CBB Seminar: Appeal for a wise political response to our deteriorating world Event as iCalendar


20 June 2013

18 - 18pm

Venue: Tamaki Innovation Campus, University of Auckland, Blg 733, Rm 201

Host: Centre for Biodiversity and Biosecurity

 Professor Sir Alan Mark
University of Otago

A group of 100 celebrated and widely respected New Zealanders recently launched an appeal to all political parties to design robust cross-party strategies and policies to avert the following risks and give future generations the best chance of security, peace, social justice and opportunity for all.

The leader of this appeal, Emeritus Professor Sir Alan Mark, (Department of Botany, University of Otago), a celebrated ecologist and conservationist, will be speaking at the University of Auckland to promote the five objectives of the appeal (wiseresponse.org.nz). Sir Alan Mark is one of New Zealand’s leading plant ecologists (> 200 publications), researching the ecology and sustainable management requirements of a wide range of indigenous ecosystems, most notably the South Island high country tussocklands and the Fiordland lakes Manapouri and Te Anau. He first became actively involved in conservation over the raising of Lake Manapouri and played a key role in linking science with conservation. Alan has served as a government appointee on several organisations, such as the NZ Conservation Authority. He is the New Zealand member of the Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Alan is a Distinguished Life Member and a Conservation Ambassador of the Forest & Bird Protection Society, a Life Member of the N.Z. Ecological Society, the Ecological Society of America, and an Honorary Member of the N.Z. Alpine Club. Alan's research has been recognised by his peers: Fellow of the Royal Society of N.Z. (1978), recipient of the Society's Hutton Medal (1997) and Fleming Environmental Award (2010). He received a CBE in 1989, a DCNZM in 2001 and was knighted (KNZM) in 2009 for his services to conservation in New Zealand. Alan remains a strong advocate for the conservation of New Zealand's indigenous ecosystems.

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