Cycle of conferences on biodiversity

16th of February 2010
Research in recent years has strongly emphasized the role that biodiversity plays in human well-being. Its erosion has many negative effects in terms of food security, vulnerability to climate change, energy security, access to water or essential raw materials. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) showed that virtually all ecosystems have already been transformed, often drastically, by human activity, and that many continue to be converted or impoverished. By the same token, the loss of biodiversity has been faster over the past 50 years than in any previous period of human history, and shows no signs of slowing down. Today, the planet faces the sixth great extinction in its history - the first of anthropogenic origin.
As the International Year of Biodiversity, 2010 promises a possible - in any case necessary - return of biodiversity to the forefront of the international political scene. 2010 appears to be a year of scientific, political and strategic assessment for all stakeholders interested in protecting biodiversity.
In order to take part in the ongoing efforts and to contribute to the debate on the erosion and protection of biodiversity, the Hermès Foundation and Iddri have entered into a partnership within the framework of which they have decided to jointly organize a series of international conferences on biodiversity and ecosystems.
To mark its launch, the Fondation d' entreprise Hermès and Iddri organised an inaugural conference on 16 February 2010 at the musée du quai Branly in Paris, entitled "Biodiversity 2010 and beyond? ». This first conference, which brought together more than 300 participants, allowed us to focus on some of the major challenges facing biodiversity: feedback on the 2010 objectives, the reasons why they were not met, strategies to be implemented for the future, and so on.
The objective of this seminar is to contribute to making biodiversity a real challenge for society. It aims to raise awareness of the main issues related to biodiversity, with the primary mission of broadening the public concerned and opening up debates beyond purely expert circles.