To ensure a sustainable future, protecting our natural environment is essential. Natascha Zwaal (WWF) discusses the biggest challenges—and biggest opportunities – for nature conversation.
From 13:20 until 13:40 hrs there is extra time for Q&A with the speaker.
Climate change these days has become a major concern for politicians, business people and citizens alike. But did you know that many scientists warn that loss of biodiversity is at least as urgent and important? Not because nature is ‘nice to have’, but because it is the foundation of human life. It provides services like clean water, food, oxygen and helps to stabilize processes such as climate change. However, biodiversity has declined by 60% since 1970, only caused by human induced factors such as overexploitation and loss of habitat.
To ensure a sustainable future, protecting our natural environment is essential. The biggest challenge - and biggest opportunity - lies in how to realize this. Nature conservation includes all kind of stakeholders like governments, businesses and local communities. Natascha Zwaal demonstrates how the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), as one of the biggest international organizations for nature conservation, operates to stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment.
Dr. Natascha Zwaal is a biologist and anthropologist and has been working for WWF for 16 years. She has worked in countries in Africa and Latin America and is currently based in the Netherlands, where she focusses on the role of students in nature conservation and the impact they can have in their further careers.