• ATBC 2018

    Linking Natural History and the Conservation of Tomorrow’s Tropical Ecosystems
  • ATBC 2018

    Linking Natural History and the Conservation of Tomorrow’s Tropical Ecosystems

Welcoming Message

We are most pleased to host the 55th Annual Meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC) in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, Southeast Asia. Never before has the work of tropical biologists and conservationists been as necessary as it is now, in the Anthropocene. With a global human population of over 7.5 billion (and growing!) and an economic paradigm based on consumerism and perpetual growth, we humans are putting unsustainable pressures on the world’s biodiversity and natural systems. This is particularly true in the tropics, where most of the world’s biodiversity is found. In ATBC 2018 we want to highlight the importance of natural history because, if we want to conserve tropical biodiversity, we need a robust scientific understanding of how nature works. But we also know that science is necessary but not enough to do effective conservation. That’s why in ATBC 2018 we want to avoid silos and intend to engage a range of academic disciplines, professional sectors, and social stakeholders. Together, we will exchange knowledge about tropical biodiversity and discuss the ways for its effective conservation.

Kuching is a superb location for ATBC’s return to tropical Asia. The capital of the Malaysian state of Sarawak, Kuching, is an extremely welcoming and pleasant town where ATBC delegates will enjoy - as Alfred Russell Wallace once did - the beauty of its riverfront, the vibrance of its streets, and the excellence of the local cuisine. Sarawak, as the rest of Borneo and much of Southeast Asia, is home to a wide range of human cultures and to some of the most biodiverse forests in the world. We hope the ATBC 2018 delegates will be exposed to some of this stunning diversity, as well as to the conservation issues faced here and elsewhere in the tropics. We are looking forward to meet you at ATBC 2018. Selamat Datang!

ATBC 2018 Local Organizing Committee

“The Luis F. Bacardi Advances in Tropical Conservation Award was established in 2005 to foster high-quality conservation science in the tropics. It is awarded to the early-career conservation scientist who gives the best presentation at the annual meeting of the ATBC. Support for this award was generously provided to the ATBC by an endowment from the Lubee Bat Conservancy, an international non-profit organization based in Gainesville, Florida. This organization was founded in 1989 by the late Luis F. Bacardi, and is dedicated to protecting biological diversity through the conservation of fruit- and nectar-feeding bats.

For more info on how you can participate, visit the AWARDS page.”


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Thank you and see you at ATBC 2019, Madagascar!