martes, 5 de enero de 2010

VII International Penguin Conference:

Penguin populations are barometers of the health of the planet – and they are experiencing serious declines throughout their habitat range. Of the planet’s 18 species of penguins, 12 are on the IUCN- World Conservation Red List of Threatened Species; many are facing extinction.

The International Penguin Conference (IPC) is the primary gathering focusing on penguin biology, ecology, health, and behavior. It is an opportunity for the world’s leading scientists, research managers, and policy makers to discuss ongoing research, identify current and emerging conservation issues, and create action plans.

This conference has taken place every 3 or 4 years beginning in 1988 and is attended by delegates from Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Participants seek to address the significant threats facing penguin populations – oil spills, coastal development resulting in habitat loss, predation by dogs and foxes, competition for food from commercial fishing activities, global climate change, and a myriad of others.

The 7th IPC will bring together scientists, governments, conservation groups, and the public to create a strategic global effort on behalf of these threatened species. Hosted by the New England Aquarium in Boston, 2010’s conference is the first time the gathering will take place in the Northern Hemisphere.

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