Amid rising concerns, 600 global biodiversity experts meet in Cape Town, Oct. 13-16

September 30, 2009

Amid deepening concern that the pace of biodiversity loss is worsening in many places, some 600 biodiversity experts will converge in Cape Town October 13-16 for the DIVERSITAS Open Science Conference.

Experts say changes to ecosystems and losses of biodiversity have continued to accelerate. Since 1992, the most conservative estimates suggest that total tropical rainforest greater than the size of California has been converted mostly for food and fuel. Species extinction rates are at least 100 times those in pre-human times and are expected to continue to increase. The focus of biodiversity science today, however, is shifting from simply describing problems to solving them.

The conference takes place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. With an overarching theme of "Understanding connections, adapting to change," the 25 conference symposia topics fall into three broad fields:A detailed news release will be offered prior to the meeting with DIVERSITAS and other experts are available for advance interviews. Full conference details are online at www.diversitas-osc.org

A news blog will be maintained at http://diversitasconference.wordpress.com
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South Africa contact:
Catherina (Marina) Joubert
Tel: +27 83 409 4254
marina@southernscience.co.za

Diversitas

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