SCB 2009 Conference: Day 1

The first full day of the Society for Conservation Biology’s 2009 International Congress for Conservation Biology started off strong.

Jeff McNeely, Chief Scientist at IUCN, moderated a symposium where IUCN, CI, and partner organizations discussed methods, tools, and projects for applying site-scale, species-specific data at a broader scale to help inform decision-making processes. The methods, tools, and projects leverage the data collected through the IUCN Red List process to engage with governments, the business community, and others to make better decisions.

Societies continue to grow around the world and to increase use of natural resources. At the same time, the body and depth of knowledge about species, habitats, ecosystems, and the ways they work also develops through the work of SCB members and the broader conservation community. Interest in application of this body of knowledge to help drive more sustainable decisions that better integrate development, economic and environmental considerations was high among this community of conservation biologists, as they crowded into a packed room to hear about these innovative approaches.

Elizabeth Baer is the Manager of Conservation Tools for Business at Conservation International

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity.

The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Conservation Biology takes place from 11-17 July, 2009 in Beijing, China.

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