Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Biodiversity conservation beyond protected areas

21-22nd September 2011

Convenor: K.J. Willis

A Biodiversity Institute symposium sponsored by Oxford Martin School and hosted by the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK

The overall aim of the symposium is to explore pragmatic solutions to specific challenges faced in biodiversity conservation beyond protected areas.

The symposium will bring together over 23 speakers - presenting the latest science and evidence for conserving biodiversity outside of protected areas. Addressing the Biodiversity Institute’s research theme on Biodiversity beyond protected areas the symposium aims to enhance our understanding of the increasing pressures on biodiversity and the conservation practices which are need to enable the persistence of biodiversity in multiple use landscapes, where boundaries are often undefined, and human activities conflict with biodiversity.

The programme will be based around 7 sessions each containing 3-4 invited talks. Sessions will include modelling complexity, persistence of biodiversity in fragmented landscapes, restoration of ecological processes to degraded lands, marine conservation, cultural landscapes, governance, and business and community connections in conservation.

Registration and further details for the symposium can be found at the following web address:


In addition to the invited talks there will be poster sessions to highlight on-going research into any of the above topics. If you would like to present a poster at the symposium, please submit a title and abstract of no more than 250 words via the registration site.

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