Biology and Culture: Bridging the Gap
What That do the dialects of indigenous peoples in Papua New Guinea, hunting traditions of the Vuntut Gwitchin people of the Northern Yukon, colobus monkeys in Ghana, and the Zanzibar leopard have in common? All are under threat from many of the same forces-a critical link too often overlooked by the very people who have dedicated their lives to preserving these precious resources.
Hoping to address that divide, leading scientists, policymakers, educators, and others will gather from Wednesday, April 2, to Saturday, April 5, for Sustaining Cultural and Biological Diversity in a Rapidly Changing World: Lessons for Global Policy, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation's thirteenth annual Spring Symposium.
Organized by the CBC with IUCN-The World Conservation Union/Theme on Culture and Conservation and with Terralingua, the symposium is informed by a recognition that fragmented approaches have not been successful in arresting the growing erosion of the world's biodiversity or the rich diversity of human knowledge and practices-and that what is urgently needed is a multidimensional approach to public policy and outreach.
Among the symposium participants are natural and social scientists, conservation and development practitioners, members of indigenous, tribal, and local communities, representatives of governmental and nongovernmental organizations, United Nations agencies, universities and research institutions, funding organizations, educators, students, and others versed in relevant fields. …