Scripta Varia

Science and Actions for Species Protection. Noah's Arks for the 21st Century


Atti del Workshop
13-14 maggio 2019
J. von Braun, T. Kauffels, P. Raven, J, Vogel, M. Sánchez Sorondo (eds)
Scripta Varia 146
Vatican City 2020
pp. 270
ISBN 978-88-7761-098-0  


1. Introduction

Opening and introductory remarks
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo | Bishop Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Introducing the context of biodiversity loss and its consequences as outlined by Laudato si’
Joachim von Braun | President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

2. Lessons and insights from natural history museums research and outreach

Towards a 21st Century Open and Integrated Natural History Museum
Johannes C. Vogel | Director of Natural History Museum, Berlin, Germany


Museum Manifesto: What Future Without Nature?
Bruno David | President, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France


Fostering Community Engagement with Nature at the Natural History Museums of Los Angeles County
Lori Bettison-Varga | President & Director, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, USA


History in Action: the Role of Natural History Museums in Conservation
Richard W. Lariviere | President, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, USA


3. Lessons and insights from zoological gardens research and outreach

The Context of Zoos and Aquariums
Thomas Kauffels | Director, Opel-Zoo, Kronberg, Germany, and Chairman, European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA), UK


Zoos and Public Conservation Education
Gloria Svampa Garibaldi | President, Italian Association of Zoos and Aquaria, Zoological Director of the Education & Nature Conservation Departments of the City Museum of Zoology of Rome, Italy


Zoos mobilising the public for legislative change
Theo B. Pagel | Zoo Director and CEO of Cologne Zoo, Germany


Zoo-led science and the global conservation of species
Mark Pilgrim | Vice-Chair EAZA and Chester Zoo CEO, UK

The Synod on the Amazon
Cardinal Cláudio Hummes | General Rapporteur, Synod on the Amazon


Zoos: Connecting People with Nature and Wellness Building
María Clara Domínguez | Cali Zoological Foundation, Colombia


4. Lessons and insights from Botanical gardens research and outreach

Plant conservation: Challenges and opportunities
Peter H. Raven | PAS Academician


The Center for Plant Conservation model to urgently and effectively conserve North American plants
John R. Clark | Chair of the Center for Plant Conservation, San Diego, California, USA


Can botanic gardens conserve all of the world’s rare and threatened plant species?
Paul Smith | Secretary General of Botanic Gardens Conservation International, London, UK


Conservation-oriented restoration as a primary solution
Sergey Volis | Kunming Institute of Botany, Cas, China


Erica verticillata, from extinction to restoration
Anthony N. Hitchcock | Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens, SANBI, South Africa


Technologies from Agriculture to Help “Noah” Save Plants
Christina Walters | Seed storage, USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Genetic Resources Preservation, USA

The National Collection of Colombia’s Native Palms: A Testimony of Love for Planet Earth
Alberto Gómez Mejia | President of Colombian Botanical Gardens Network, Colombia


5. Overarching issues: scientific, moral/religious, and political aspects of species conservation and human behavior change

Policies in Ethiopia on Protection of Nature and Species
Hailemariam Desalegn Boshe | Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia and Chair of Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

Engaging Traditional Populations and Indigenous Peoples in Biodiversity Conservation through Amazon Bioeconomy
Virgilio Viana | Director General of Sustainable Amazon Foundation (FAS), Manaus, Brazil

Conserving the Diversity of Life: A Moral Duty and Imperative for Equitable Development
Marco Lambertini | Director General, WWF

Community Authority and the Signals of Science: Next Steps in Furthering the Impact of Biodiversity Conservation Science
Philippa J. Benson | Managing Editor | Science Advances, Washington, DC, USA

From a Sea-Snail to the Heavenly Throne: Wild Fauna in Jewish Law and Spirituality
Yehoshua Weisinger | “Bioethics and Law Initiative”, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University; Schlesinger Institute for Medical-Halachic Research, Shaare Zedek Hospital, Jerusalem, Israel

Plants and Nature in Bible and Quran – How Respect for Nature Connects Us
Wilhelm Barthlott | Prof. em., Nees-Institute for Biodiversity of Plants, University of Bonn, Germany

Climate Crisis and Hope
Mikkel Wold | Lutheran Parish Priest at Marmorkirken, Copenhagen, Denmark

Closing remarks and Follow up
Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo | Bishop Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences
Joachim von Braun | President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences



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