Sarasin addresses first international nature protection conference

At the First International Conference for the Protection of Nature, held in Bern, Swiss zoologist and conservationist Paul Sarasin (1856–1929) gave a keynote address, “Über die Aufgaben des Weltnaturschutzes” (On the Tasks of the World Nature Protection Movement). The text remains influential today. Sarasin’s ideas reflected the view of many delegates at the conference that nature protection was essential for the survival of animal life on Earth. Plans made at the conference for the foundation of a world nature protection committee were hindered by the outbreak of World War I.

Further Readings: 
  • Kley, Andreas. "Die Weltnaturschutzkonferenz 1913 in Bern." Paper delivered at a symposium for Prof. Heribert Rausch, May 24, 2007. View PDF
  • Sarasin, Paul. Ueber die Aufgaben des Weltnaturschutzes: Denkschrift Gelesen an der Delegiertenversammlung zur Weltnaturschutzkommission in Bern am 18. November 1913. Basel: Helbing und Lichtenhahn, 1914. View PDF