Protecting threatened Over-seas biodiversity

In 2019 the « Island Biology » conference took place in Reunion.

The international conference on insular biology “Island Biology 2019” took place between 8th and 13th July at Reunion bringing together 400 scientific participants from around the world. It was an occasion for the Société d’Etudes Ornithologiques de la Réunion (“Reunion ornithological study society”) to present the Life BIODIV’OM program.

Life BIODIV’OM presentation at the Island Biology conference © SEOR

The Island Biology conference

Organised in Hawaii in 2014 and the Azores in 2016 it was the turn of Reunion to host the scientific community in order to share aspects of their scientific research in such diverse themes as the ecology, evolution and conservation of insular terrestrial and marine biological systems.

A “conference-village” was set-up to allow  for the presentation of exhibition posters and short, live conferences given by local scientists as well as some from Madagascar, Mauritius, the Comoros Islands and the Seychelles.

Different themes and field excursions

Diverse themes were treated: terrestrial and marine biodiversity, large and small islands, climate change, long term biodiversity monitoring, species’ interactions and networks, emerging illnesses and epidemics, ecology and society…

Different field excursions were organised to sites such as coral reefs, “Piton de la Fournaise”, the Mascarin botanical gardens, the Etang de Saint-Paul national nature reserve or the Roche Ecrite, the latter to see the Tuit-tuit, an endangered, endemic species targeted by the BIODIV’OM program.