[ASC-list] Can we have our biodiversity and eat it too?

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Thu Aug 19 02:27:28 UTC 2010


MEDIA ALERT

 

THE CRAWFORD FUND

2010 International Development Conference

 

BIODIVERSITY AND WORLD FOOD SECURITY:

Nourishing the Planet and Its People

 

Parliament House, Canberra

30, 31 August and 1 September.

 

Contact: Cathy Reade 0413 575 934 cathy.reade at crawfordfund.org

 

CAN WE HAVE OUR BIODIVERSITY AND EAT IT TOO?

Dr Cristian Samper, Smithsonian Institution

Professor Stephen Hopper, Kew Gardens

Professor Hugh Possingham, the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

Dr Megan Clark, CSIRO

 

International and Australian conservation specialists and advocates will
come

together from 30 August to 1 September in Canberra for the UN International
Year of

Biodiversity at this key event in the Australasian region and one of very
few

international events focusing on food security imperatives in relation to
biodiversity

conservation.

 

Key speakers include:

- Dr Cristian Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History,

Smithsonian Institution, the largest natural history collection in the
world, who

will provide a global perspective of Biodiversity, Nature and Food Security;

 

- Professor Steve Hopper, Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew,
arguably

the planet's most famous garden, an internationally recognised Australian
plant

conservation biologist will present the 2010 Sir John Crawford Memorial

Address titled Plant Diversity at the Turning Point;

 

- Dr Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International, the largest

international research organisation dedicated to the conservation and use of

agricultural biodiversity, will address Agricultural Biodiversity for
Nutrition and

Health;

 

- Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive, CSIRO will address The Importance of

Working with Biological Collections in Helping with Biosecurity and
Biodiversity.

 

Other international and Australian specialists and advocates will address
issues for

fisheries, livestock, forestry, microbials, biosecurity, and GM and
biodiversity.

 

Media releases will be available on an embargoed basis, on request or in the

Theatrette Foyer, Parliament House from 8.15am, 31 August. 

 

Contact Cathy Reade on 0413 575 934 to pre-arrange interviews. Program,
abstracts, bios and other

materials at www.crawfordfund.org <http://www.crawfordfund.org/> 

 

The Crawford Fund wishes to thank the supporters of this event including:

ACIAR; AusAID; Austraining International; Australian Government Department
of Agriculture,

Fisheries and Forestry; AIAST; Bioversity International; CAB International;
CropLife Australia; CSIRO;

Doyle Foundation; Fisheries Research and Development Corporation; Grains
Research and

Development Corporation; Industrial Research Limited; Rural Industries
Research and Development

Corporation; World Vegetable Centre

 

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