Biodiversity Development in Costa Rica - Daniel Janzen - 2017 Koerner Lecture

March 31, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
101 Life Sciences Building
Amy Stewart

Superstar of Costa Rica conservation, Daniel Janzen, the DiMaura Professor of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and technical advisor to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica, will give a talk titled “Conservation of tropical wild biodiversity via biodiversity development: a Costa Rican example” as the fourth annual Koerner Lecture Series in Neotropical Conservation, presented by the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES).

Where classical tropical national parks are gradually failing in many ways, the 165,000 hectare government/private hybrid ACG has a practical approach to tropical wild biodiversity conservation, with 35 years of success. Its basic principals contend conservation must be site- based and respond to the biological, social and economic reality of the region. Decisions must be taken at the regional level, the wilderness area must be visualized as a productive sector for the economy of the region and the country, and that quality conservation must be economically sustainable over time. ACG is testing and proving that biodiversity development is a viable way forward to protect vulnerable species and help local communities thrive, with eco-tourism, bio- diversity prospecting for medicine, carbon sequestration and more.

This free public lecture will share details of the ACG approach. Light refreshments will be available before and after the lecture (1:30 to 2:30pm and 3:30 to 4:30pm).

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