The fate of species and their many benefits hinges on myriad decisions we make about places on land and sea. The science of Half-Earth sets out to quantify the species conservation relevance of areas worldwide for as many species groups and in as fine detail as possible. We will share with you the latest insights from this effort, including national reports and maps in support of biodiversity-informed regional decisions.
Countries are stewards of their biodiversity and their institutions are at the frontline of daily conservation decisions. Next year will see the completion of the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework that many hope will represent a ‘Paris moment’ for biodiversity – a set of ambitious goals by nations worldwide for safeguarding biodiversity. Our panel will discuss the opportunities for science to track international policy targets and to support regional conservation decisions, with a spotlight on the collaboration of scientists and agencies in California.
Hilary Allison, Head of the Ecosystem Assessment and Policy Support Programme at UNEP-WCMC
Jon Jarvis, Executive Director of the Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity at the University of California, Berkeley, and former Director of the National Park Service
Jennifer Norris, Deputy Secretary for Biodiversity & Habitat, California Natural Resources Agency
Henrique Pereira, Co-Chair GEO Biodiversity Observation Network and Professor of Biodiversity Conservation, iDiv Germany
Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist and E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation Board Member