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Wednesday, September 21 • 10:00am - 11:30am
(REF 21712) Global Biodiversity Day – Discussion panel

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Biodiversity plays a critical role for human health and well-being, economic prosperity, food safety and security, and other important areas necessary for the individual and collective wellness of all human societies.

Conservationists, political leaders, civil society, the business community, indigenous peoples and local communities, youth and other key stakeholders, are all called to safeguard life on earth with dramatically increased and coordinated action. Today, more than ever, it is clear that reversing biodiversity loss requires action and collective efforts from all segments of society.

This event will be the opening for a series of sessions to be held in the framework of the Global Biodiversity Day within the Science Summit UNGA77. This panel will feature a lively discussion on the status of some specific standards and frameworks developed to provide tools and inform actions, policies and decisions to reverse the biodiversity loss globally. Topics such as Nature-based solutions, ecological restoration, the Sustainable Use Assessment of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the Post 2020 Global Biodiversity Framework will serve to guide the discussion on where we are in the context of these instruments and tools, what are their main contributions and the challenges we are still facing in terms of biodiversity loss.

We will have an exceptional pool of experts composed of: Jon Paul Rodriguez, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission (Moderator); Ángela Andrade, Chair, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management; Sonia Peña Moreno, Director of the International Policy Centre at IUCN; Gabriela Lichtenstein, IUCN SSC Regional Vice-Chair for South and Mesoamerica and Researcher at National Research Council (CONICET), Argentina and Robin Chazdon, Member of FAO Task Force on Best Practices for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and Research Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Jon Paul Rodriguez

Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission
The IUCN Species Survival Chair Dr Jon Paul Rodrfguez is Professor at the Center for Ecology of the Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Investigations (lnstituto Venezolano de lnvestigaciones Cientfficas - IVIC), and founder, past Board Member (1987-2001, 2009-2012) and President... Read More →

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Robin Chazdon

Research Professor, University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia
Robin Chazdon is Professor Emerita in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at the University of Connecticut (1988-2016) and part-time Research Professor with the Forest Research Institute at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her long-term and... Read More →
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Gabriela Lichtenstein

Regional Vice-Chair IUCN SSC for Meso and South America. PhD in Behavioral Ecology, King´s College, University of Cambridge, Post-doc Dept. of Geography, University of Buenos Aires. Researcher at National Research Council (CONICET), Argentina; Lecturer University of Buenos Aires... Read More →
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Angela Andrade

Chair, IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management
Chair of the Ecosystem Management Commission of IUCN since 2016 additionally she chairs the climate change task force in the IUCN Council. She has served as Director of Climate Change and Biodiversity Policy at Conservation International in Colombia, since 2009. Previously, she served... Read More →
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Sonia Peña Moreno

Director of the International Policy Centre, International Union for Conservation of Nature
For the last eighteen years Sonia has been working at the Headquarters of IUCN – International Union for Conservation of Nature, in Gland, Switzerland. Until early 2021, Sonia was the Coordinator – Global Biodiversity Policy and Governance within the Global Policy Unit (GPU) where... Read More →

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Erik Ruuth

Scientific Coordinator, IMiBio
I am interested in the impact on Health of Biodiversity and climate change, and how to mitigate and heal changes. In other words, I see HEALTH as a wide concept that involves all our entire environment going from the organic to inorganic and how they interact.The translation of scientific... Read More →
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Nahomy De Andrade

Executive Director, IUCN Species Survival Commission

Wednesday September 21, 2022 10:00am - 11:30am EDT