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Biodiversity: Is there hope? – FACT-B in Washington, D.C.

Biodiversity: Is there hope? – FACT-B in Washington, D.C.


This event is organized by The Office for Science and Technology and Smithsonian Conservation Commons.
The Embassy of France and Smithsonian Conservation Commons are pleased to invite you to a French-American Climate Talk on Biodiversity (FACT-B) in Washington, D.C. on "Biodiversity and People".

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WHAT: Biodiversity: Is there hope? – FACT-B in Washington, D.C.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 5:30pm - 8pm

WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007

PRICE: Free admission – registration required

RESERVATION: Online registration required. EventBrite

ADD. INFOS: Every attendee must be registered under his/her name. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy.

Nature plays a critical role in providing food, energy, medicines, and a variety of aspects that are central to our quality of life and cultural integrity. A landmark assessment released in May in Paris revealed that nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. This report, conducted by the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), concludes that “transformative change is needed” to halt the loss of biodiversity and maintain the healthy functioning of ecosystems that underpin all dimensions of human life.

A growing movement has been emerging that seeks to catalyze such transformative change:Earth Optimism documents and magnifies stories of conservation actions that are working, across sectors and locations, and builds a global community of practice to scale up science-based conservation solutions. In this spirit, French and American biodiversity experts will share innovative success stories and discuss how more people may be engaged in France, in the United States and around the globe, with the mission to jointly build a sustainable future for our planet.


  • Thomas Lovejoy, University Professor George Mason University and Senior Fellow United Nations Foundation
  • Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Scientist, Migratory Bird Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Steven Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute
  • Cyrille Barnerias, Head of European and International Affairs, French Biodiversity Agency
  • Thierry Boulinier, CNRS Research Director, Center for Functional & Evolutionary Ecology, University of Montpellier


  • Ruth Stolk, Founding Executive Director, Smithsonian Conservation Commons

The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception in the Maison Française Ballroom from 7:00 pm.

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