Challenges to Conserving the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

An Oppenheim Lecture featuring Thomas Smith Director, Center for Tropical Research, UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Challenges to Conserving  the Congo Basin Rainforest: Climate Change and the Second Scramble for Africa

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Lenart Auditorium
Fowler Museum, UCLA

Across Africa, a new scramble for natural resources is underway, and Cameroon is in its cross hairs. Even without poaching, mining, palm plantations and illegal logging, Cameroon's rainforests are extremely vulnerable to the risk of climate change, with an estimated one-third of its species at risk of going extinct by 2100.

Dr. Thomas Smith and the Center for Tropical Research are deeply involved in Cameroon and other parts of Africa.   In this lecture, he talk about how the Center is leveraging the best available science to identify new protected areas.  He will also describe the new, Cameroon based, interdisciplinary centers which are going will try to meet the challenges posed by biodiversity loss, climate change, human health issues and sustainable agriculture through training, education and research.

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This special evening lecture series presents world class speakers to educate, inform, and build community discourse about the critical environmental problems of our time.