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