Introduction

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The definition of biodiversity under the Convention on Biological Diversity now recognises that biodiversity is a combination of ecosystem structure and function, as much as its components e.g. species, habitats and genetic resources. Article 2 states: ...in addressing the boundless complexity of biological diversity, it has become conventional to think in hierarchical terms, from the genetic material within individual cells, building up through individual organisms, populations, species and communities of species, to the biosphere overall... At the same time, in seeking to make management intervention as efficient as possible, it is essential to take an holistic view of biodiversity and address the interactions that species have with each other and their non-living environment, i.e. to work from an ecological perspective.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development endorsed the objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity to “achieve by 2010 a significant reduction of the current rate of biodiversity loss at the global, regional and national level as a contribution to poverty alleviation and to the benefit of life on Earth”. To achieve this outcome, biodiversity management will depend on maintaining structure and function.
Biodiversity is not singularly definable but may be understood via a series of management principles under BAPs, such as: (i) that biodiversity is conserved across all levels and scales – structure, function and composition are conserved at site, regional, state and national scales. (ii) that examples of all ecological communities are adequately managed for conservation. (iii) ecological communities are managed to support and enhance viable populations of animals, fungi, micro-organisms and plants and ecological functions.

A biodiversity action plan (BAP) is an internationally recognized program addressing threatened species and habitats and is designed to protect and restore biological systems. The original impetus for these plans derives from the 1992 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). As of 2009, 191 countries have ratified the CBD, but only a fraction of these have developed substantive BAP documents.
The principal elements of a BAP typically include: (i) preparing inventories of biological information for selected species or habitats; (ii) assessing the conservation status of species within specified ecosystems; (iii) creation of targets for conservation and restoration; and (iv) establishing budgets, timelines and institutional partnerships for implementing the BAP.


THEME:
Policies on Environmental Development and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity


SUB-THEMES:
1. Genetic diversity
2. Diversity of species
3. Diversity of ecosystems
4. Ethnobiology
5. Life Science and Technology


TIME AND PLACE:

Place : Training Centre (TC), Damhil Hotel and Convention Center, Universitas Negeri Gorontalo Jalan Jenderal Sudirman No 6 Kota Gorontalo
Date : 20 August 2016
Time : 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. WIB
 

Note: All manuscripts relating to the sub-themes can be submitted.