Audio / Podcasts

01 : Opening remarks by Professor Dame Alison Richard, Vice-Chancellor of the University of CambridgeDuration 11:17

Professor Dame Alison Richard briefly talks about the cause that brought together the delegates at the symposium, and the deep and abiding obligation of the human race to protect our natural capital from one generation to the next: "If one is to do great and ambitious things, the cause has to be a great, powerful and compelling cause - and we have such a cause."

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02 : The Cambridge Conservation Initiative - an opportunity for change?Duration 18:39

Dr Mike Rands, Executive Director of CCI, talks about the purpose of the CCI, it's community and the broader Cambridge Conservation community. He describes how the diversity and richness of these groups represent a true opportunity for change, introduces the other speakers and sets out the agenda for the day.

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03 : Keynote address by Janez Poto─ŹnikDuration 22:01

Janez Poto─Źnik, European Union Environment Commissioner, talks about the way in which 21st century was one of fragility, following the unparalleled growth of the previous century. He assets that the relevance of biodiversity to daily life in both the developed and developing world is of critical importance because our current way of life was not sustainable, and that the international financial crisis is an opportunity to re-examine our way of life.

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04 : What is biodiversity worth?Duration 16:05

Dr Bhaskar Vira from the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge talks about the concept of value explains why Adam Smith's paradox of value applies more so now than ever as we try to find ways to assess the value of natural capital.

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05 : Priorities for actionDuration 16:30

Dr Leon Bennun, Director of Science, Policy and Information at BirdLife International talks about the current state of efforts to conserve biodiversity, and where he believes conservation practitioners should go from here.

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06 : Panel discussion facilited by Dr Jane Smart, Director of the Biodiversity Conservation Group, IUCN.Duration 46.50

Panel : Professor Andrew Balmford (Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge), Dr Leon Bennun (BirdLife International), Steve Broad (Traffic International), Dr Matt Walpole (UNEP-WCMC), Dr Bhaskar Vira (Department of Geography, University of Cambridge)

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07 : Introduction to the afternoon sessionDuration 04:13

A short introduction to the afternoon session by Pamela Abbott, Chair of Cambridge Conservation Forum.

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08 : Conservation futuresDuration 12:02

Dr Andrew Clements, Director British Trust for Ornithology talks about the CCI programmes Cambridge Conservation Futures and Shared : "CCI propells the scaling up of interdisciplinary work, international work, and new institutional arrangements and partnerships."

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09 : Horizon ScanningDuration 11:20

Professor Bill Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology from the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge expresses his concerns that as a society we have not approaching been approaching forward planning adequately, and talks about the role of horizon scanning.

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10 : Building capacity for conservationDuration 13:06

Dr Rosie Trevelyan, Director of Tropical Biology Association discusses building capacity for conservation by referring to case studies.

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11 : Delivering the new MPhil in Conservation Leadership Duration 15:05

Professor Nigel Leader-Williams, Director of Conservation Leadership for CCI and the Department of Geography, University of Cambridge talks about setting up this new course, its purpose and background, and the future of learning and leadership in conservation.

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12 : A new stimulus for research on conservation solutionsDuration 11:27

Professor Rhys Green, Principal Research Biologist, RSPB/Professor of Conservation Science at the Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge talks about conservation research for policy and practice.

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13 : The Cambridge ecosystems and natural capital programmeDuration 11:49

Polly Courtice, Director of the Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership talks about a new project aimed at helping the corporate sector to understand the importance of ecosystems and biodiversity conservation and how to respond to the challenges.

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14 : Panel discussion facilited by Professor Bill Adams, Moran Professor of Conservation and Development, Department of Geography, University of CambridgeDuration 51:48

Panel : Polly Courtice, (Director, CPSL), Dr Andrew Clements (Director, BTO), Professor Nigel Leader-Williams (CCI), Professor Rhys Green (RSPB/ Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge) Professor Bill Sutherland (Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge), Dr Rosie Trevelyan (Director, Tropical Biology Association).

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Cambridge Conservation Initiative partners

Link to Birdlife International - Working together for birds and people British Trust for Ornithology The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Tropical Biology Association Link to IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature Link to Fauna & Flora International Link to The Cambridge Conservation Forum Link to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network Link to United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre