Polasky presents at the Vatican on biological extinction

There was no ring kissing, but there was a lot of listening and conversation among the participants and presenters who gathered February 27-March 1 in Vatican City for a Workshop on Biological Extinction, jointly sponsored by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. CFANS Regents Professor and Fesler-Lamper Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics Stephen Polasky presented "How Do We Stem Biodiversity Loss?" with Gretchen Daily of Stanford and with whom he co-founded the Natural Capital Project (NCP). Experts from around the world addressed the theme How to Save the Natural World on Which We Depend.

"We didn't see the Pope," says Polasky. "But it is clear that under his leadership, there is a great deal of interest in addressing what we can do to understand biological extinction and be part of science-based solutions for challenges we face in the present and future." NCP was established about a decade ago, and in addition to the U of M, includes leadership from Stanford, the Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund.

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