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from 23 APR 2019 to 24 APR 2019
This conference will unpack the challenges and opportunities that are attracting partners from all Lusophone countries, and those from the wider global community, to research, resolve and to implement actions that address issues threatening the biosphere and ultimately, human wellbeing. Leading experts on climate change, land transformation, the impacts of wild fires and invasive species on natural ecosystems, the conservation of iconic plant and animal species, and the management of large protected areas, will bring the latest scientific and practical results to the audience. 
Southern Africa embraces several of the most biologically diverse, but vulnerable, ecosystems on the planet. It is also a region of rapid development and dynamic social and economic vibrancy. With a long-term experience in addressing the tight links between biodiversity and human development, this region has much to contribute to the search of development pathways that nurture rather than destroy the systems that support life.
An exciting programme will include presentations, debates, book launches and the screening of the recently completed film on a remarkable modern adventure: ‘Into the Okavango’.

For many decades, north/south collaboration in research in southern Africa, especially in Anglophone countries, has been very active, with considerable mutual benefits. Such activities within Lusophone countries have yet to develop fully, despite recent initiatives and successes. This conference will present the efforts of CIBIO-InBIO (Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, Universidade do Porto) in this regard, through the UNESCO Chair Life on Land and the TwinLabs program that seek to stimulate greater collaboration between Lusophone and Anglophone countries in the region, and between institutions in the ‘north’ and ‘south’, and especially in terms of ‘south/south’ partnerships.
In collaboration with the Serralves Foundation and to provide stimulus to the launch of the UNESCO Chair Life on Land, speakers with extensive experience in collaborative biodiversity and environmental research in southern Africa will present keynote lectures on topics of wide interest and as a basis for future interaction between Portuguese scientists and institutions in southern Africa.

The conference is free but requires registration via email. Contact: Marta Tavares m.tavares@serralves.pt
08:30 Arrival / Registration
09:00 Opening
Ana Pinho. President of the Serralves Foundation, Portugal
Nuno Ferrand. Director of CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal

09:30 – 11:00 Session 1. The Big Picture - Views from the South  
Chair – Francisco Moreira, CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto & Universidade de Lisboa
Ecosystems and society: a complex systems perspective on their intertwined futures 
Belinda Reyers. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
Fire as the determinant of ecosystem structure and function in southern Africa 
William Bond. University of Cape Town, South Africa

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 1 continued
Chair – Francisco Moreira, CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto & Universidade de Lisboa
Evolution and diversity of southern African freshwater systems 
Paul Skelton. South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa
Lessons learned through a Strategic Adaptive Management approach in the Kruger National Park, South Africa
Izak Smit. South African National Parks, South Africa  

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 Session 2. A Closer Look: Lusophone Southern Africa
Chair – Vladimir Russo. Kissama Foundation, Angola
An integrated conservation and human development strategy for the restoration of Gorongosa National Park. 
Marc Stalmans. Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique
Biodiversity of Angola – A Modern Synthesis
Brian J Huntley. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto
The discovery, rescue and rehabilitation of the Giant Sable Antelope. 
Pedro Vaz Pinto. Kissama Foundation, Angola
An assessment of landscape changes in Angola
John Mendelsohn. RAISON, Namibia 

16:00 – 16:20 Coffee Break

16:20 – 17:45 Session 3. Case Studies: CIBIO in Southern Africa 
Chair – Raquel Godinho. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto
South Africa: The evolution of cooperation: lessons from the Sociable Weaver from the Kalahari 
Rita Covas. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto & FitzPatrick Institute, South Africa
Namibia: Coexisting with wildlife: perceptions of a community in northeast Namibia 
Ezequiel Fabiano. University of Namibia, Namibia 
Angola: The study of the amphibians of Angola: the path travelled and steps forward
Ninda Baptista. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto
Mozambique: On-going research on baboon genetics at Gorongosa National Park to understand present and past species admixture.
Joana Ferreira da Silva. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto

17:45 – 18:45 Porto de Honra 

18:45 – 19:00 Announcement os the publication of books on Angola biodiversity
Secretary of State of the Environment of Angola – Joaquim Manuel
Arte & Ciência Publishers, Portugal –  Jorge Reis-Sá
South West Angola: A Portrait of Life and Land 
John Mendelsohn and Stephie Mendelsohn
Biodiversity of Angola – Science & Conservation: A Modern Synthesis
Brian Huntley, Vladimir Russo, Fernanda Lages, Nuno Ferrand 

19:00 – 20:45 Film Screening 
Into the Okavango
Documentary on the National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project
Question & Answer Session
Adjany Costa. National Geographic Okavango Wilderness Project, Angola
Chair – Vladimir Russo. Kissama Foundation, Angola

20:45 Close of Day 1

08:30 Arrival / Registration
09:00 – 09:45 Session 1. Institutional Speeches
Vice-President of the Serralves Foundation: Manuel Ferreira da Silva
Director of CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto: Nuno Ferrand
Rector of the University of Porto: António Sousa Pereira
Vice Governor of Huíla: Maria João Chipalavela
President of the National Commission of UNESCO (Portugal): José Filipe Moraes Cabral
Secretary of State of the Environment (Angola): Joaquim Lourenço Manuel 
Secretary of State of Science, Technology and Higher Education: João Sobrinho Teixeira

09:45 – 10:00 Session 1. Signing of Collaboration Protocols 
1. UNESCO Portugal - Serralves Foundation, Portugal
2. Kissama Foundation, Angola - CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal

10:00– 11:00  Session 2. The UNESCO Chair Life on Land: Presentation
Chair – José Filipe Moraes Cabral, UNESCO - Portugal
UNESCO’s view on African Science and Education
Peggy Oti-Boateng. UNESCO, Paris, France
UNESCO Chair Life on Land – the process
Nuno Ferrand. Chair Holder. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal
UNESCO Chair Life on Land – activities
Carlos de Almeida Pereira. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto, Portugal

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 2. The UNESCO Chair Life on Land & CIBIO's TwinLabs Initiative
Chair  – Nuno Ferrand. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto
ROUND TABLE with CIBIO'S TwinLabs partners
SOUTH AFRICA: University of Johannesburg, Nuno Ferrand
ANGOLA: ISCED-Huíla: José Luís Alexandre & Fernanda Lages 
        MOZAMBIQUE: CITSC-Chókwè - Gertrude Thompson
NAMIBIA: University of Namibia, Ezequiel Fabiano
ZIMBABWE: Midlands State University, Tinashe Muteveri
Lubango: a future hub for biodiversity research and education
Eduardo Beira. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch 

14:00 – 15:00 Session 3: The importance of research networks for biodiversity in Africa 
Chair & Introduction – Brian J Huntley. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto
SAPECS: Southern African Program on Ecosystem Change and Society
Belinda Reyers. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa
SASSCAL: Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive Land Management 
Fernanda Lages. ISCED-Huíla, Angola
The Savanna Research Network
Izak Smit. South African National Parks, South Africa
AIR: Atlantic Interactions Research Center
Joaquín Brito, Atlantic Interactions, Portugal (TBC)
GBIF: Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Rui Figueira. CIBIO-InBIO, Instituto Superior de Agronomia, Universidade de Lisboa

15:00 – 16:00 Session 4. Advance training for biodiversity in Africa
Chair & Introduction – Jorge Palmeirim, University of Lisbon
Nigeria: MSc in Conservation Biology APLORI (Leventis Foundation) 
Nigel Collar, BirdLife International, Cambridge, UK
Mozambique: MSc Conservation Biology EO Wilson Research Centre, Gorongosa
Marc Stalmans. Gorongosa National Park
South Africa: MSc Conservation Biology FitzPatrick Institute, South Africa
Martim Melo. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto & University of Cape Town
South Africa: SAEON - South African Environmental Observation Network
William Bond. University of Cape Town

16:00 – 16:15 UNESCO Chair Life on Land: Concluding Remarks
Nuno Ferrand. CIBIO-InBIO, University of Porto

16:15 – 16:30 Coffee Break 

16:30 – 17:00 The Serralves Foundation
Serralves: Portrait of a Historical Park
Ricardo Bravo. Serralves Foundation

17:00 – 18:30 Guided Visits to Serralves
Park: Ricardo Bravo. Serralves Foundation, Portugal
Raquel Ribeiro and Teresa Matos. CIBIO-InBio, University of Porto, Portugal
Museum: Art Education Department. Serralves Foundation, Portugal

18:30 Close of Day 2

  • Schedule08h30 - 20h30
  • Days 23 APR 2019 - 24 APR 2019

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