Professor Richard Corlett attended a meeting at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, on February 22-23, of the principal investigators for the CI-GIF project ‘Spatial Planning for Protected Areas in Response to Climate Change (SPARC)’. The participants discussed the progress of the project and met with research staff of the Gardens to explore avenues for future collaboration.
On February 27-28th, Professor Corlett attended a symposium at the Zoological Society of London entitled ‘Safeguarding space for nature and securing our future: developing a post-2020 strategy’. The symposium was organised by the Zoological Society of London and National Geographic Society, in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), BirdLife International, the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
Under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Parties to the CBD, including China, agreed to protect at least 17% of land and freshwater and 10% of the oceans by 2020.
This meeting was planned to discuss what the post-2020 targets should be. How much space needs to be protected in order to sustain humans and the rest of life on earth? The meeting brought together more than 200 scientists, conservation practitioners, policy-makers, business leaders, and others to review the scientific basis of area-based conservation targets, to evaluate the implications of various policy options, and to provide balanced, evidence-based recommendations to Parties to the CBD.
Prof. Corlett presented a poster at the Symposium, entitled ‘Space for Nature in Tropical East Asia’, which discussed the present and potential future options for increasing protected areas in the region.
Participants pose a photo at Kew Garden
Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. Menglun, Mengla, Yunnan 666303, China
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