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In celebration of IBD, the Woods Hole Research Centre in Falmouth, Massachusetts held a program of short lectures on 22 May. Centre scientists Mr. Scott Goetz, Ms. Nadine Laporte and Mr. David McGrath discussed the impact of climate change and its effects on biodiversity in different regions of the world, namely the boreal forest of North America, Africa and the Amazon respectively. In addition, posters profiling the Centre’s work in sites around the world were displayed.
Stetson University College of Law, Florida, organized a live interactive multimedia broadcast in commemoration of IBD. The broadcast began with a lecture by Dr. Sheila Watt-Cloutier, Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and past Chair of the Inuit Cirumpolar Conference (ICC). Panel respondents included: Mr. Royal C. Gardner (Moderator), Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law; Mr. Wil Burns, was an Associate Professor in the International Environmental Policy Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Wildlife Law & Policy and Co-Chair of the International Environmental Law Committee of the American Society of International Law; and Ms. Annie Petsonk, coordinator of Environmental Defense's advocacy efforts on international environmental law, international agreements and institutions and is an adjunct professor at George Washington University and University of Maryland law schools.
A presentation was delivered at the Mosaic of Life exposition at the Kentucky State fair, which was essentially a virtual “eco-tour” exploring endangered species in Kentucky and in Africa. For more information click here.