[Mindset Special Event] Prof Bill Laurance – Infrastructure & conservation

On Friday 31st of March we have a Mindset Special Event with Professor William F. Laurance talking about ‘Optimizing Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific Region’.

Bill Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University (Australia), where he is the Director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (CTESS). Bill is also Director of ALERT – a scientific organization that advances environmental sustainability and reaches around 500,000 informed readers each week. Bill is one of the most prolific and cited authors in conservation science. In this talk, he will emphasize the need to maximize the social and economic benefits of new infrastructure – particularly roads – while minimizing their environmental costs. More details below.

Please note that this is a special event and that will take place on Friday (rather than the usual Wednesdays). Venue and time will be the usual. Mindset’s Public Talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Special Event, March 2017

Title: Optimizing Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific Region
Guest Speaker: Prof William F. Laurance
Date & time: Fri 31 Mar 2017, 6-7:30 pm
Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)
Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies
RSVP: Tue 24th Mar, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my
Refreshments will be served after the talkTransport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before Tue 24th Mar
[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Talk

Developing nations need better roads and transportation infrastructure to create economic opportunities and social development. However, if inadequately planned and constructed, roads can create an array of economic, social, environmental and political problems.  Effectively designing and prioritizing roads is essential because at least 25 million kilometers of new roads are expected by 2050—enough to encircle the Earth more than 600 times. About 90% of these new roads will be constructed in developing nations that sustain exceptional biodiversity and ecosystem services. I will highlight ongoing efforts to maximize the social and economic benefits of new roads and transportation infrastructure while minimizing their environmental costs and socio-political and economic risks, focusing on the Asia-Pacific nations of Malaysia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

About the Speaker

William Laurance is a Distinguished Research Professor and Australian Laureate at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia.  He joined JCU in 2009 after having spent 14 years as a Senior Staff Scientist with the Smithsonian Institution, based in Brazil and Panama. Professor Laurance also holds the Prince Bernhard Chair in International Nature Conservation at Utrecht University, Netherlands, and is a research associate at the Smithsonian and Harvard University. At James Cook University, Laurance is director of the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science, an active interdisciplinary research group with about one hundred investigators working in more than 40 tropical nations.  He also founded and directs ALERT—the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers and Thinkers—a scientific organization that advances environmental sustainability and reaches around 500,000 informed readers worldwide each week.


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