DICE lecture series

The Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology and the School of Anthropology and Conservation were delighted to present Cathy Dean, CEO of Save the Rhino International, as special guest speaker for the 2018 DICE lecture.

The current rhino poaching crisis has affected conservation programmes in varied and unexpected ways, suffering at the expense of emergency fire-fighting responses. Biological management is affected by security concerns, leading to technology developers becoming involved in finding measures to limit the devastating impact that poaching causes.

How can field programme managers, and the conservation organisations that support their efforts, draw on the best scientific advice available to inform their decisions? What merits further research and what should be dismissed? Where are the gaps in research? And how can an NGO like Save the Rhino best articulate such issues for rhino conservation to stakeholders, donors, journalists and members of the public? Explore these issues, and more, with this exclusive lecture. Cathy has been CEO of Save the Rhino International since 2001, with particular interest in liaising closely with field programmes to determine priority needs in both long-term and one-off projects.

The talk took place on the University’s Canterbury campus on March 20th, 2018.

Previous DICE lectures


2016/17 – Tony Juniper CBE, independent sustainability and environment adviser
Why ecology and economy must embrace

2015/16 – Professor Rosie Woodroffe, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Zoology, London
Badgering: The Science, Policy and Politics of Managing Cattle TB

2014/15 – Stanley Johnson, Politician, author and expert on environmental and population issues
Forty years of environmental policy: has it made a difference? A personal perspective

2013/14 – Professor John Mackinnon, Nature conservation veteran
Passing the Baton – 50 years in Conservation

2012/13 – Dr Peter Bridgewater, Chairman of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Seven Types of Ambiguity: Confusing Conversations in Conservation

2011/12 – Professor Jon Hutton, Director of United Nations Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre
Conservation in a Global Garden

2010/11 – Richard Burret, Co Chair of the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
The Notion of Capital in Biodiversity Conservation

2009/10 – Professor Luigi Boitani
The challenge of large carnivore conservation in Europe

2008/09 – Professor Callum Roberts
The past and future of coral reefs: exploitation, tourism and climate change

2007/08 – Professor Michael Samways FRSSAf
Insect conservation: overcoming the big biodiversity bluff?

2006/07 – Willem Wijnstekers
Can CITES be a guarantee for sustainability?

2005/06 – Professor Bill Adams
Biodiversity, poverty and development: the challenge for conservation

2004/05 – Dr John Robinson
The Bushmeat Crisis: hunting for sustainability in tropical forests

2003/04 – Professor Ian Swingland
Capturing carbon and conserving biodiversity: the market approach

2002/03 – Professor John Croxall CBE FRS
The Southern Ocean: a model system for conserving marine resources?

2001/02 – Professor Norman Myers CMG
Perverse subsidies: bad news for our environments and our economies

2000/01 – Professor Georgina Mace CBE FRS
Endangered species: Red listing for conservation

1999/2000 – Robin Hanbury-Tenison OBE
International conservation and the survival of indigenous people

1998/99 – Professor Sir Ghillean Prance FRS
Forest, fishes, farms and the future of the Amazon region

1997/98 – Professor Ian Newton FRSE FRS
Birds and agriculture: pesticides, hedgerows and land use

1996/97 – Dr Richard Laws CBE FRS
Conserving the world’s largest mammals: elephants, whales and river horses

1995/96 – Sir Crispin Tickell GCMG KCVO
Greenery and governance

1994/95 – Sir Robert May AC FRS
What is biodiversity and does it affect ecosystem stability?

1993/94 – Rt Hon Michael Howard QC MP
Sustainable management after Rio

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