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Thirteenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Nereus Fellow Daniel Dunn will be attending the meeting, held biannually. The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and meets to advance implementation of the Convention through its meetings.

December 4 - December 17
Moon Palace Convention Centre

Arctic Frontiers Conference

Nereus Fellow Richard Caddell will be presenting on “Precautionary Management and the Regulation of Future Fisheries” at the Arctic Frontiers Conference in Tromsø. The conference brings together more than 1400 representatives from academia, government, and business to discuss the challenges associated with sustainable development in the Artic.

January 22, 2017 - January 27, 2017

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  • In response to: A Global Estimate of Seafood Consumption by Coastal Indigenous Peoples

    Traditionally, Indigenous people have resisted research, especially quantitative research that has fed into the imposition of discriminatory socio-economic and political policies to the detriment of Indigenous communities. However, having access to a global database that quantifies fish consumption specifically by Coastal Indigenous peoples around the world, is a critical contribution to Indigenous struggle on a number of fronts.

  • The Madingley model and questions of abstraction and scale

    Madingley is a global computational model. To a broad approximation, the Madingley model represents all (most) forms of life. It achieves this by using what’s called a functional-type representation. Species are aggregated in to broad categories that describe a select number of their properties, rather than everything about them. For some, this conceptual leap is too much. Why take a step towards representing all life, but miss the explicit inclusion of species? The answer lies in making the best of human knowledge, and balancing computational expense.

  • Mexico needs to rethink environmental protection budget cuts, prioritize ecologically-sustainable human development

    By Andrés M. Cisneros-Montemayor

    Mexico recently released its budget for 2017, and among the top five largest cuts were environmental protection (down by 37%), culture (-30%), and education (-11%). Political rhetoric aside, these cuts reflect a continuing view of these issues as minor, long-term, or otherwise less important or pressing. The problem is, these views also directly contradict a growing recognition in international policy of the importance of the environment, culture and education, in and of themselves, but also as part of an interdependent suite of human development goals.