Yale University's new Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (ELTI) sponsors "Biodiversity in Altered Landscapes," a conference at the Earl S. Tupper Conference Center at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama on Saturday, November 18, 2006 (8:00 a.m. -1:30 pm).
"We're not going to save biodiversity by establishing parks alone. So our success will depend on conservation of essential environmental services across landscapes," stresses Jefferson Hall, Director of Applied Ecology at the Center for Tropical Forest Science at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
In Panama, land speculation, tourism, expanding urban areas and changing agricultural practices may contribute to a sustainable future or to the swift demise of extremely biodiverse tropical forests and reefs.
As the sixth annual meeting organized by PRORENA, a Yale/STRI initiative to study and promote the use of native species for reforestation, the goal of the conference is to encourage collaboration between experts in landscape management and local resource managers, landowners, students, educators and leaders of conservation initiatives.
A roundtable discussion led by the presenters and joined by Mark Ashton, Professor of Silviculture and Director of the Yale Forest; Stuart Davies, Director, STRI's Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS) and Jefferson Hall, will follow. All presentations will be in Spanish. Simultaneous translation available. Audio recordings will also be available on request after the conference. A proceedings volume will be published.
The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI), a unit of the Smithsonian Institution, headquartered in Panama City, Panama, furthers our understanding of tropical nature and its importance to human welfare, trains students to conduct research in the tropics and promotes conservation by increasing public awareness of the beauty and importance of tropical ecosystems.
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