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Biodiversity Task Force – Life on Earth

by Dr. Christopher Puttock, ESRAG Chair


On August 12, 2020 ESRAG launched a Task Force to bring together the “Life on Earth” activities of ESRAG into one cohesive unit. This Biodiversity Task Force covers four great realms that can be visualized in the adjacent diagram. 


  1. Biodiversity of Life : seeking to slow and stop further loss of species
  2. Ecosystem Restoration : seeking to restore ecosystem services of the web of life
  3. Sustainable Production : seeking to produce and harvest resources efficiently
  4. Environmental Resilience: seeking to establish a sustainable balance between humans and biodiversity


This is one of five major task forces ESRAG is forming.  The others are:

•  A Clean World (free of human pollution – heat, gas, light, water, plastics, invasive species),

•  Circular Economy (cradle to cradle, smart design, keeping materials out of landfills, FreonTM collection and destruction, composting),

•  Sustainable or Renewable Energy (collection, storage, and use of energy – smart transport and cities, e-buildings), and

• The Human Condition (health, wealth, and happiness – population control, education for all, retirement, beating diseases).


Biodiversity Task Force Mission

In keeping with the mission for all Rotary Action Groups, the mission of ESRAG’s Biodiversity Task Force is to explore the different avenues of service that are available to the Rotary Family, and specifically to be engaged with projects for Supporting the Environment.

The three primary actions are to:

  1. PROVIDE EDUCATION: we need to provide the best understanding of nature, the best management practices for sustainability, and the best interrelationship between humanity and the life on Earth that supports our daily existence.
  2. BUILD PARTNERSHIPS and SPONSORSHIPS: there is a multitude of organizations at all levels of society that are actively engaged in supporting “Life on Earth”, some will be our collaborators and cooperators, others will seek our volunteer support, and others will be seeking to support us.  The opportunities are endless.
  3. TRACK OUR PROGRESS: In ESRAG we call this Project Impact Reporting (PIR). This is not only the place to showcase our Rotary Action stories but also to monitor our progress on Effective Conservation, asking the question “How well are we doing?” and being able to have an evidence-based answer.

Young mangroves in Tanzania. Credit:  UN Environment Programme


When do we meet?

The Biodiversity Task Force meets every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month. Each meeting will have a guest speaker who will focus on one or more of the many aspects of “Life on Earth”.  As our Task Force has members all over the world, the meeting time will be determined by the guest speaker for their meeting. The speaker’s presentation will be video recorded and archived, and available soon on this page. 


To sign up to attend the Zoom meeting: email Yaşar Atacık   The meeting time will appear on the Zoom invitation in UTC.

Meeting Schedule

The schedule of the next three meetings is presented below:

Sept. 23, 2020 Dr. Jose-Luis Izursa     Is Aquaponics a Suitable Alternative?

Oct. 14, 2020  Dr. Meenakshi Venkataraman   Insects


Who can attend?

Anyone of the Rotary Family can attend a Biodiversity Task Force meeting. These meetings are currently set to have no more than 100 attendees.  If you cannot attend a meeting, then you can review the meeting and submit comments at any time in the two weeks following a meeting.


Meeting structure

The meetings are 60-75 minutes long and run like an e-club for Biodiversity.

The Zoom Room will be open for 15 minutes before the meeting for chat and connectivity.

0.01       Leadership introductions and ESRAG Biodiversity moments (12 minutes)

0.15        Guest speaker (12-15 minutes – live or pre-recorded)

0.30        Questions with the speaker and Discussion of project possibilities (15-20 minutes)

0.50        Recap of ideas and follow-up Assignments (10 minutes)

1.00        Final thoughts and comments (no more than 12 minutes to close)

If you would like contribute examples of projects that you have been engaged with relating to the topic of the day, please do so using ESRAG’s project form  

To request consultation on a Biodiversity project, please email Dr. Christopher Puttock 


Meeting Archive

Presenters’ talks will be posted here.  Check back soon to download recordings of these short talks. 

Recordings of the workshop segments of each meeting (parts excluding the presenter) will not be kept longer than two weeks.   These recordings will be emailed to attendees following the meeting.


Coati de nariz blanco. Credit:  Fundación Jocotoco, Ecuador