Development Forum: Biodiversity under threat – can our natural resources (still) be saved?

Discussion in the Development Forum series presented by GIZ, Frankfurter Rundschau and hr-iNFO

Every four seconds, enough forest to fill a football pitch disappears. As many as 150 plant and animal species are lost every single day. It is mainly human beings who are destroying the world’s ecosystems and thus our own natural resources.

The UN Biodiversity Conference in December offers an opportunity to reverse this trend. Governments from all over the world will come together in Montréal to strike a global biodiversity agreement for the coming decade geared towards ensuring that society and the private sector preserve biodiversity rather than damaging it – because they need the resources that nature provides in order to meet humanity’s demands for raw materials and food. The main focus will be on the Global South, where the consequences of biodiversity loss are already being most keenly felt: it is home to most of the areas recognised as being particularly rich in biodiversity but also the part of the world hit hardest by food insecurity and financial hardship. 

How can we turn the corner? What solutions are already being attempted? And how much responsibility are companies shouldering? The following guests will discuss these questions at the next Development Forum:

Dr Frauke Fischer, author, lecturer in international conservation, tropical biologist, management consultant

Hannah Emde, veterinarian, author, chair of Nepada Wildlife e.V., known from the ARD documentary Hannah goes wild

Gabriele Hässig, Director of Communications and Sustainability in Germany, Austria and Switzerland at Procter & Gamble

Kirsten Hegener, GIZ expert for biodiversity, forestry and agriculture

Moderator: Tobias Schwab, Frankfurter Rundschau

The event will be held on Monday, 28 November 2022, from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Saalbau Südbahnhof, Hedderichstraße 51, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Admission is free.

Please observe the COVID-19 regulations applicable to public spaces in Hesse at the time of the event.

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