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Innovating to protect biodiversity?

Conference: June 13, 2014, BnF, Paris

Organised in partnership with IDDRI and the BnF, the sixth conference in this annual series explores the role of innovation – its contribution and limitations – in efforts to preserve biodiversity. Open to the public, the event gathers leading international players, researchers and field organisations active in this vital area.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Innovating to protect biodiversity?
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Once again, the Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is partnering the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès to host the annual Biodiversity Conference, organised jointly for the past six years by the Foundation and IDDRI (the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations). 

Technological innovations continue to raise our expectations and hopes for the safeguarding of ecosystems around the world, just as they pose a significant threat to their survival. Now more than ever, we have a duty to examine and assess their impact.

The conference will address three key themes: speakers and delegates will evaluate how new technological applications (drones, satellite imagery, radar etc.) can contribute to the development of scientific knowledge, the surveillance of fragile territories, and the enforcement of national and international norms in the fight against the illegal trade in protected species. A round-table discussion will explore the role of innovation in the agricultural sector, for the measurement and quantification of the latter’s impact (risks and benefits) on biodiversity. The day will end with comment and debate on the vital question of innovation in the field of eco-restoration. Can new technologies help us recreate complex, viable, equivalent ecosystems ?

The conference’s three themes are designed to highlight new guidelines and recommendations for public authorities, the private sector and not-for-profit organisations as they address the issue of innovation governance, for the maintenance of our planet’s vital biodiversity.

Discover the programme of the conference

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Émilie Babut (French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy – MEDDE), Sandra Brooke (Florida State University), Damien Demailly (IDDRI), Crystal Davis (World Resources Institute), Émile Frison (Bioversity International), David Higgins (Interpol), Renaud Lapeyre (IDDRI), François Meienberg (Berne Declaration), Macy Merriman (DuPont Pioneer), Fabien Quetier (Biotope), Bruno Racine (BnF), Julien Rochette (IDDRI), John Tanzer (WWF International), Frédéric Thomas (IRD), Sébastien Treyer (IDDRI), Catherine Tsekenis (Fondation d'entreprise Hermès).