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Integrating Systems, Disciplines and Stakeholders for More Effective Conservation Policies: From Climate Change to Endangered Species Restoration

Joe Gill, Secretary of the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources delivers the opening address at ICCB 2013
In order to conserve biodiversity and to have any chance that SCB will succeed in its mission, policies grounded in and tested by science and practice must be in place to ensure and reward proper management of resources and human actions that affect them. Decision-makers must draw from all relevant sciences and disciplines to form and adapt these rules and must include most or all stakeholders in forming these to ensure sufficient compliance. We are at a crossroads in modern society at which older policies or older enforcement modes are no longer adequate to ensure regional or global conservation, but the roots of reform can be found within our legal and administrative systems so that we need not start from scratch. 
Integrating Systems, Disciplines and Stakeholders for More Effective Conservation Policies—From Climate Change to Endangered Species Restoration, drew from leading experts in climate and earth science, ecological and energy economics, and cutting edge domestic and international law to identify both the roots of reform and the new growth that must be fostered across the legal and governmental systems of the world by using and serving stakeholders, not only as recipients but as drivers.
Following are resources from talks and presentations delivered at this two-part symposium that took place at SCB's 26th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB). More than 1,500 conservation scientists, students and practioners from 65 nations attended the meeting from 21-25 July 2013 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (see photos). Overall, ten percent of the talks at ICCB focused on climate change.  

Resources from Session I of Integrating Systems, Disciplines and Stakeholders: From Climate Change to Endangered Species Restoration.

  1. Finding a Path to Stopping and then Reversing Climate Change. Michael MacCracken, Climate Institute 
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  2. Climate Change and Biodiversity: Problems and Solutions. Tom Lovejoy, Heinz Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment
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  3. The Clean Air Act and related Domestic Laws - Opportunities for Progress. Michael Gerrard, Columbia Law School Climate Law Center
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  4. The Role of Science in International Legal Action on Climate Change. Carroll Muffett, Center for International Environmental Law
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  5. Climate Change - The Environmental and Economic Synergies of Taxes and Investments. James Barrett, American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy
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Resources from Session II of Integrating Systems, Disciplines and Stakeholders: From Climate Change to Endangered Species Restoration.

  1. The Evolution of U.S. Policy on Endangered Species Recovery Since Passage of the ESA. Dan Rohlf, Lewis and Clark University
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  2. Environmental Impact Assessment and Public Lands Stewardship — Biodiversity in Federal Lands and Federal Actions — NEPA/NFMA/FLPM. Niel Lawrence, Natural Resources Defense Council
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  3. Controlling Plant and Animal Imports for Invasiveness and Disease Risks   - Status of Federal Policy. Peter T. Jenkins, Center for Invasive Species Prevention
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  4. International Agreements Affecting Conservation: Top Issues in CBD, CITES, IPBES, Trade and Investment. Kyle Gracey, SCB Treaties Task Force
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  5. Scientific Integrity — The Process of Protecting the Integrity of Science in Forming Conservation Policy — The Administration's Progress. Alan Thornhill, US Interior Department
  6. Federal Scientific Integrity Policies: On Paper and In Practice. Jeff Ruch, Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility
  7. Final Observations — Powerful Tools for Global Citizens, Small Island States, and Conservation Professionals. John Fitzgerald, Counsel to SCB
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