Parks, People and Biodiversity

Professor Steve Beissinger, Conservation Biologist, College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Parks are essential to a healthy people and a healthy planet. People need parks to reconnect with nature, understand their history, and enjoy outdoor recreational activities. Parks are the backbone of regional and global biodiversity conservation strategies. Parks need people to value them in order for parks to be established and to be supported. In some parts of the world, people live in parks and derive their existence entirely from park plants, animals, and resources. Steve Beissinger discusses research and programs that will mold the future of parks and shift public perceptions about parks and conservation.