Public lecture by Emeritus Professor Ben Boer

"Biodiversity, Climate Change & Protected Areas: The need for an integrated approach"

Emeritus Professor Ben Boer

Date: Tuesday, 10 May 2011
Time: 6.15pm, refreshments from 5.30pm at the venue
Venue: Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato

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The global environmental crisis has two major and linked aspects: climate change and the extinction of species. They demand an integrated scientific, policy and legal approach - at national and international levels - to achieve more effective biodiversity conservation, to address adaptation to and mitigation of the effects of climate change, and to promote ecological, social and economic sustainability.

The expansion of terrestrial and marine protected areas, informed by the latest science on connectivity conservation and assisted by new law and policy frameworks, are important elements of the response required. Professor Boer will include summaries of aspects of the Climate Change Convention and the Biodiversity of Convention Conferences of the Parties held in Mexico and Japan in 2010.

Emeritus Professor in Environmental Law Ben Boer from the University of Sydney is the 2011 New Zealand Law Foundation's Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Between 2006 and 2008, he was the international Co- Director of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Academy of Environmental Law and Visiting Professor based at the University of Ottawa, while continuing to teach in the Master of Environmental Law at the University of Sydney.

Professor Boer is in New Zealand during April and his visit is being hosted by Te Piringa - Faculty of Law at the University of Waikato. While in New Zealand Professor Boer will also give public lectures in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin.

For further information see his University of Sydney staff profile.

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