Koerner Lecture: Dr. Daniel Janzen talk "Conservation of tropical wild biodiversity via biodiversity development: a Costa Rican example"

March 31, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Room 101, Life Sciences Building, York University
6 Thompson Rd
North York, ON M3J

Super star of Costa Rica conservation, Daniel Janzen, the DiMaura Professor  of Conservation Biology at the University of Pennsylvania and Technical Advisor to Area de Conservacion Guanacaste (ACG) in northwestern Costa Rica,  will give a talk titled “Conservation of tropical wild biodiversity via biodiversity development: a Costa Rican example” as the fourth annual  Koerner Lecture Series in Neotropical Conservation, presented by the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES).

Where classical tropical national parks are gradually failing in many ways, the 165,000 hectare government/private hybrid ACG has a practical approach to tropical wild biodiversity conservation with 35 years of success.  Its basic principals contend conservation must be site-based and respond to the biological, social and economic reality of the region. Decisions must be taken at the regional level, the wilderness area must be visualized as a productive sector for the economy of the region and the country, and that quality conservation must be economically sustainable over time. ACG is testing and proving that biodiversity development is a viable way forward to protect vulnerable species and help local communities thrive, with eco-tourism, bio-diversity prospecting for medicine, carbon sequestration and more.

This free public lecture sharing details of the ACG approach will take place Friday, March 31, 2:30 to 3:30pm, in room 101 of the Life Sciences Building, Keele campus. Light refreshments  will be available before and after  the lecture (1:30-2:30pm and 3:30-4:30pm).


A tropical ecologist and biodiversity conservationist with over 60 years of field experience and 466 scientific papers, Janzen is a world level authority on the taxonomy and biology of tropical caterpillars, and is a member of the US and the Costa Rican National Academy of Sciences, and recipient of the Crafoord Prize (1984), the Kyoto Prize (1997), BBVA Prize (2012) and Blue Planet Prize (2014). Janzen and his biologist wife Dr. Winnie Hallwachs are co-architects and co-constructors, along with hundreds of others, of ACG and of Costa Rica's INBio (Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad), and of Costa Rica's Iniciativa Paz con la Naturaleza (IPN) (2006-2010), which morphed into the present day NGO Costa Rica Forever.   He is President of the Guanacaste Dry Forest Conservation Fund (GDFCF; http://www.gdfcf.org), the US-based NGO for ACG.

Together, Janzen and Hallwachs are currently focused on facilitating the CBOL (Consortium for the Barcode of Life) and iBOL (International Barcode of Life) efforts to DNA barcode all species of the world for their identification and species discovery by anyone anywhere at any time, and simultaneously, on facilitating Costa Rica's willingness to permanently conserve the 4% of the world's biodiversity that lives on 25% of Costa Rican national terrain and sea, and do it as a global example of sustainable non-damaging use of tropical wildland biodiversity.

Funded by the Koerner Foundation, the Koerner Lecture Series in Neotropical Conservation aims to promote and raise awareness of the Las Nubes Project, which is overseen by Professor Felipe Montoya-Greenheck, Chair iof Neotropical Conservation and Director of Las Nubes Project in Costa Rica. Las Nubes (“The Clouds”) is the home of York’s Eco-Campus, a rainforest in Costa Rica that has generously been donated to York University by Dr. Woody Fisher, a prominent Toronto physician, medical researcher and co-founder of the Canadian Liver Foundation.

Members of the Las Nubes Alumni Chapter who have attended the Eco Campus in previous years will be in attendance and available to chat with students who are registering for the 2017 Semester Abroad’s course offerings.