Scripta Varia

Science and Actions for Species Protection. Noah's Arks for the 21st Century


Proceedings of the Workshop
Science and Actions for Species Protection. Noah's Arks for the 21st Century
13-14 May 2019
Joachim von Braun (editor)
Scripta Varia 146, Vatican City, 2019
E-Pub ahead of print  

1. Introduction

Opening and introductory remarks
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo | Bishop Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Introducing the context of biodiversity loss and its consequences as outlined by Laudato si’
Joachim von Braun | President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

2. Lessons and insights from natural history museums research and outreach

Towards a 21st Century Open and Integrated Natural History Museum
Johannes C. Vogel | Director of Natural History Museum, Berlin, Germany


Museum Manifesto: What Future Without Nature?
Bruno David | President, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France


Fostering Community Engagement with Nature at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
Lori Bettison-Varga | President & Director, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA


History in Action: the Role of Natural History Museums in Conservation
Richard W. Lariviere | President, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA


3. Lessons and insights from zoological gardens research and outreach

The Context of Zoos and Aquariums
Thomas Kauffels | Director, Opel-Zoo, Kronberg, Germany, and Chairman, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), UK


Zoos and Public Conservation Education
Gloria Svampa Garibaldi | President, Italian Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Zoological Director of the Education & Nature Conservation Departments of the City Museum of Zoology of Rome, Italy


Zoos mobilising the public for legislative change
Theo B. Pagel | Zoo Director and CEO of Cologne Zoo, Germany


Zoo-led science and the global conservation of species
Mark Pilgrim | Vice-Chair EAZA and Chester Zoo CEO, UK

The Synod on the Amazon
Cardinal Cláudio Hummes | General Rapporteur, Synod on the Amazon


Zoos: Connecting People with Nature and Wellness Building
María Clara Domínguez | Cali Zoological Foundation, Colombia


4. Lessons and insights from Botanical gardens research and outreach

Plant conservation: Challenges and opportunities
Peter H. Raven | PAS Academician


The Center for Plant Conservation model to urgently and effectively conserve North American plants
John R. Clark | Chair of the Center for Plant Conservation, San Diego, California, USA


Can botanic gardens conserve all of the world’s rare and threatened plant species?
Paul Smith | Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, London, UK


Conservation-oriented restoration as a primary solution
Sergey Volis | Kunming Institute of Botany, Cas, China


Erica verticillata, from extinction to restoration
Anthony N. Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, SANBI, South Africa


Technologies from Agriculture to Help “Noah” Save Plants
Christina Walters | Seed storage, USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation, USA

The National Collection of Colombia’s Native Palms: A Testimony of Love for Planet Earth
Alberto Gómez Mejia | President of Colombian Botanical Gardens Network, Colombia


5. Overarching issues: scientific, moral/religious, and political aspects of species conservation and human behavior change

Policies in Ethiopia on Protection of Nature and Species
Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe | Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

Engaging Traditional Populations and Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation through Amazon Bioeconomy
Virgilio Viana | Director General of Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS), Manaus, Brazil

Conserving the Diversity of Life: A Moral Duty and Imperative for Equitable Development
Marco Lambertini | Director General, WWF

Community Authority and the Signals of Science: Next Steps in Furthering the Impact of Biodiversity Conservation Science
Philippa J. Benson | Managing Editor | Science Advances, Washington, DC, USA

From a Sea-Snail to the Heavenly Throne: Wild Fauna in Jewish Law and Spirituality
Yehoshua Weisinger | “Bioethics and Law Initiative”, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University; Schlesinger Institute for Medical-Halachic Research, Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Plants and Nature in Bible and Quran – How Respect for Nature Connects Us
Wilhelm Barthlott | Prof. em., Nees-Institute for Biodiversity of Plants, University of Bonn, Germany

Climate Crisis and Hope
Mikkel Wold | Lutheran Parish Priest at Marmorkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark

Closing remarks and Follow up
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo | Bishop Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Joachim von Braun | President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences



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