From Elephant Poo to National Governance

Chulan Tower, Kuala Lumpur, Level 2, No3 Jalan Conlay, University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre
20/02/2019 (18:00-20:00)


In this lecture Ahimsa reflected on the topic that has occupied most of his academic career - the conservation of wild elephants and other Asian megafauna.

He used the Management and Ecology of Malaysian Elephants (MEME) as a case study to discuss why sound science is an essential but just a small part of what is needed to conserve biodiversity.

He defended the importance of messy inter-disciplinary and inter-sectional efforts, and why academia needs to better integrate in the conservation life-cycle, including research, capacity building, and contributing to the decision-making and implementation of conservation initiatives. Having elephants, rhinos, and tigers roaming the forests of Southeast Asia by the end of the 21st century will require good vision, leadership, governance and importantly, large doses of optimism. 

Speaker profile: Ahimsa Capos-Arceiz

Ahimsa is the Professor in Tropical Conservation Ecology at the University of Nottingham in Malaysia. His research focuses on the behavior, ecology and conservation of Asian megafauna, particularly elephants. He studies the ecological role of large animals in seed dispersal and works on evidence-based strategies to mitigate human-wildlife conflicts. 

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