U.S. Landscape Ecologist to Address Global Leaders in Japan

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Keith Bowers, president of American conservation planning, ecological restoration and sustainable design firm, Biohabitats, Inc., will address international leaders at the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Nagoya, Japan October 18-19.

Biological diversity is critical to our survival,” said Mr. Bowers. “The international conservation community now recognizes that restoring ecosystems can regenerate biodiversity while also mitigating for climate change and enhancing people’s livelihoods.

Keith Bowers, president of Biohabitats, Inc., one of the nation’s leading conservation planning and ecological restoration firms, will address international leaders at the tenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) . The conference, which will take place October 18-19, 2010 in Nagoya, Japan, is intended to advance implementation of the Convention Biological Diversity (CBD).

Signed by 150 government leaders in 1992 at the UN Conference on Environment and Development, the CBD is a comprehensive, binding agreement that requires countries to develop and implement strategies for sustainable use and protection of biodiversity. It also facilitates ongoing international dialogue on biodiversity-related issues through the Conference of the Parties, which was last held in 2008 in Bonn, Germany.

The practice of restoring ecosystems has never before been presented at the Conference of the Parties, though it is among the strategies laid out in the CBD. Mr. Bowers, who also serves as Global Restoration Ambassador for the Society for Ecological Restoration International, intends to encourage nations to use ecological restoration as a tool for conserving biodiversity.

Mr. Bowers will provide updates on his COP10 experience on Biohabitats' blog, Rhizome.

Founded in 1982, Biohabitats has offices serving the Bioregions of the Great Lakes, Ohio River, Chesapeake/Delaware Bays, Hudson River, Southeast, and Southern Rocky Mountains. SER International is a non-profit organization that is actively engaged in the ecologically-sensitive repair and management of ecosystems through a broad array of experience, knowledge sets and cultural perspectives.

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