S0.1 Biodiversity Crisis Response – Town Hall Meeting (Closed)


Libby Ellwood1, Andrew Bentley2, Talia Karim3, Gil Nelson4, Erica Wheeler5

1Natural History Museum Of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, United States, 2University of Kansas, Lawrence, United States, 3University of Colorado, Boulder, United States, 4Florida Museum of Natural History, Gainesville, United States, 5Royal BC Museum, Victoria, Canada

The newly formed SPNHC Biodiversity Crisis Response committee (BCR) is motivated to respond to the 2019 IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. The report calls urgently for “…a fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values…” to curb the predicted loss of one million species.

Globally, natural history collections form a critical biodiversity baseline and the expertise that informs conservation. In this session we invite you to share your ideas for specific roles that SPNHC as a society, and we as individual biodiversity scientists, can play in taking meaningful action to address this biodiversity crisis.

In this Town Hall-style meeting, the committee will moderate an open discussion to identify timely strategic directions that SPNHC can take to contribute to the protection of global biodiversity, ecosystems and human health. Leaders in the field, including members of the team who wrote the IPBES report, will be invited to speak and participate in the discussion. The meeting will begin with a presentation to provide an overview of the issues, examples of effective initiatives, and the potential role of SPNHC going forward. The meeting will close with a presentation that summarizes the key discussion points, ways to be involved with the committee, and action items that set the foundation for meaningful and sustained organizational and individual efforts. In the months leading up to the conference, we distributed a survey to professional societies to gauge interest in the topic and compile and rank ideas for the committee’s direction. Results of this survey will be shared in this session and will help inform some of the topics discussed.

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