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Presidio Officers' Club

50 Moraga Avenue

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Urbanization is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity, but in the wake of climate change, can we turn cities into safe harbors for endangered species through daring preservation initiatives?

The United Nation's Intergovernmental Panel on Biodiversity Ecosystem Services (IPBES) just released its worldwide assessment on biodiversity, validated by 132 representatives and thousands of experts. To learn more about this assessment, the Embassy of France in the United States, Bank of the West and the Presidio Trust welcome Anne Larigauderie, Executive secretary of the IPBES, and Jean François Silvain, Director of Research at the French National Research Institute for Development and President of the Foundation for Research and Biodiversity - who have both participated in this report - and who will take part in a special panel talk where they will discuss the necessary steps we need to take to preserve biodiversity in urban areas.

Two speakers will join them for this event : Lewis Stringer, Associate Director of Natural Resources at the Presidio Trust, and one of the leaders of the Urban Biodiversity Index Initiative for his unique and extensive field experience on implementing conservation initiatives in urban areas; and Justin Brashares, Professor and G.R. & W.M. Goertz Chair at UC Berkeley, whose academic work on biodiversity has illuminated the interactions between human communities and animal populations. This panel is part of the FACT-B conference series.


FACT-B

Following the success of the French Ameri-Can Climate TalkS (FACTS) developed in the lead-up to the COP21 (the Paris Agreement) and the series dedicated to oceans (FACT-O), the Embassies of France in the United States and Canada are launching the French Ameri-Can Climate Talks - Biodiversity (FACT-B) in 2019. This includes two series of conferences in six cities (San Francisco / Los Angeles / Vancouver / Washington / Chicago / Toronto). FACT-B San Francisco opens the event at the Presidio Officer’s Club, on May 28 at 6:00 pm.



Program:

5:30 pm - Registration starts


6:20 pm - Opening remarks by :

Michael Boland, Presidio Trust’s Chief of Park Development & Operations.

Emmanuel Lebrun-Damiens, Consul General of France in San Francisco

Pierre Ramadier, Senior Executive Vice President, Group Head of Wealth Management for Bank of the West


6:40 pm - Panel discussion with :

Anne Larigauderie, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Jean-François Silvain, President of the Foundation for Research in Biodiversity (FRB)

Lewis Stringer, Associate Director of Natural Resources at the Presidio Trust

Justin Brashares, Professor and G.R. & W.M. Goertz Chair

And as moderator :

Rebecca Johnson, Co-Director of Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences




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ANNE LARIGAUDERIE

Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Former researcher, Anne Larigauderie holds a Ph.D. in Vegetal Ecology and has participated in numerous research projects in France and the US. Since 1996, she has worked in international institutions on topics related to biodiversity. With her expertise, she actively helped in the implementation of the IPBES that she now leads as Executive Secretary.


JEAN-FRANCOIS SILVAIN

President of the Foundation for Research in Biodiversity (FRB)

Specialist in the biodiversity of insects, Jean-François Silvain has published on a broad range of topics related to entomic ecology ranging from biogeography to molecular phylogenetics. He is now Director of Research at the French National Research Institute for Development and President of the Foundation for Research and Biodiversity.


LEWIS STRINGER

Associate Director of Natural Resources at the Presidio Trust

Lewis Stringer has over 20 years of experience applying his technical, policy and scientific expertise to the design and implementation of ecological restoration, research and education programs. From 2003 to 2009 he was an ecologist at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area where he worked on restoring remediated army landfills. He joined the Presidio Trust in 2009 and is now Associate Director of Natural Resources.


JUSTIN BRASHARES

Professor at UC Berkeley and G.R. & W.M. Goertz Chair

Justin Brashares leads a lab at UC Berkeley that attempts to understand how the consumption of wild animals and the conversion of natural habitats affects the dynamics of animal communities and the persistence of population. Work at Brashares Lab extends beyond traditional ecology and conservation to consider economic, political, and social factors of biodiversity management.


REBECCA JOHNSON- Moderator

Co-Director of Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences

Rebecca Johnson co-developed and co-directs the Citizen Science program at the California Academy of Sciences. Confirmed biodiversity scientist, in addition to her own research on the evolutionary history of nudibranchs she works on building and facilitating communities of naturalists working together to discover nature, in special places and in their everyday lives. She also leads the Academy initiative to engage San Franciscans in discovering and documenting the City’s biodiversity and Co-founded the City Nature Challenge, a global nature documentation contest between cities.



Jeremie Royer's Exhibition

As part of the conference, the French cartoon artist Jeremie Royer will share drawings from his latest collection of work: "Audubon, on the wings of the world" and "HMS Beagle: The origins of Darwin". The former book tells the story of John James Audubon, a French-American naturalist whose ambition was to paint and describe all the bird species in America. This artwork is available to view in the Anza Room at the Presidio Officers’ Club.


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