The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) Executive Office and our Latin America and Caribbean (LACA) Section have been hard at work looking for the best location for the 28th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB).
Our choice for ICCB 2017 is Cartagena, Colombia, a vibrant coastal city with a rich cultural heritage that serves as a gateway to one of the most biodiverse countries on earth! The Congress will take place July 23-27, 2017.
Nested between two continents, Colombia is a country of contrasts. To the west lies the Pacific Ocean, where hundreds of humpback whales mate and give birth not far off the coast. The Caribbean Sea and its mangrove ecosystem lie north. The Andes Cordillera, home to the Andean condor, traverses the central region, and the Amazon region of Colombia covers the south, where the Amazon river dolphin (pink dolphin) is found.
Colombia is home to about 10 percent of all known species on Earth, including as many as 340 endemic species. Despite inspiring stories of conservation progress on species like the Andean condor or Colombia’s wild cats, Colombia’s biodiversity still faces growing development pressure; over-exploitation of natural resources; urban pollution; climate change; recognition of community land and resource rights; and emerging disease. Within this dynamic environment live nearly 50 million people, from the skyscrapers of Bogota to the rural countryside that many indigenous peoples call home. All are affected by the fate of the biodiversity of Colombia.
Cartagena is an UNESCO World Heritage site located southwest of the Sierra Santa Marta, a biodiversity hotspot. The exuberant colonial city will keep you amazed with its colorful old town, its people, its culture and its tropical coastal breezes. The conference venue is located in the city’s historical center and just steps from the Caribbean Sea.