Scientists and scholars from Tanzania, the Netherlands, Kenya, Norway, South Africa, USA, Germany, Denmark, and Scotland presented years of research on the Greater-Serengeti Mara Ecosystem.
Keynote addresses were given on the following topics
- Past, present, and future: research in biodiversity and ecosystem function in GSME
- Wildlife population dynamics and its drivers-key findings
- How biodiversity enables different ecosystem services along landscape gradients: scientific outcomes
- Quantifying human reliance on the environment
- Execution of project activities from 2015 to 2019 and Implications of the developed database
- Assessing options for natural resource management
- How biodiversity enables different ecosystem services along landscape gradients
Policy briefs are being finalized on the following topics
- Human Wildlife Conflicts
- Livelihoods and population growth
- Diseases and Quality of water and soil
- Impacts of illegal encroachment
- Land fragmentation and the future of Mara
Substantively, the meeting was an incredible synthesis of massive amounts of data.
Symbolically, the meeting represented conservation as true international cooperation.