[Ipbes-stakeholder] Conference: How human activities cause biodiversity loss (24 Oct, Louvain-La-Neuve)

Belgian IPBES Stakeholder Group registration ipbes-stakeholder at bebif.be
Thu Jun 20 17:43:39 CEST 2019

Dear Colleagues,

You may be interested in the Conference "*How human activities cause
biodiversity loss*" that will take place on 24 Oct at UCLouvain. This will
be a good opportunity to bring biodiversity, climate change and other
experts together to discuss the drivers and underlying causes of
biodiversity loss. The conference will also be a good place to learn
about the recent IPBES Global Assessment report
information is provided below, and on the conference website


Best wishes,

Hilde E.

*Interactions and relative contributions of human activities; What do we
know, what do we need to know ?*

*Relevance*: This conference stems from the observation that
the interactions between, and the relative contributions, of different
types of human activities have unclear contributions on current and future
biodiversity loss unclear for most researchers. This is largely due to the
fact that very few publications compare the effects of these different
activities in the same model, and since all these activities have been
growing exponentially since 1850, they all correlate well with the
quantifications of biodiversity loss.

This conference aims to make people from areas of research involved in
biodiversity degradation and conservation, including biologists and
geographers (IPBES), and climatologists (IPCC), share data and a vision in
the context of the IPBES and IPCC coming reports about common sections
focusing on biodiversity. We aim that this conference allows a thorough
discussion of the causes of biodiversity loss. We expect it to be also an
occasion to spread the excellent work of IPBES and IPCC editors and chairs
to the political community in Belgium, which hosts the European parliament
and commission. Key players will be invited to join the conference
(UCLouvain is located 30 min from Brussels).

The conference can conveniently take place at the Earth and Life Institute
(450 researchers) at UCLouvain, which hosts internationally recognized
expertise in biodiversity, climate change, land use, forestry, and
agricultural practices notably, including Profs. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele,
Eric Lambin, Patrick Meyfroidt, Hans Van Dyck, and our university also
hosts other key actors of UN goals such as Prof. Olivier De Schutter. This
conference will also be an excellent training for ELI PhD students

*Organisation* : 24th October , one day, 4 sections (no parallel sessions)
and two round tables for discussion and synthesis. Proposed by : Caroline
Nieberding, Michel Crucifix, Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Philippe Marbaix and
Patrick Meyfroidt.

*Addressed to*: Researchers in Environmental sciences at UCLouvain and in
Belgium (Msc to PI), Belgian and European politicians (DG Environnement)
and Belgian NGOs. General audience will be welcome.

The lectures will be in English

*Place *: Auditoire Socrate (SOCR11), Place Cardinal Mercier,
Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Conference website
registration form
13 October)

*Hilde Eggermont*, PhD
Coordinator of the Belgian Biodiversity Platform
Vice-Chair of the BiodivERsA  <http://www.biodiversa.org/>Partnership
IPBES <http://www.biodiversity.be/ipbes> National Focal Point
IUCN <http://www.biodiversity.be/iucn> National Focal Point, and IUCN
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (OD Nature
Mobile: (+32) 473-613675; Skype: hildeeggermont; LinkedIn:
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