Thursday, October 26, 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EDT
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Ronald Reagan Bldg and International Trade Center 
1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Room 4.6-120
Washington, DC 20004

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Rebecca Goodman 
Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group 

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Please arrive 30 min before the scheduled start of the presentation to allow time to go through security. Bring agovernment issued photo ID to present to the USAID desk at the 14th St entrance.

An escort will accompany participants from the lobby to the conference room upstairs at 11:45 am. 

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Community Adaptation to Climate Change: the Indirect Impacts on Biodiversity 

A major oversight of most climate change assessments to date is the inadequate consideration of indirect impacts on biodiversity. The Global Change Impacts working group is documenting how human communities are being impacted by changes in weather and climate, how they are responding, and how their responses impact biodiversity.  

Working across 21 sites in Africa, the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group members are interviewing rural communities to gather this data, analyze it, and develop solutions that help communities adapt to a changing climate while minimizing impacts to biodiversity. Members will present the preliminary findings from this study, as well as provide a brief overview of the next steps.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Nikhil Advani leads The World Wildlife Fund's work on climate, communities and biodiversity. This includes conducting vulnerability assessments and developing adaptation strategies for WWF priority species, as well as researching how rural communities are being affected by changes in weather and climate, how they are responding, and how their responses impact biodiversity. Based on these findings, we are developing and implementing projects that help wildlife and human communities persist in a changing climate. 

Nikhil was born and brought up in Kenya, and went on to pursue his bachelor’s degree and Ph.D. at The University of Texas at Austin. His thesis focused on gaining a better mechanistic understanding of species response to climate change, using the Glanville Fritillary butterfly as a model species.

Chris Zganjar, a conservation scientist with the Global Lands team at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) researches and synthesizes the science behind biosequestration in an effort to unlock the potential of nature to absorb and store carbon to reduce the impacts of climate change.  Chris is a 14 year veteran with TNC and previously worked in the Central Science Program as the Director of Adaptation Analytics for the Climate and Disaster Risk Reduction Global Priority where he provided programmatic leadership for the creation of decision support tools. 

Prior to joining TNC, Chris was member of the Louisiana State University and The University of New Orleans faculty where he conducted research projects involving the protection, rehabilitation, and monitoring of wetlands and coastal estuaries.