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Animals Webinar | Primatology and the Achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

14 Apr 2022, 22:00 (CEST)

Primate Conservation Projects, Longterm Studies, Field Station, Cooperation Project, UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Sustainable Development, Socioeconomic Impact, Social and Ethical Responsibility, Inclusive Development
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2nd Animals Webinar

Primatology and the Achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Dear Colleagues,

The 17 UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a call to action for an integrated approach and concrete measures to pursue a necessary global shift to a new social, economic, and environmental paradigm (https://sdgs.un.org/goals). Developing countries, where most non-human primate species’ geographic range is found, are facing significant socioeconomic challenges with disruptive consequences on the environment, leading to conservation issues such as habitat loss, illegal harvesting and hunting, human–wildlife conflict, and invasive species, to name a few. Long-term research is known for its importance in the study of long-living primate species and providing information for the implementation of conservation plans. In addition, it offers stable and continuous collaborations with local governments and public and private institutions, as well as economic growth, support, and empowerment of local communities.

As primatologists working on species inhabiting developing countries, we are facing social and ethical responsibilities acknowledging the urgent need of socioeconomic development as the viable way to achieve conservation goals. In response to the need to identify and share effective strategies and metrics for a global, balanced, and inclusive development, you are invited to join this Webinar which aims to highlight the instrumental role that long-term research studies on primates’ biology and conservation have in promoting sustainable growth.

Date: 14 April 2022

Time: 10:00 pm CEST | 4:00 pm EDT | 4:00 am CST Asia

Webinar ID: 836 4442 6502

Webinar Secretariat: animals.webinar@mdpi.com

Chair

Department of Life Sciences and Systems Biology, Università degli Studi di Torino, Torino, Italy

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Cristina Giacoma is a full professor of Zoology at Torino University in Italy, where she coordinates the international PhD program “Sustainable development and cooperation” involving the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar and the Italian Universities of Torino and Piemonte Orientale - https://phdsustainability.campusnet.unito.it/do/home.pl. She is also the president of the Italian zoological Society - http://www.uzionlus.it/. Research areas: Conservation biology of Amphibians, Reptiles, Cetaceans and Primates, with focus on the impact of human activities on their welfare and survival. She coordinated many European cooperation projects in Madagascar and Comoros. At the moment she coordinates the “Research field station of Maromizaha in Madagascar” where she studies the potential of field stations in leading local conservation activities in one of the most critically endangered environments, the rainforest, together with promoting economic and social development by actively involving local communities. She published more than 200 scientific papers.

Department of Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO, USA

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Giovanna Bonadonna is a primatologist specializing in behavioral ecology and conservation; her current research focuses on the effects of fragmentation and habitat degradation on the behavioral ecology, population genetics, and health of wild lemur populations in Madagascar. Giovanna Bonadonna's research uses a multidisciplinary approach that includes spatial and behavioral ecology, bioacoustics, and population genetics to address questions regarding primates' social and mating systems and provide data to plan conservation efforts. At Washington University, she is working with Drs. Krista Milich and Emily Wroblesky to study the behavior, ecology, genetic diversity, and health of critically endangered species of lemurs living in rainforests affected by different levels of fragmentation and ecological disturbance in eastern Madagascar. Dr. Bonadonna previous research work focused on the behavioral, social, and ecological factors regulating inter and intragroup dynamics of another critically endangered lemur: the indri. Because of her experience studying critically endangered species in one of the hottest spots for biodiversity, she is dedicated to conserving and protecting species that are disappearing mainly because of habitat loss.

Invited Speakers

Department of Anthropology, University Stony Brook, NY, USA

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Dr. Wright has spearheaded the Centre ValBio, an award-winning “green, sustainable” research station on the edge of the rainforest with molecular and infectious disease laboratories, high speed internet and modern facilities. CVB is the hub for programs in Biodiversity Research, Environmental Arts, Innovative technology, environmental education, health, and reforestation.

School of Biology, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Quito, Ecuador

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I am a professor and researcher at Universidad San Francisco de Quito. I am a founding member of the Ecuadorian Primate Studies Group (GEPE) and the Latin American Society of Primatology (SLAPrim). I am also a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. For the past 30 years I have worked on the ecology, behavior and conservation of Ecuadorian primates. My research is mainly focused on the following species: Cebuella pygmaea in Ecuadorian Amazonia, and Alouatta palliata and Cebus aequatorialis in western Ecuador.

Department of Biology Faculty of Mathematics and Science (Conservation Biology), Climate Change University, Depok, Indonesia

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Chairman of Research Center for Climate Change University of Indonesia. After finished his Master of Science (1986) and Doctorate degree (1991) from the University of New Mexico, USA, plus pre and postdoctoral at Columbia University in New York, he serves Senior lecturer at the Biology Dept., Director of Biodiversity and Conservation Studies, Coordinator of Graduate Program on Conservation Biology of the University of Indonesia. He also became a chief editor of Tropical Biodiversity since 1992, Editor of Asia Primate Journal (2008), Board of editor of the International Journal of Wildlife Policy and Law, board of editor of Tropical Ecology, Consulting editor of Biosphere Conservation and board of Advisor of Earthwatch Institute (2002). He also served a member of the board of supervision of Bornean Orangutan Survival Foundation and board of the member of Biodiversity and Development Foundation. In 1999, he served as Chairman of Indonesia Biologist Association, Jakarta Chapter. In 2006, elected President of South East Asia Primatologist Association, and in 2007 assigned as Chairman of IUCN-SSC PSG South East Asia. He has also been an active member of several international organizations: IUCN-World Conservation of Protected Area, IUCN-Specialist Survival Commision-Primate Specialist Group, International Primatological Society, Society for Conservation Biologist and many others.

Department of Paleontology and Biological Anthropology , University of Antananarivo, Madagascar

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Ratsimbazafy (PhD, 2002, State University of New York, USA and French Habilitation, 2011, University Antananarivo, Madagascar) is a faculty lecturer at the University of Antananarivo. He has published over 200 research papers, review articles and book chapters. Furthermore, he is the co-vice chair, Madagascar section, International Union for Conservation of Nature, Species Survival Commission (IUCN/SSC) Primate Specialist Group; the director of Houston Zoo, Madagascar Program; and the president of the Madagascar Primate Research Group. Additionally, he is a member of Malagasy Academia and African Academy of Sciences. He has won many international awards and prizes such as: the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship (1998); the Galante Award (2002) of the International Primatological Society; and the Disney’s Hero Conservation Award (2015). Recently, he received from the Council of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) the Lifetime Honorary Fellow 2019, which is the highest honor awarded by ATBC. He also received the African Primatological Society Award 2019. In February 2020, he was elected the president of the International Primatological Society.

University of Michigan-Dearborn, USA

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Josia Razafindramanana submitted her PhD in 2011 on the ecological niche separation between ringtailed lemurs. She compares Berenty Reserve, where browns were first introduced in 1975, with Beoloka Reserve which contains only the native ringtails, and with Ambatotsirongaronga, where brown lemurs (Eulemur collaris) and ringtails live in natural sympathy.

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Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in EDT

Time in CEST

Prof. Dr. Cristina Giacoma & Dr. Giovanna Bonadonna

Chair Introduction

4:00 - 4:10 pm

10:00 - 10:10 pm

Prof. Dr. Patricia Wright

Extinction and Sustainability in Madagascar: Lemurs, Reforestation and a Sustainable Economy

4:10 - 4:30 pm

10:10 - 10:30 pm

Q&A

4:30 - 4:35 pm

10:30 - 10:35 pm

Prof. Dr. Stella de la Torre

Primate Conservation Efforts in Ecuador, Combining Research, Education and Capacity Building to Empower Local Involvement

4:35 - 4:55 pm

10:35 - 10:55 pm

Q&A

4:55 - 5:00 pm

10:55 - 11:00 pm

Prof. Dr. Jatna Supriatna

The Contribution of Primate Tourism Toward SDG Achievement in Indonesia

5:00 - 5:20 pm

11:00 - 11:20 pm

Q&A

5:20 - 5:25 pm

11:20 - 11:25 pm

Closing of Webinar
Prof. Dr. Cristina Giacoma & Dr. Giovanna Bonadonna

5:25 - 5:30 pm

11:25 - 11:30 pm

Relevant SI

Primatology and the Achievement of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Christina Giacoma & Dr. Giovanna Bonadonna
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2022

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