International symposium: Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law, Cambridge

Event Date: 
20 Feb 2015 (All day) to 22 Feb 2015 (All day)
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International symposium: Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law, 20-22 February, at various locations around Cambridge (flyer attached)

In the 21st century, the scope of biodiversity degradation and loss has reached alarming levels, and the possibilities to achieve sustainable development goals appear terribly remote. Consistent with the growing complexity of international law as a whole, many international treaties and organizations are struggling valiantly to reverse current trends. International treaties on the environment and sustainable development, including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CITES, the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and others, can make an important difference.  In pursuing this mission, however, international law and governance face many practical challenges, with space for increased support and engagement from the international research and academic community, leading countries and firms, and civil society on many levels. This international conference gathers leaders working to secure biodiversity, sustainable development and the law, to share knowledge, discuss challenges, and develop diverse solutions to common problems.

The Symposium will discuss, among others, the following topics:

•         Governing the interface of science, policy and the law

•         Managing protected areas, sustainable landscapes and community livelihoods

•         Promoting trade, investments and financial incentives

•         Regulating biodiversity products along complex value chains

•         New trends in transparency, rules of procedure and dispute settlement

•         Innovative implementation and compliance of biodiversity treaties on regional, national and local levels

•         Law of international organizations and biodiversity treaties

The conference will be preceded by an International Experts Seminar on CITES as a Tool for Sustainable Development and a Keynote Guest Lecture Evening Event at the Faculty of Law of the University of Cambridge, and will include a special International Dinner and Research Centre Launching Event in the historic Westminster College Hall of Cambridge. A registration fee of £20 (exclusive of the Symposium Dinner £36pp) will be payable for the weekend of the conference to cover lunches, hospitality and materials, with waivers for student volunteers.

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