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How to deal with Nature’s dangerous decline? From the IPBES assessments to action
from 10 SEP 2019 to 11 SEP 2019
Early in May 2019, most media outlets around the world published the ‘inconvenient truth’ that humans are altering Earth’s ecosystems dramatically and at an unprecedent pace, with around 1 million animal and plant species now facing extinction.  The news resulted from the publication of the summary for policymakers of the Global Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). The report conveyed four key messages, briefly: (i) Nature and its vital contributions to people are deteriorating worldwide; (ii) Drivers of change are accelerating; (iii) Conservation and sustainability goals for 2030 and beyond may only be achieved through transformative changes across economic, social, political and technological factors; and (iv) The conservation, restoration and sustainable use of Nature require urgent and concerted efforts fostering transformative change. 

This conference on biodiversity was organised to review the past and present troubles and the challenges ahead, disseminating and discussing the dramatic conclusions of the IPBES reports, while paving the way towards new and more effective approaches to deal with Nature’s dangerous declines. To meet these goals, the conference brings together world experts involved as authors in the IPBES reports, with researchers and practitioners working around the world to understand and protect our threatened biodiversity and ecosystems. An exciting programme will include presentations, debates, and the screening of a recently completed film on one of the wildest and more biodiverse regions in Portugal: the Guadiana Valley.


EXPLORING IDEAS FOR A POST-2020 BIODIVERSITY STRATEGY
The conference will be held in a period when the United Nations decade on Biodiversity (2011-2020) is coming to an end, and it is now clear that the ambitious Aichi Biodiversity Targets of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will not be met. It will thus be an opening event for the critical year of 2020, when a number of initiatives will be organised around the world to discuss how to halt the loss of biodiversity to ensure resilient ecosystems, culminating in the Conference of the Parties to the CBD in October and the much-anticipated adoption at the global scale of the Post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy. 
To stimulate discussion on this important issue, the Foundation of Serralves together with CIBIO-InBIO (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto) and the support of EDP Biodiversity Chair, invited experienced speakers to present keynote lectures describing the challenges and opportunities regarding biodiversity conservation worldwide, building on the recent assessments published by IPBES. A number of case studies will show that is possible to turn the tide on the biodiversity crisis, namely through the development of partnerships bringing together academia and the public and private sectors. The audience will be invited to the discussions raised by the presentations, from which contributions to the Post-2020 Biodiversity Strategy are expected to emerge.

Free entry with registration via Marta Tavares  and Anabela Silva.

08:30 Arrival/Coffee/Registration
09:00 Opening
Welcome - Dra Ana Pinho, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Serralves Foundation
Introduction – Prof Nuno Ferrand, Director of CIBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto
Conference overview – Prof Pedro Beja, EDP Biodiversity Chair, CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto

09:30 – 11:00 Session 1: The IPBES Assessments 
What is IPBES? - Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; IPBES – Multidisciplinary Expert Panel) 
- The Global Assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services – Josef Settele (UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research; IPBES- Chair and Coordinating Lead Author on Global Assessment) 
- The Assessment of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Europe –  Vânia Proença (MARETEC, LARSyS, IST Técnico Lisboa, University of Lisbon; IPBES Lead Author - Europe and Central Asia) 

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 1 continued 
- Scenarios and Models of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services – Henrique Miguel Pereira (iDiv - German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research; IPBES – Chair and Coordinating Lead Author – Scenarios and models) 
- Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production – Simon Potts (Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, University of Reading; IPBES – Chair on Pollination Assessment)
- Land Degradation and Restoration – Francisco Moreira (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto; IPBES – Lead Author on Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment) 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Session 2: How to turn the tide of biodiversity loss? 
- Business & Biodiversity – To be invited
- Research towards conservation in partnership with business corporations: The case of EDP Biodiversity Chair – Prof Pedro Beja. EDP Biodiversity Chair, CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto
- Consumption and supply chains – To be invited
- Protected Areas beyond 2020 – To be invited

16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

16:30 – 17:30 Session 2 continued 
- Conservation through wise use: including people into the equation – Miguel Bugalho (CEABN-InBIO -  Centre for Applied Ecology Prof. Baeta Neves – Associate Laboratory, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, School of Agriculture, University of Lisbon)- Confirmed
- Rewilding – Laetitia Navarro (iDiv - German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research; IPBES – Lead Author on Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment) – Confirmed
- Enabling social-ecological change with the Nature Futures – To be invited

17:30 – 18:30 Session 3: Round Table: Post-2020 Biodiversity Conservation Strategies
Introduction Henrique Miguel Pereira (iDiv - German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research; IPBES – Coordinating Lead Author)
Chair: Pedro Beja (EDP Biodiversity Chair, CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto)
- Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, University of Porto; IPBES – Multidisciplinary Expert Panel)
- Josef Settele (UFZ - Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research)
- Simon Potts (Centre for Agri-Environmental Research, University of Reading; IPBES – Chair on Pollination Assessment)
- Francisco Moreira (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto; IPBES – Lead Author on Land Degradation and Restoration Assessment)
- Sara Goulartt (Department of Sustainability, EDP)

18:30 – 19:15 Welcome Reception

19:15Close day 1

09:00 Opening

09:00 – 11:00 Session 4: Biodiversity conservation in practice 
The uniqueness of the Serralves Park – Ricardo Bravo (Foundation of Serralves) 
- Communication and dissemination of biodiversity in the Serralves Park – Mariana Roldão e Raquel Ribeiro (Foundation of Serralves and CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 
- Long term conservation of a marine park – Diogo Paulo (CCMAR - Centre of Marine Sciences, University of Algarve)
- The return of the osprey – Luís Palma (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 5: CIBIO around the world: Research towards conservation
- Armed conflicts and wildlife decline: challenges and recommendations for effective conservation policy in the Sahara-Sahel – José Carlos Brito (CIBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto) 
- Madagascar: Evolutionary genetics and genomics in a biodiversity hotspot – Angelica Crottini (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 
- Rediscovering the lost megafauna of Angola – Pedro Monterroso (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:30 – 15:30 Session 5 continued 
- Freshwater mussel diversity and conservation in SE Asia – Manuel Lima (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 
- Current challenges to plant biodiversity conservation in the Azores Archipelago: upscaling the relevance of scientific data and international networking in the development of mitigation strategies – Mónica Moura (and CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Azores) 
- Conservation challenges for large oceanic travellers – Nuno Queiroz (and CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 – 18:30 Session 6: Partnering with municipalities to promote biodiversity 
- Ecological intensification of pest control services in the Regional Natural Park of the Tua Valley -  Luís Pascoal (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 
- The Biological Station of Mértola – Paulo Célio Alves (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 
- 50 years of research in Peneda-Gerês – João Honrado (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) 
- Screening of film: ‘Guadiana Selvagem’ (WILDSTEP Productions with the Câmara Municipal de Mértola, Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana e o Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e das Florestas (ICNF) – Presented by the director Daniel Pinheiro  
Question & Answer session: Paulo Célio Alves (CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto) and Daniel Pinheiro (WILDSTEP Productions).

18:30 Closing session
Dra Ana Pinho, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Serralves Foundation
Prof Nuno Ferrand, Director of CIBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, University of Porto
Prof Pedro Beja, EDP Biodiversity Chair, CIBIO-InBIO - Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources-Associate Laboratory, University of Porto.

Daniel Pinheiro - Wildlife Photographer
Fotógrafo e realizador português, especializado em história natural. Mestre em Wildlife Documentary Production pela Universidade de Salford, Inglaterra, onde aprendeu com vários profissionais da Unidade de História Natural da BBC, incluindo Sir David Attenborough, Paul Reddish, Niel Lucas entre outros. Licenciado em Comunicação e Design Multimédia pelo Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra. Técnico de Audiovisuais na Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian entre 2008 e 2010. As suas produções foram transmitidas na tv portuguesa (SIC e TVI) e internacional (TVE - Espanha, CCTV - China, Wild Planet - Rússia, HRT - Croácia entre outras), obtendo recordes de audiência no formato história natural em Portugal.  Foram também premiadas em vários festivais de cinema em Portugal. Participou em várias produções em Portugal, Espanha, Peru, Brasil e Argentina com destaque para a série  "Wild Untamed Brazil" para o National Geographic Channel.

Documentário "Guadiana Selvagem” (trailer aqui)
Um dos últimos refúgios selvagens de Portugal, onde um grande rio marcou o seu percurso na rocha ao longo de milénios.
Um ambiente hostil onde a água é essencial para uma grande diversidade de espécies.
Terra de povos ancestrais que aqui prosperaram durante séculos moldando a paisagem em harmonia com a natureza.
Um local de extremos que nos surpreende a cada instante, onde a calma aparente esconde uma luta constante pela sobrevivência.


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  • Schedule08h30 - 20h30
  • Days 10 SEP 2019 - 11 SEP 2019

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