Defining Biodiversity

The first of three workshops at University of Bristol looking at Mainstreaming Biodiversity.

This workshop was a big picture introduction to the challenges of defining diversity – both from a scientific perspective, but also from the perspective of e.g. nutrient cycling, ecological outputs etc – i.e. the interaction of biodiversity (loss) with other planetary limits.

Two invited speakers gave excellent talks: Tim Newbold from the the UN WCMC in Cambridge, who wrote part of the biodiversity section for the recent UN GEO 5 report on the state of the global environment; and Colin Reid (University of Dundee), who works on protected area legislation.