University of Calgary

Albertans to contribute to global discussion on biodiversity

Sept. 14, 2012

The World Wide Views on Biodiversity event will see 60 Albertans take part in a global citizen consultation to discuss issues surrounding biodiversity, including the need to protect designated habitats and at-risk species.

These Albertans will share their concerns and views with thousands of participants at similar events being held in 30 countries (and six continents) around the world on Saturday, September 15.

Spearheading the Calgary workshop is communication and culture professor Edna Einsiedel. Other speakers will include Kevin Strange, head of conservation outreach for the Calgary Zoological Society and Sarah Elmeligi from the Alberta Prairie Conservation Forum. Elmeligi will present a local biodiversity case on Southern Alberta’s grasslands.

The results of these global discussions will be shared at the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity’s Eleventh Conference of Parties being held in India in October.

What: World Wide Views on Biodiversity

When: Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: University of Calgary Downtown Campus (906 8th Avenue S.W. in rooms A, B and C of the Event Centre, main floor)

Who: Edna Einsiedel, Kevin Strange and Sarah Elmeligi will be available for interviews. To schedule an interview see contact details below.

Media contact:
Heath McCoy
Communications Advisor, Faculty of Arts University of Calgary
Phone: 403-220-5089
Email: hjmccoy@ucalgary.ca