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Thursday, October 8, 2009
Achieving a Prosperous Ocean
Senior Vice President Marine Conservation & Chief Scientist for Oceans, Conservation International
Vice President Global Marine, Conservation International
The ocean is the womb of life, the ancestral home of all Earth’s species, and the ecological engine that powers our survival. By providing food security, regulating the Earth’s climate, and performing a score of other fundamental ecological services, the ocean has supported human welfare and the rise of civilization. But the ocean’s health is declining rapidly, which in turn threatens human well-being. Drs. Greg Stone and Sebastian Troëng will present Conservation International’s plan to apply four global solutions to restore and maintain a prosperous ocean and spur a revolution in marine governance and management.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
What is water worth in Cambodia?
Regional Director , Conservation International Indo-Burma
Freshwater is indispensable for economic growth and human livelihoods. In Cambodia, people depend on a unique and fragile freshwater ecosystem for their water and food security. The Tonle Sap Lake – the heart of Cambodia - provides food and water for over three million people. Yet the lake’s fishery is collapsing. This would lead to the loss of one of the most biodiverse and productive fisheries in the world, with devastating effects on Cambodia’s poorest people. David Emmett will present the approach that CI-Cambodia is taking to maintain this ecosystem for the people and wildlife that rely on it, and the manner in which his team is showcasing environmental protection as a natural solution to economic problems.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
The Wealth of Nature: Integrating Nature’s Real Value in Traditional Economic Systems
Russell A. Mittermeier, Ph.D.
International League of Conservation Photographers
“How many of the comforts we enjoy and the products we use come courtesy of Nature’s seemingly infinite warehouse of services? Bees pollinate the cereals we eat for breakfast, forests and wetlands purify the water that we drink, and the trees in our yards trap pollutants from the air we breathe. All of these benefits, as well as our fuels and natural medicines and countless others, come to us, free of charge, from our planet’s healthy ecosystems. .... How do we come to value the many services Nature provides that are necessary for our survival? And, perhaps most importantly, how do we maintain the full array of ecological services necessary for future generations to thrive?” So begins a new publication, The Wealth of Nature, produced by The International League of Conservation Photographers with partners Conservation International (CI), IUCN, The WILD Foundation and CEMEX. CI’s President and legendary conservationist, Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier, and ILCP’s founder and Executive Director, Cristina Mittermeier, join us to discuss ideas on how to integrate the real value of important services – fertile soil, fresh water, breathable air, and a moderate climate – into traditional economic systems to benefit all of Nature, including humans.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Science to Action: Linking Deep Scientific Research to the Real World
Celia A. Harvey, PhD
Vice President, Global Change and Ecosystem Services
Center for Applied Biodiversity Science
Conservation International’s Center for Applied Biodiversity Science is the 5th most cited research institution in the world but the only one that is linked to field operations in more than 40 countries across the globe. Dr. Celia Harvey will share how CI scientists are providing spatial planning, real-time monitoring, and other scientific research that are critical to guiding our conservation strategies on the ground. With decades of data on hand and being collected all the time, CI can respond quickly to data demands and has been able to show the application of science in real world situations, making CI an influential voice in the ongoing international climate discussions.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Why care about the “Sixth Extinction”?
Dr. Thomas Brooks
Conservation Priorities and Outreach, Center for Applied Biodiversity Science
Catastrophic “mass extinctions” have struck our planet five times over the history of life on Earth: the most recent of these, 65 million years ago, was caused by an asteroid impact and was responsible for killing the dinosaurs. Now, human activities have accelerated extinction rates to the level of a mass extinction. Species are now becoming extinct a thousand times faster than normal through Earth history – people are, in effect, the new asteroid. We will discuss four central questions about the Sixth Extinction. First, what are the dimensions of this extinction crisis – where is it happening, and to whom? Second, what are its causes? Third, how can we prevent it? Finally, and critically, how will our lives and livelihoods benefit from stopping it?