Nature conservation has traditionally focussed on preservation and protection. However, this approach is increasingly challenged as the impact of human activities on land and in the sea continues to spread and intensify. At the same time, people depend on nature for material goods, as well as for health, recreation and inspiration. Dame Georgina Mace will show how the focus of conservation has shifted from preserving biodiversity (primarily species & habitats and their spatial patterns), to maintaining form and function, adaptability and resilience for the future. But this requires new tools and techniques for measuring and conserving nature.
From preservation and protection to adaptability and resilience.
Dame Georgina Mace, British ecologist and conservation scientist
Professor of Biodiversity and Ecosystems and Director of the UCL (University College London) Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research
Views expressed during this talk are those of the speaker, not the Royal Society of New Zealand.