Title: International Year of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Management: Science-Policy Interfaces
Event type: Seminar
Date: 2010-09-08
Time: 14:00 - 17:30
Convenor: Conservation International (CI)
Co-convenor: International Union for the Conservation of Nature-Species Programme (IUCN), Global Water System Project (GWSP), City University of New York Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative, DIVERSITAS, Kings College London, The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)
Room: T4

Event Description
2010 is the International Year of Biodiveristy, calling to action the recognition of biodiveristy values for their own sake, and for their role in maintaining ecosystem function and providing services for people such as water provision, filtration and removal of wastes, and climate regulation. In spite of its critical importance, we are failing to sufficiently protect and value our biodiversity and ecosystems. Fortunately, advances in science and tools, as well as supporting policies, offer us opportunities to correct past failings.

This session will emphasisze ways in which increasing the availability of scientific data and tools can enhance appreciation of ecosystem services, identify threats and tipping points, guide prioritiszation for conservation, and further human welfare and poverty alleviation through better informed policy-making. Using real-world case studies, including those with a heavy emphasis on water quality, presentations will illustrate the intimate relationship between protecting clean freshwater for human use and conserving freshwater biodiversity. We will discuss policy mechanisms that provide incentives for protection of water resources, and are compatible with conservation aims. Discussions will also focus upon the integration of sustainable management of freshwater ecosystems into national, regional and international policies and development, bridging the gap between scientists and policy-makers.


Chairs: Dr. Tracy A. Farrell, Conservation International (CI), and Dr. Ian Harrison, IUCN-Species Programme and CI, USA


Welcome and introduction. Dr. Tracy A. Farrell and Dr. Ian Harrison, CI, USA


Life Cycles: Sustaining the Flows of Water, Fish, and Human Culture. Brian Richter, TNC, USA


A policy support system to assistmore robust analysis of hydrology and hydrological change at policy relevant scales. Dr. Mark Mulligan, King's College London, and UNEP-WCMC, UK; and Luis Leonardo Saenz Cruz, King's College London, UK


Global Analysis of Threats to Freshwater Ecosystems. Prof. Charles J. Vörösmarty, Global Water System Project/CUNY Environmental Cross-Roads Initiative/DIVERSITAS, USA


Water andNature: integrating species into management of Africa's Inland waters. Dr. William Darwall, IUCN Species Programme, UK


Integrating Community Conservation of Biodiversity and Water Resources: The Nosivolo River, Madagaskar, a Case Study. Dr. Luciano Andriamaro, Conservation International- Madagascar Program


Coffee Break


Convention on Biological Diversity 2020 goals: Integrating Water? Lina Barrera, CI-Center for Conservation and Government, USA


Ramsar: Increasing Wetland Protection. Prof. Nicholas Davidson, Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Switzerland


Environmental Flows and International Water Law. Flavia Rocha Loures, WWF, USA


Ecosystem services and mainstreaming in policy making and development. Johan Sundberg, SIDA, Sweden


Panel Discussion

17:30 Close of Seminar

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