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on 13 Nov, 14:17

A positive vision for conservation education, by Pierre de Chabannes

We are pleased to invite you to our second of November’s Mindset Public Talks – ‘Let’s be positive – a vision for conservation education’, by Pierre de Chabannes. Mr de Chabannes is a scientific advisor for National Geographic, a reporter, photographer, lecturer, and the driving force behind the Photozoo Collection. In this talk, he will share his vision on the potential of zoos for positive education on conservation.

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks monthly events that are generally held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These 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 Public Talk, Nov 2017

Title:Let’s be positive – a vision for conservation education

Guest Speaker: Pierre de Chabannes

Date & time: Wed 22 Nov 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: Fri 17th Nov, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my

Refreshments will be served after the talk

Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before Fri 17th Nov

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Speaker and Talk

A native of Paris, France, Pierre de Chabannes is a scientific advisor for National Geographic Society, reporter, photographer, lecturer and an expert in animal identification and conservation issues around the world. He is also the driving force behind the Photozoo Collection, one of the world’s largest documentary websites on captive species.

Fascinated with the world of zoos and aquariums since he was a child, Pierre has extensively studied not only the taxa in their collections, but the conservation status of the more than 15,000 species presently held in captivity. The Photozoo project seeks to preserve, in photographs and educational documents at least, the world’s biodiversity at this moment in time.

A freelance reporter and photographer since 2007, Pierre has authored articles in both English and French for publications such as Avicultural Magazine (The Avicultural Society), Watchbird (American Federation of Aviculture) and International Zoo News. His first book, a concise encyclopedia of all parrot species in captivity, is also in production.

Delivering a optimistic, yet realistic, message is quite a challenge in today’s world in which we’re facing a massive animal extinction crisis, constant pollution of our planet, wars and political crisis leading to disastrous living conditions for millions of human beings. Yet, optimism is a crucial element of an educational message, especially when it is addressed to zoo visitors who haven’t been taught zoology or nature conservation. Most humans display a natural tendency to step away from negative messages and tend to favour positive emotions.

In this talk, Pierre shares with the audience his opinion on the good that can arise from a positive education, this being especially true in a zoo setting. Hop on with Pierre on a world tour of education messages and practices applied by zoos and understand how efficient a positive education message can be ! Educating isn’t enough anymore… today, people want to feel as heroes.

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on 20 Oct, 20:59

[Mindset Public Talk] Maintaining Peopled Forests, by Joe Fragoso and Kamal S. Fadzil

We are pleased to invite you to November’s Mindset Public Talk – Maintaining Peopled Forests, by Dr Joe Fragoso, from the California Academy of Science; with a special response by Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil, from the University of Malaya. In this talk, Dr Fragoso will present his work on self-governance by forest people in the Amazon and its implications for biodiversity, forest cover, and livelihoods. Kamal will add a local perspective to peopled forests in Malaysia. Please note that this talk will be on a Tuesday (not the usual day for our public events).

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks monthly events that are generally held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These 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 Public Talk, Nov 2017

Title: Maintaining Peopled Forests
Guest Speaker: Dr Joe Fragoso, with a special response by Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil
Date & time: Tue 7 Nov 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 18th Sep, 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 Mon 30th Oct
[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Talk

Millions of people live in forests worldwide including in those considered isolated and pristine. In the Amazon region, indigenous and other forest people also inhabit the Earth’s largest tropical rainforest. This area is of great global conservation and climatological importance because it is more extensive that what occurs in parks and other strictly protected areas. How these forests and their biodiversity will continue into the future is of great concern. Our research including simulation modeling indicates that self-governance by forest people can lead to sustainability in biodiversity, forest cover and livelihoods. Computer simulation modeling projecting 200 years into the future shows how the system can be broken and become unstable. Breaks and instability occurs when land is developed outside areas inhabited by forest people, when traditional indigenous religious belief systems are extinguished by newly introduced religions and when national policies do not consider local contexts.

About the Speakers

José Manuel Vieira Fragoso (PhD, University of Florida) is a Research Associate at the California Academy of Sciences, USA and at Brazil’s National Institute for Amazonian Research (INPA). He has also been a Visiting Scholar, Senior Scientist or Lecturer at Stanford University (USA) from 2007 to 2017. His work addresses the role of biodiversity in carbon storage, the influence of culture on resource use, the sustainability of human-occupied tropical forests in an increasingly globalized world in general and the socio-ecological sustainability of rural livelihoods in the Amazon in particular. You can view Dr. Fragoso discussing his research on biodiversity in the Amazon at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upmzEzuF_ls and learn more about his work https://fragosolab.wordpress.com/

Kamal Solhaimi Fadzil is a lecturer with the Department of Anthropology and sociology, University of Malaya. He has an MA in Social Anthropology of Development and his area of interest is in social inequality, participatory development and social inclusivity. Over the last eighteen years, Kamal has worked on several research projects, including studying the impact of Governance in Protected Areas (PAs) on the lives of Indigenous Peoples living within or close to PAs. His research work often extends into advocacy.

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on 18 Sep, 16:41

Public Symposium on Infrastructure & Conservation

On behalf of Professor William F. Laurance and the team at the Centre for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science (TESS), James Cook University, Cairns, Australia, you are invited to attend the Public Symposium on “Infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific: Promoting Benefits and Limiting Environmental Risks” to be held at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 5th of October (full day), registrations are free but essential and catering is included during the event.

The TESS team are working with multiple government departments, relevant non-governmental organisations, and many other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region, to incorporate strategic planning of new roads and infrastructure development. Their work aims to ensure future road infrastructure maximises socio-economic opportunities for communities whilst minimising the detrimental environmental impacts that often accompany infrastructure development.

Besides a Keynote by Professor Bill Laurance there will be talks by Dr Reuben Clements (Rimba), Dr g. Balamurugan (ERE Group), myself, and other guest speakers.

If you wish to join us for this completely free event, please register now at http://www.global-roadmap.org/infra-ap-2017/

on 14 Mar, 05:54

Sustainable Development: the Malaysian Challenge and Way Forward

Invitation to 2017’s SRN seminar on ‘Sustainable Development: the Malaysian Challenge and Way Forward’, that will take place on Wed 22nd March, at 6 pm, at KLTC (L2 Chuan Tower, KL). The seminar will include talks by three distinguished speakers – Dr Zeeda Fatimah (UM), Mr Randolph Jeremiah (ERE Group), and Mr Rashyid Redza (Sime Darby).

This is a student-led and -organized event.

Please do find details below and in the attached flyer. For more information, please contact Joon Yee Yong at khyy5yjy(at)nottingham.edu.my.

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on 12 Sep, 02:33

Book Launch – The Ecology of Tropical East Asia, Second Edition. By Richard Corlett

About the Book

Tropical East Asia is home to over one billion people and faces massive human impacts from its rising population and rapid economic growth. It has already lost more than two-thirds of its forest cover and has the highest rates of deforestation and logging in the tropics. Hunting, coupled with the relentless trade in wildlife products, threatens all its large and many of its smaller vertebrates. Despite these problems, the region still supports an estimated 15-25% of global terrestrial biodiversity and is therefore a key area for conservation.

Effective conservation action depends on a clear understanding of the ecological patterns and processes in the region. The patterns we observe today are a product of the region’s long and complex history, from the tectonic origins of the modern land masses, through the changing climates and sea-levels of the past two million years, to the arrival of modern humans, the spread of agriculture, and the recent rapid urbanization. The last few decades have seen an acceleration in the human domination of the region, with no substantial area unaffected.

The environmental changes expected over the next few decades will have no analogues in the past so their impacts are hard to predict. By 2050, global climate change will have produced regional climates that have not occurred anywhere on Earth for tens of millions of years.  These changes will interact with others, including increased fragmentation of natural habitats, nutrient enrichment of ecosystems, declines in native species, and proliferation of invasive species. A biodiverse future is still possible, but it will happen only by design, not by default.

About the Author

Richard Corlett obtained his first degree from the University of Cambridge in 1974, followed by a PhD in plant ecology at the Australian National University, with fieldwork in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. He has subsequently held teaching posts at the University of Chiang Mai (1980-82), National University of Singapore (1982-87, 2008-2012), and the University of Hong Kong (1988-2008). In 2012 he moved to the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Yunnan, to take charge of a new Center for Integrative Conservation. His major research interests include terrestrial ecology and biodiversity conservation in tropical East Asia, plant-animal interactions, urban ecology, invasive species, and the impacts of climate change. In addition to numerous scientific papers, he is the author or co-author of several books, including The Ecology of Tropical East Asia, first published in 2009 by Oxford University Press, and Tropical Rain Forests: an Ecological and Biogeographical Comparison, co-authored with Richard Primack.

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