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Biodiversity: Is there hope? - FACT-B in Toronto, Ontario
5:30 PM - 11:59 PM Royal Ontario Museum
Date: June 20, 2019 to June 20, 2019
Where: Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C6
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The Cultural and Scientific Service of the Embassy of France in Canada and the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto are pleased to invite you to a French Ameri-Can Climate Talk on Biodiversity (FACT-B) to be held on June 20, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario, on "Biodiversity in the City". Biodiversity plays a critical role in providing food, energy, medicines, and a variety of aspects that are central to our quality of life and cultural integrity. A landmark assessment released in May in Paris revealed that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. This report, conducted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), concludes that "transformative change is needed" to halt the loss of biodiversity and maintain the healthy functioning of ecosystems that underpin all dimensions of human life. Urban areas have more than doubled since 1992 and urban development is understood as being one of the main causes of the biodiversity loss, along with other kinds of land-use change such as agriculture and forestry. While more than half the world's population lives in cities, it is projected that 6 out of 10 people will be urban dwellers by 2030. However, cities can also support high biodiversity. This conference will examine the conditions - some of which highlighted by the last IPBES plenary session - in which cities can be such vectors; and how nature-based solutions can be cost-effective for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals in cities, which are crucial for global sustainability. This conference will be in english. Moderator: Dan Riskin, T.V. host of the Discovery Channel program "Daily Planet" Speakers: Dr. Chelsea Rochman, Professor in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto. She is an expert on the biological influence of microplastic pollutants in aquatic environment. Dr. Deborah Martin, Chief Administratio