MEDIA ADVISORY – Crisis in Biodiversity

Posted on Monday, October 21, 2019

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Can Nature and People Thrive?

In the fight against biodiversity loss, the most important challenges we face appear to be political, not scientific or technical. We have the necessary technology to act, but the clear political will to change our ways seems to be the missing ingredient.

We need to develop effective solutions to this crisis and to activate political support for action. To do so, the University of Ottawa will host the Crisis in Biodiversity conference, where a panel of renowned experts will discuss and analyze credible solutions to reverse this crisis.

Now, more than ever, concrete measures need to be taken: The May 2019 report of the UN Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services paints a grim picture. Globally, around 1 million animal and plant species are threatened with extinction.


  • Jeremy Kerr, Full Professor, Department of Biology, University of Ottawa
  • Craig Stewart, Vice-President, Federal Affairs, Insurance Bureau of Canada
  • Basile Van Havre, Director General, Domestic and International Biodiversity Policy, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Alison Woodley, National Conservation Director, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
  • Larry McDermott, Executive Director of Plenty Canada and Algonquin from Shabot Obaadjiwan First Nation

WHAT: Crisis in Biodiversity, Can Nature and People Thrive?

WHERE: Room 12102, Desmarais Hall, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, On, K1N 6N5 l Map

WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2019, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm


For media inquiries:
Orian Labrèche
Media Relations Officer

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