Invitation to Register: Biodiversity, Sustainable Development, and the Law Conference, 20-22 February, Cambridge UK. Open Invitation

Friday, 6 February, 2015 - 08:54
  • Are you an expert, policy-maker, professional, scholar or student working on law and policy aspects of biodiversity, protected species and sustainable development?
  • Would you contribute to a discussion world-class international conference on key challenges and innovative legal solutions for the implementation of international treaties on biodiversity, species at risk, forests and wetlands?

Join the Cutting-Edge Global Conversation on Biodiversity Law + Governance in Cambridge

Calling all interested policy makers, lawyers, academics, scientists and students to register now for the International Symposium: Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law (20-22 February, 2015) Cambridge, UK

Join Us in Cambridge for Four Feature Events:

  1. CITES as a Tool for Sustainable Development: Experts Seminar / 9am-6pm Friday 20th Feb 2015
    (Hughes Hall, Cambridge, Wollaston Road, Cambridge CB1 2EW)
  2. Combatting Illegal Wildlife Trade: Public Guest Lecture Event / 7pm Friday 20th Feb 2015
    Invited Lecturers: Mr John Scanlon, Secretary-General, CITES & Dr Jon Hutton, Director, UNEP-WCMC
    (Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ)
  3. Biodiversity, Sustainable Development and the Law: International Symposium / 9am-6pm Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd Feb 2015
    (St John’s Divinity Schools, Cambridge, directly across from St John’s College, Saint Johns Street, Cambridge CB2 1TP)
  4. Biodiversity Governance: Symposium Dinner & C-EENRG Launch Event / 7:30pm-11pm Saturday 21st Feb 2015
    (Westminster College, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0AA)

Biodiversity degradation and loss has reached alarming levels. While international treaties, including the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, can make an important difference, they also face many practical legal and governance challenges. How are biodiversity accords helping the world to advance sustainable development?  What more must be done, and how can better law and governance systems help? In their talks, global environmental leaders and practitioners will share valuable insight on the past successes, current hurdles and potential future solutions regarding these common problems.

Organized by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL) and the University of Cambridge LCIL, C-EENRG and UCCRI, together with the Secretariats of four international treaties on biodiversity, the world-leading UNCGIAR Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC), this international symposium will take place over two days in Cambridge from 21 - 22 February 2015, preceded by an Experts Seminar and Guest Lecture at the Faculty of Law on 20 February 2015.

For a detailed conference schedule of events, as well as the conference poster, please refer to the below links:

Registration for both the conference at the conference dinner may be completed via Eventbrite (
Places are limited, so please register early to avoid disappointment.

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