The theme of the ECCB is ‘Diversity for Europe’ and this acknowledges the cultural and economic diversity as well as the biological. Conservation biology will have little impact unless it is used within a policy context.
The need to build a strong and effective conservation community in Europe could not be more urgent. Europe faces a period of rapid political and environmental change. To meet these challenges and map out a sustainable path for biodiversity and for future generations, we, as a society of conservation biologists, need to establish a strong presence at a European scale. www.eccb2006.org