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The main objectives of the DIVERSITAS OSC2 were to:

  • Provide an overview of the latest biodiversity science,
  • Inform scientists, biodiversity managers and policy makers and promote human well-being and sustainable development
  • Strengthen biodiversity science by featuring a diversity of topics across countries and disciplines
  • Support the biodiversity science-policy interface
  • Strengthen and expand DIVERSITAS networks and forge new

The conference was entirely dedicated to biodiversity science and its connections to policy. It assembled many perspectives from the natural and social sciences to highlight the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss.

The conference featured a mix of plenary lectures, symposium, oral and poster sessions, presented by invited speakers, as well as scientists selected from a call for abstracts on the three following themes: strengthening biodiversity science, supporting the science – policy interface, and integrated approaches to topical issues. In addition, many presentations addressed specific African issues related to these themes (Conference programme; Abstracts book).

The conference received an important exposure in the media. Two media specialists hired by DIVERSITAS published two press releases (pre-conference and post-conference), and organised press conferences ahead of and during the conference. Altogether, articles were published by more than 300 news organisations / sites in at least 11 languages in 31 countries. For complete press coverage see here.

New scientific knowledge was presented and a larger DIVERSITAS set of networks emerged as a result of the conference. A stronger base in the Africa region is developing thanks to initial contacts which were made in Cape Town. Main outputs of the DIVERSITAS OSC2

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