Sustaining Biodiversity: A Challenge for Science and Policy

Compared to the climate change debate, the loss of biological diversity seems to be less visible and prevalent in global environmental politics. However, biodiversity politics has received new impetus for the last decade, inter alia, because of the increased recognition that biodiversity and climate change must be tackled together. Another important factor is the particular role science has played in re-configuring biodiversity conservation as a measurable and relevant parameter for human wellbeing. In order to develop a better understanding of the underlying dynamics, we need to turn our attention to the intersection between science, politics, and policy. In this vein, this talk examined the historical, conceptual, and institutional conditions of the emergence of „biodiversity” as a global environmental concern, scientific object, and a policy issue and critically reflect current trends in biodiversity science and policy and what they imply for environmental governance in the future.

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22.04 IIASA and the ÖAW host discussions on biodiversity



Moderation: Viktor J. Bruckman, ÖAW

18:00-18:15 Opening

18:15-18:40 Lecture

18:40-19:30 Discussion

19:30 Reception

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About Alice Vadrot © Alice Vadrot

Alice Vadrot is Associate Professor for International Relations with a focus on Environmental Politics at the Department of Political Science of the University of Vienna and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) of the University of Cambridge. Since 2018, she is principal investigator of the ERC Starting Grant project MARIPOLDATA (2018–2023), and since 2019 member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and a Senior Fellow of the Earth System Governance platform.


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