Biodiversity Without Boundaries 2011
“An incredible gathering of knowledgeable and dedicated scientists, all of whom are directly engaged in getting their data into decision-making. Thanks for gathering us together for an empowering week!”
– 2009 Conference Attendee
The agenda tracks at Biodiversity Without Boundaries are organized around the core activities of biodiversity conservation:
- Technology & Tools
- Planning & Leadership.
Each day, an additional program track will feature special topics geared toward today's issues and BWB's audience. We currently plan these following special topics, but may adjust or change them as the agenda develops:
Climate change continues to emerge as the major threat to plants, animals, and the ecosystems on which they depend. Efforts to understand this threat and to develop the strategies to mitigate and adapt to its effects are evolving at an equally rapid pace. NatureServe’s interest in the topic reflects the natural heritage network?s 35-year history of ongoing field inventory and monitoring—work that represents a unique resource for understanding climate change?s on-the-ground impact. Sessions in this track will illuminate current data, tools, and research that can help anticipate and address the threat?s bearing on biodiversity. We invite session proposals from researchers and practitioners engaged in developing, applying, and assessing responses to this complex and ever-looming threat.
Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) provides an ethical decision-making framework for guiding corporate strategies and business principles toward a more sustainable future. Investors, stakeholders, and regulators alike are more interested than ever in companies’ environmental performance. This topic will explore how the use of biodiversity data and tools within CSR programs can inform business strategies and generate competitive—and conservation—advantages. We invite session proposals from professionals engaged in incorporating dimensions of biodiversity within CSR initiatives.
From extracted hydrocarbons to renewables, our society’s increasing appetite for energy in all forms expands the range of challenges and issues for biodiversity conservation. This topic will explore strategies and impacts related to alternative methods for developing, producing, and delivering sources of energy. We invite session proposals from scientists, technologists, planners, and resource managers working at the intersection of energy and biodiversity.
BWB 2011 will integrate the intensive methodology and technology workshops formerly conducted as part of a separate regional conference within the broader conference. We encourage member programs and anyone applying natural heritage methodology—particularly those in the Midwest—to participate in these working-group sessions. As in the past, the format will seek to address issues and seek active audience participation in the form of discussions, solutions, and actions.
From the Great Lakes to the Great Plains, the Rust Belt to the Corn Belt, biodiversity conservation in the Midwest presents unique challenges and opportunities. This topic will highlight the species and ecosystems of the region and the issues they face. We invite session proposals from member programs, partners, and others working to inventory, manage, and protect biodiversity throughout the heartland.
View the Schedule at a Glance.