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Workshops

In recent years, Salit Kark and her Biodiversity Research Group have organized and chaired a wide range of workshops and conferences. In 2012, we established the First International Workshop on Conservation Planning in the Mediterranean Sea, which took place in Santorini, Greece. This was followed by the 2nd International Workshop on Conservation Planning in the Mediterranean Sea that took place in the Eastern Med basin in 2012. These led to new successful collaborations among multiple leading scientists and experts working on biodiversity/ecosystem conservation prioritization and planning across the Mediterranean.

Between 2012-2014, we led several workshops discussing the Role of Collaboration in Conservation, as part of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED). Management of alien invasive species also requires collaboration and coordination among different countries, stakeholders and regions, and in 2014 we led a CEED workshop in Canberra discussing invasive bird management in Australia. In 2010, we coordinated and chaired an International Expert Workshop on Science-based Conservation: Achievements, Gaps and Challenges, to which we invited experts from five continents.

During 2009-2011, Kark led a working group and monthly round table meetings of scientists, practitioners, managers from both governmental and nongovernmental organizations discussing how to close the gaps between science, policy and practice in biodiversity conservation (science-based conservation) in Israel. In 2010-11, along with Prof Noam Levin, we organized a series of workshops entitled: Identifying the Most Important and Policy Relevant Research Questions: Horizon Scanning for Biodiversity Conservation in Israel, with international invited guests. In May 2009, we led an International Workshop on Griffon Vulture Conservation Planning at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

International Expert Workshop on Science-based Conservation: Achievements, Gaps and Challenges

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In March 2010 an international workshop on science-based conservation and conservation-oriented science took place in Israel.The international workshop was aimed at:

  • Discussing avenues for global science-based conservation of biodiversity and keys for success
  • Understanding and examining models of cooperation between science, policy formulation and conservation practice, including modes of operation and terms of communication
  • Assessing applicability of models to Israel
  • Providing a brainstorming opportunity to forge the way forward in establishing long-term connections between conservation science, policy and practice.

The international workshop was attended by leading figures in the field of conservation science from the US, Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. The workshop focused on ideas and avenues for developing future generations of conservation specialists by establishing teaching, funding and research programs that will place Israel as a world leader in the fields of biodiversity conservation research, practice and policy.

 

Workshop Speakers

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The workshop included an open conference day with lectures by invited guests. Click on speakers to watch their presentation.

Prof. Luigi Boitani: University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy & Society for Conservation Biology- President
Science and conservation of large carnivores in Europe

Dr. Tom Brooks: Nature serve & Conservation International, USA
The alliance for zero extinction: conservation targets, investment priorities, and local action

Dr. Salit Kark: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Science-Based Conservation: Achievements, Gaps and Challenges

Prof. Hugh Possingham: The University of Queensland, Australia
Does science change government policy and management? Examples from Down Under

Dr. Liana Joseph: The University of Queensland, Australia. New Zealand Department of Conservation
Prioritising management for threatened species recovery in Australia and New Zealand

Dr. Richard Maloney The University of Queensland, Australia. New Zealand Department of Conservation

Belinda Mellish The University of Queensland, Australia. New Zealand Department of Conservation

Dr. Eric Sanderson: The Wildlife Conservation Society, USA
Mapping human influence on the biosphere in the 21st century

Prof. Uriel Safriel The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel

Dr. James Watson: The University of Queensland, Australia
Turning systematic conservation planning tools into action

Dr. Belinda Reyers: The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa
Conservation planning and practice in South Africa

 

Downloads

Summary of academic programs that link science, environment and policy, by Tessa Mazor
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Speaker bios and feedback
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Planning an Israeli Platform for Science-based Biodiversity Conservation – Final Report of Outputs
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Interim Report and Summary Brochure
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Advancing Science-based conservation in Israel

Workshop run by the Department of Evolution, Systematics, and Ecology, The Institute of Life Sciences, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Aims

This large-scale initiative aims to bridge the gap between conservation science, policy and decision making in Israel.
The working group commenced activity in October 2009 with a team from a range of academic, governmental and non-governmental organizations. The objectives of the initiative are:

    • To strengthen the links between scientists, practitioners and policy makers in the areas of biodiversity conservation and promote science-based conservation in Israel
    • To enhance communication between the major stakeholders in Israel’s biodiversity and conservation arena
    • To build partnerships and improve communication between scientists and decision makers
    • To develop a successful platform that promotes the co-operation of people within the biodiversity conservation arena in Israel
    • Ultimately, to improve the ability to sustain and protect Israel’s unique and rich biodiversity.

 

Core team members

Dr. Salit Kark – Group Leader, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Yacov Arak – Jewish National Fund (JNF)
Dr. Naama Berg – The Israel Consortium of Ecosystems Management (MAARAG)
Liron Dean – Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection
Dr. Yael Gavrieli – Tel Aviv University
Dr. Rivka Hadas – The Agricultural Research Organization (Volcani Centre)
Hanoch Islar – Israeli Society for Ecology and Environmental Sciences (ISEES)
Dr. Gili Koniak – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Noam Leader – Israel Nature and Parks Authority (NPA)
Dr. Amir Perelberg – The Society for Protection of Nature (SPNI)
Dr. Arye Vanger – Israel’s Union for Environmental Defense
Dr. Ruthy Yahel – Israel Nature and Parks Authority (NPA)

Other Participants in working group activity

Prof. Yohay Carmel – Technion – ISEES
Emanuel Cohen-Shacham – Tel-Aviv University
Dr. Elli Groner – The Israel Consortium of Ecosystems Management (MAARAG)
Liat Hadar – Ramat HaNadiv
Nir Papay – The Society for Protection of Nature (SPNI) Prof. Avi Perevolotsky -The Agricultural Research Organization (Volcani Centre)
Alon Rothschild – The Society for Protection of Nature (SPNI)
Prof. Uriel Safriel – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

1st International Workshop on Mediterranean Conservation Planning: Santorini, 2012

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This workshop aimed to bring together experts involved with conservation planning of the Mediterranean Sea, in order to inform each other about ongoing projects and future collaborations. Due to the novelty of conservation planning in this area and importance of implementing conservation measures, this workshop provided an opportunity to collaborate and advance current conservation research efforts and programs. The objective was to emerge from the workshop with expanded knowledge, enhanced cooperation between researchers and countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and clear goals for future projects and partnerships.

Find out more about this workshop here.

2nd International Workshop on Conservation Planning in the Mediterranean Sea: Mikhmoret, 2013

This workshop aimed to bring together experts involved with conservation planning of the Mediterranean Sea, in order to inform each other about ongoing projects and future collaborations. Due to the novelty of conservation planning in this area and importance of implementing conservation measures, this workshop provided an opportunity to collaborate and advance current conservation research efforts and programs. The objective was to emerge from the workshop with expanded knowledge, enhanced cooperation between researchers and countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea and clear goals for future projects and partnerships.

3rd International Workshop on Mediterranean Conservation Planning: Lecce, 2015

In April 2015, Associate Professor Simonetta Fraschetti (University of Selanto, Italy) and Associate Professor Salit Kark co-chaired the Third International conference/workshop in Lecce, Italy. The workshop was the third of a series of workshops that Kark initiated and has led since 2012 with colleugues aimed at advancing conservation in the Mediterranean region through science and collaboration with policy makers. We are currently working on the papers resulting from the workshop and a summary from the Lecce workshop can be found in the link: here.

More Information
If you would like more information on these and future workshops it is available via email at:
s.kark@uq.edu.au.

Read more about some of workshops led by Kark and the Biodiversity Research Group in recent years:

 

Year
Mediterranean Conservation
Conservation Planning
Invasive Species
July 2016 Threatened Species Recovery Hub Workshop Threats posed by Cane Toads
February 2016 Threatened Species Recovery Hub Workshop Saving Species on Australian Islands- Failures, successes and lessons learned
2015 The 3rd International Workshop on Conservation Planning in the Mediterranean Sea
2014 The role of Collaboration in conservation in the Western Indian Ocean, CEED/NERP workshop, Brisbane Managing Invasive Birds Wisely, CEED workshop, Canberra
2013 The 2nd International Workshop on Conservation Planning in the Mediterranean Sea, Michmoret
2012 The 1st International Workshop Advancing Conservation Planning in the Mediterranean Sea The Role of Collaboration in Conservation
2011 Identifying the Most Important and Policy Relevant Research Questions: Horizon Scanning for Biodiversity Conservation in Israel
2010 Identifying the Most Important and Policy Relevant Research Questions: Horizon Scanning for Biodiversity Conservation in Israel International Expert Workshop on Science-based Conservation: Achievements, Gaps and Challenges
2009 Advancing Science-based conservation in Israel – How to close the gaps between science, policy and practice International Workshop on Griffon Vulture Conservation Planning