Senckenberg Research

Biodiversity Congress

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Aqaba, Jordan, 20-23 October 2008

We take pleasure in inviting you to attend the Congress "Documenting, Analysing, and Managing Biodiversity in the Middle East," which will be held in Aqaba-Jordan from 20 to 23 October, 2008.

At a global scale, the Middle East is the only transition zone between three major biogeographic units, the Palaearctic, the Afrotropical and the Oriental Realms, resulting in an outstanding biogeographic significance and a unique biological diversity. The countries of the region have signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity, which includes a number of obligations in documenting and conserving biodiversity. Over the last decades, a wealth of research on Middle Eastern biodiversity has been carried out, both inside and outside the region. We feel it is timely for scientists specialising in biodiversity research to get together, to present and discuss scientific findings, identify future research priorities, and opportunities for regional and international cooperation. Given the transboundary nature of biodiversity issues, networking and information sharing are pivotal in addressing major global challenges, such as biodiversity loss due to uncontrolled development and climate change.

The first conference of its kind was held in 1951 in Istanbul, Turkey, organised by then late C. Kosswig, H. Steinitz and H.A.F. Gohar, followed by the “Symposium on the Fauna and Zoogeography of the Middle East” held in 1985 in Mainz, Germany, and organised by R. Kinzelbach, F. Krupp and W. Schneider. While building on this tradition, the present conference is wider in scope, addressing scientific research, academic education and transfer of results for resource management and conservation. The geographical scope of the conference includes Turkey, Iran, the countries of the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and surrounding seas.

The objectives of the Congress are:

- To present and discuss results of recent research on Middle Eastern biodiversity

- To present results of the Middle Eastern Biodiversity project to a wider audience, and to discuss them in the light of other regional research and educational activities

- To review the present status of biodiversity research and education in the Middle East

- To link up with scientists in the region, in Europe and in other parts of the world, reviewing the status of Middle Eastern biodiversity research in a global context

- To identify opportunities and priorities for future biodiversity research and education

- To identify opportunities and priorities in transferring biodiversity research results to applied fields, such as renewable resources management and conservation

It is planned to publish proceedings of the symposium and of specialized workshops, preferably as special issues of international, peer-reviewed journals.

Besides lectures and poster presentations about a wide range of biodiversity topics, there will be special targeted workshops, such as Middle Eastern freshwater fishes, natural histroy museum education, and natural history museum management in the Middle East. 

Circulars and Forms

For more information, please refer to the First Circular and the Third Circular

You can also download the following relevant documents here: Registration Form, Authorization Letter for Registration FeesHotel Booking FormTour Registration Form.

Important Deadlines

Deadline for paying the Registration Fee: 5 September 2008

Deadline for sending in the Hotel Booking Form: 5 September 2008