[Coral-List] Call for Abstracts ICRS 2016 - Session 77 - Corals and the U.S. Endangered Species Act: Bridging the gap between science, management, and conservation action

Abel Valdivia AValdivia at biologicaldiversity.org
Wed Dec 23 12:10:42 EST 2015

Dear colleagues,

We would like to invite you to submit abstracts for presentations to the Session 77 at the 13th International Coral Reef Symposium in Honolulu, Hawaii, June 2016: “Corals and the U.S. Endangered Species Act: Bridging the gap between science, management, and conservation action”  https://www.sgmeet.com/icrs2016/sessionschedule.asp?SessionID=77

Abstract submission is already open and submission overview can be found here:  https://sgmeet.com/icrs2016/submission_overview.asp

Deadline: 15 January 2016

Goal: The main goal of the session is to provide comprehensive information to scientists, managers, non-governmental organizations, and the public on the benefits that the U.S. Endangered Species Act have on protecting corals and promoting the recovery of coral reefs.

Session Description: Reef-building corals, the main foundation species of coral reefs, are dying at accelerated pace due to climate change and other anthropogenic threats, resulting in negative effects for ecosystem function and services. Although the science on the causes and consequences of coral loss is comprehensive, conservation actions have been largely insufficient to actively reverse coral decline. The Endangered Species Act (ESA), one of the world’s strongest biodiversity protection laws, has prevented the extinction of 99 percent of species under its care and has effectively promoted recovery. Currently, 22 coral species are listed as threatened under the ESA. However, some reef scientists and managers may not be aware of the conservation benefits that the ESA may have on coral reef recovery. This session will host an interdisciplinary panel with expertise in coral reef science, environmental policy, and restoration, to bridge the gap between science, management, and conservation. We will discuss how the ESA provides tools for conservation and promotes the recovery of listed corals and coral reefs. The coral listing is a unique opportunity for academia, non-governmental organizations, federal agencies, and the public to provide the necessary science to implement management actions. The session will be interactive with ample opportunity for participation.

Session format: The session format will combine talks and a facilitated panel discussion among scientists, federal government, and non-governmental organizations.

We look forward to your submissions. Feel free to contact us for questions.


The session organizers

Abel Valdivia, Center for Biological Diversity  <avaldivia at biologicaldiversity.org>
John Bruno, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill    <jbruno at unc.edu>
Jennifer Moore, NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office <jennifer.moore at noaa.gov>
Bernardo Vargas-Angel , NOAA Fisheries Service Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center <bernardo.vargasangel at noaa.gov>

Abel Valdivia PhD
Ocean Scientist  |  Oceans Program
Oakland, California
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email: avaldivia at biologicaldiversity.org

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