Sustainable biodiversity governance

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2012•06•05    14:30 - 16:00

    Seminar: “Sustainable biodiversity governance: Problems, pathways and perspectives”

    Sustainable biodiversity governance confronts a broad range of challenges, yet current relevant concepts often provide insufficient decision support for integrating environmental, social and economic pillars. In this seminar, UNU-IAS Research Fellow Volker Mauerhofer will present in-depth problem analyses as well as several new concepts and examples of their practical applications to overcome this shortcoming. He will discuss biological and social stocks and flows  in terms of capital and their carrying capacity.

    The presentation will deal with intra- and inter-generational issues, and geographically range from global to sub-national aspects. Thematically, biodiversity governance will be addressed in its broadest sense, including the topics of wild species conservation, water governance, forestry management, climate change policy, de-growth strategies, regionalization, public participation, payments for ecosystem services, and sustainable products and services such as in the construction sector. This multidisciplinary presentation will cover the subject from both social and natural sciences, and with political, legal, economic and biological perspectives.

    For more information and to register, please see the seminar page on the UNU-IAS website.

    About the speaker

    Volker Mauerhofer is a research fellow with the UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) Sustainable Development Governance initiative. He previously was a lecturer at the Faculty Centre for Biodiversity, University of Vienna, Austria. His research focuses on biodiversity conservation through science, law, economics and policies, on environmental governance including public participation in environmental matters and on strong sustainability practice.