang Reserve, China
- Problems, practices and perspectives of Cetacean conservation in the Yangtze
- When do we claim success in conserving pandas in the wild
PANEL B. New Conservation Mechanisms and Policies
- Conservation led by communities: case of incentive agreement in China
- The role of Tibetan traditional cultures in conservation in western China
- Life and death of Tibetan buntings in Nyanbo Yuze, a sacred land in Qinghai
- Market-based approach to freshwater conservation – PES availability and pilot projects in China
Resistance, Resilience or Transformation? Targeting Adaptive Management Strategies Under Climate Change
CI’s Dave Hole, together with partners from Durham University, RSPB and BirdLife International, will present a novel method of identifying broad climate change adaptation requirements for individual sites across the network of Important Bird Areas in sub-Saharan Africa.
17:30, Meeting Room 90
Durham University, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, BirdLife International and Conservation International
MONDAY JULY 13
The Asian primate crisis in the global context – Challenges, Opportunities, and Potential Soultions
WEDNESDAY JULY 15
Climate Change and the Cost of Conserving Biodiversity in Madagascar
As climate change pushes species’ ranges out of currently protected forests and into areas requiring more costly management actions, society is faced with a choice between protecting fewer species or devoting additional funds to biodiversity conservation.
Max Planck Institute, Missouri Botanical Gardens, Conservation International
What Will it Cost to Make the World Protected Areas Network Resilient to Climate Change?
Globally, more than half the world’s protected areas are at risk from climate change, with 77% of Protected Areas in the humid tropics vulnerable. We estimate the cost of maintaining existing investments in biodiversity security worldwide in the face of climate change.
10:00, Meeting Room 112
Conservation International, University of Minnesota, University of Melbourne
THURSDAY JULY 16
Clarifying the Opportunity Cost of Conservation – Concepts and Application for Practitioners
CI’s Patricia Zurita and Eduard Niesten present a paper on the opportunity cost of conservation and the use of conservation agreements to offset it.
17:00, Meeting Room 87
Conservation International - Patricia Zurita, Eduard Niesten
Coffee, Conservation and Community Development: Results and Lessons Learned from Implementing Environmental and Social Standards for Coffee Purchasing
17:30, Meeting Room 92
Conservation International - Bambi Semroc
China's Important Bird Areas Book Launch
The Conservation International Delegation
Russ Mittermeier, President
Tom Brooks, Vice President, Conservation Priorities and Responses
Chris Margules, Vice President, Asia-Pacific Field Division
Roberto Cavalcanti, Interim Vice President, East/SE Asia Field Division
Elizabeth Baer, Manager, Conservation Tools for Business
Robyn Dalzen, Executive Manager, Conservation Leadership Programme
Naamal de Silva, Manager, Asia-Pacific Outcomes
Matt Foster, Director, Conservation Outcomes
Dave Hole, Climate Change Researcher
Angela Kirkman, Director of External Affairs, Asia-Pacific Field Division
Frank Larsen, Postdoctoral Research fellow
Eduard Niesten, Director Conservation Economics
Conrad Savy, Conservation Science Advisor
Bambi Semroc, Director, Conservation Tools for Business
Will Turner, Director, Global Priorities
Sarah Wyatt, Coordinator, Conservation Priorities and Outreach
Li Zhang, Program Director, CI-China
Patricia Zurita, Senior Director, Conservation Stewards Program