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Tuesday, 5 June 2012, 14:30 - 16:00 at UNU-IAS in Yokohama

Sustainable Biodiversity Governance: Problems, Pathways and Perspectives
by Volker Mauerhofer
 Research Fellow, UNU-IAS

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Seminar Description
Seminar language: English

Sustainable Biodiversity Governance confronts a broad range of challenges. Current relevant concepts often provide insufficient decision support for integrating the environmental, social and economic pillars towards sustainable development of biodiversity. This seminar will present in-depth problem analyses as well as several new concepts and examples of their practical applications to overcome this shortcoming. Biological and social stocks and flows will be respectively discussed in terms of capital and their carrying capacity. The presentation will deal with intra- and intergenerational 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.

14:30 - 14:35 Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director
14:35 - 15:20 Sustainable Biodiversity Governance: Problems, Pathways and Perspectives
Volker Mauerhofer, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS
15:20 - 16:00 Discussion

Video and Audio Podcasts

Opening Remarks
Govindan Parayil, UNU Vice-Rector and UNU-IAS Director

[Archived Video- 1 minutes];

Sustainable Biodiversity Governance: Problems, Pathways and Perspectives
Volker Mauerhofer, Research Fellow, UNU-IAS
[Archived Video- 40 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 40 minutes]

[Archived Video- 25 minutes]; [Archived Audio- 25 minutes]

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Speaker's Biography

Volker Mauerhofer is a Research Fellow in the Sustainable Development Governance (SDG) initiative at the United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS) since October 2011. He was also a Lecturer at the Faculty Centre for Biodiversity, University of Vienna, Austria from 2007 till 2012. 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. Besides memberships in several international associations he is also a member of IUCN’s joint Commission on Environmental Law (CEL)/World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Taskforce on Protected Areas Law and Policy. At UNU-IAS, Mauerhofer lectures in several compulsory and voluntary courses within the new Master of Science in Environmental Governance - Specialization in Biodiversity programme, supervises master’s, doctoral and postdoctoral students. He also contributes to international presentations and peer-reviewed publications as well as to developing and implementing research proposals concentrating on Biodiversity Governance.

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