[ASC-list] National event in Canberra: Can we have our biodiversity and eat it too?

Cathy Reade creade at squirrel.com.au
Sun Aug 29 05:55:13 UTC 2010


THE CRAWFORD FUND

MEDIA ALERT

30 August 2010                                

2010 International Development Conference

 

Biodiversity and World Food Security: 

Nourishing the Planet and Its People

Parliament House, Canberra 

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

30, 31 August and 1 September 2010

.

CAN WE HAVE OUR BIODIVERSITY AND EAT IT TOO?

 

Professor Stephen D. Hopper, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew 

Dr Christian Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History,
Smithsonian Institution

Dr Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International

Professor Hugh Possingham, the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists

 

A recent panel discussion at Kew Gardens televised by CNN identified loss of
biodiversity as a bigger challenge than climate change to the environment
and business.

 

Australian director of Kew Gardens, Professor Steve Hopper is one of a range
of the international and Australian advocates and specialists in Parliament
House this week to address biodiversity and world food security issues at
the Crawford Fund's 2010 conference.

Speakers include:

 

30 August in Mural Hall:

8pm The Sir John Crawford Memorial Address:

 

Professor Stephen D. Hopper, Director, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew will argue
that plant diversity is at a turning point.  

Prof Hopper is only available for interviews Monday.

 

31 August in Theatrette:

9-10.20am KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS AND OPENING

 

Dr Christian Samper, Director, National Museum of Natural History,
Smithsonian Institution who will give a global perspective on nature and
food security.

 

Prof Hugh Possingham, Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists who will argue
agriculture should not be seen as the problem, but rather as the solution to
biodiversity loss.

 

The Hon Bob McMullan, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for International
Development Assistance who will open the event.

 

12-12.30pm GM AND BIODIVERSITY

 

Dr TJ Higgins, CSIRO Plant Industry will argue that by maintaining or even
increasing yields on existing land, biotechnology crops can aid biodiversity
conservation.

 

1.30-3pm INTERNATIONAL AND AUSTRLIAN SPEAKERS ADDRESSING LIVESTOCK, AQUATIC,
FOREST AND MICROBIAL BIODIVERSITY

 

3.45 Q&A Panel with all speakers, moderated by Dr James Moody, CSIRO/ABCTV
Inventors

 

1 September in Mural Hall (over breakfast):

7.45-8.30am

 

Dr Emile Frison, Director General, Bioversity International will discuss how
agricultural biodiversity, rather than pills and supplements, offers an
alternative approach to obesity and malnutrition.

 

Dr Megan Clark, Chief Executive, CSIRO talking on the importance of
biological collections.

 

Further info/press releases are available at www.crawfordfund.org
<http://www.crawfordfund.org/>  and pre-event interviews can be arranged.
Contact Cathy Reade 0413575934.

 

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

 

 

Cathy Reade
Coordinator - Public Awareness
Crawford Fund
Ph/Fax: 07 54483095
Mobile: 0413 575 934
www.crawfordfund.org

The Crawford Fund's mission is to increase Australia's engagement in
international agricultural research, development and education for the
benefit of developing countries and Australia.

 

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