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The Key Theme of the 2016 Symposium is Recognising the Value of Biodiversity to the Economy.

This symposium offers a platform for the conservation community to share and explore issues and recent developments in the science and practice of conservation, and in understanding and communicating the value of biodiversity to society.

It seeks to identify solutions to critical issues and to impact policy in order to enhance conservation efforts – in Africa and beyond. It also aims to promote partnerships between government agencies, conservation authorities, non- governmental organisations, legal practitioners, communicators and other relevant professionals and stakeholders, to address the contemporary conservation challenges of our world.

This is a CONSERVATION SYMPOSIUM not just a science forum – its scope is conservation in its full context– including governance, science, management, decision-making, stake-holder engagement and the assessment of effectiveness of efforts and interventions.

It is of relevance to decision-makers and policy developers, conservation managers, scientists, law makers and to communities and stakeholders who live in and depend on the use of biodiversity.

Focus Areas

  • Protected area management effectiveness
  • Management of protected areas and buffer zones
  • Transboundary conservation
  • Conserving in the face of global change
  • Managing ecological and evolutionary processes
  • Threatened species conservation
  • Advances in monitoring and surveillance
  • Mitigating threats to biodiversity, wildlife crime, and invasive alien species
  • Valuing biodiversity, ecosystem goods and services, biodiversity and livelihoods, and resource economics
  • Land-use and conservation planning
  • Securing critical biodiversity areas
  • Co-management of protected areas and biodiversity
  • Integration of cultural and biodiversity management
  • Media and communication
  • Legal, policy and ethical issues
  • Implementation of global / multinational agreements