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Global survey reveals how conservation activities have been disrupted by pandemic

As reported by Lonely Planet, World Atlas and Gulf News, the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns have severely disrupted species conservation activities worldwide according to a survey of more than 300 conservationists in 85 countries. The survey was conducted by The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, (MBZ Conservation Fund) where Razan Al Mubarak…

With help from MBZ Fund, rare mountain flower blossoms for first time in Spanish nursery

A literal seed of hope has blossomed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Conservation Fund), where Razan Al Mubarak serves as the founding managing director, and the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia in Spain.  As reported by World Atlas, a global news…

Youth conservationists and Razan Al Mubarak discuss intersection of politics and conservation

Razan Al Mubarak's vision for the IUCN is built on a fresh, energetic commitment to working closely with all constituencies, especially youth and local communities. To that end, Ms Al Mubarak recently met with more than 225 young conservationists from the United Arab Emirates for an interactive dialogue on the intersection of politics and conservation…

مقال افتتاحي لمجلة Sustainability Times بقلم رزان المبارك

لأكثر من عقد من الزمان، عكف علماء مثل لويس أورتيز كاتيدرال على حماية الإغوانا الوردية في جالاباجوس، حيث تواجه الأنواع مجموعة من التهديدات، مثل افتراس  القطط والجرذان الوحشية للبيض والزواحف الصغيرة. ومع ذلك، توقفت أنشطة العلماء في أبريل  نتيجة سياسات الإغلاق التي تمت في إطار جهود مكافحة تفشي  جائحة كوفيد-19 في الإكوادور. قال السيد أورتيز…

مقال افتتاحي لجمعية حدائق الحيوان والأحياء المائية: استراتيجية التعافي من فيروس كوفيد-19 لحدائق الحيوان وحدائق الأحياء المائية في العالم

تبرعت المنشآت المعتمدة من جمعية حدائق الحيوان والأحياء المائية في عام 2019 بأكثر من 231.5 مليون دولار لبرامج الحفاظ على الطبيعة على مستوى العالم. وتتكبد حدائق الحيوان وحدائق الأحياء المائية والمتاحف في الولايات المتحدة وحدها خسائر بنحو 33 مليون دولار يوميًا بسبب جائحة فيروس  كوفيد-19.  في مقال افتتاحي لكونكت، التي تنشرها جمعية حدائق الحيوان والأحياء…

Global survey reveals how conservation activities have been disrupted by pandemic

As reported by Lonely Planet, World Atlas and Gulf News, the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns have severely disrupted species conservation activities worldwide according to a survey of more than 300 conservationists in 85 countries. The survey was conducted by The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, (MBZ Conservation Fund) where Razan Al Mubarak…

With help from MBZ Fund, rare mountain flower blossoms for first time in Spanish nursery

A literal seed of hope has blossomed in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Conservation Fund), where Razan Al Mubarak serves as the founding managing director, and the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia in Spain.  As reported by World Atlas, a global news…

Youth conservationists and Razan Al Mubarak discuss intersection of politics and conservation

Razan Al Mubarak's vision for the IUCN is built on a fresh, energetic commitment to working closely with all constituencies, especially youth and local communities. To that end, Ms Al Mubarak recently met with more than 225 young conservationists from the United Arab Emirates for an interactive dialogue on the intersection of politics and conservation…

VIDEO: Greetings from Razan Al Mubarak, Candidate for IUCN President

As humanity comes together like never before to overcome the coronavirus pandemic, Razan Al Mubarak is more committed than ever to her campaign to serve as President of the IUCN beginning in January 2021. In this video message, Ms Al Mubarak discusses why the work of the IUCN, the world's foremost scientific authority on conservation…

In Mongabay op-ed, Razan Al Mubarak calls for a post-COVID recovery plan for wildlife conservation

While the global lockdown has led to unprecedented reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, there is increasing evidence that the pandemic is bringing critical conservation efforts to a halt, harming efforts to prevent biodiversity loss worldwide.  In an op-ed written for Mongabay, the global conservation and science news outlet, Razan Al Mubarak calls for a post-COVID…

Image: Guinea - Rural Women's Cooperative. UN Women, Flickr.

Razan Al Mubarak writes about Conservation and Covid-19 in an op-ed for The Ecologist

The COVID-19 pandemic is a wake-up call that a seemingly innocuous event in one part of the world can have a profound effect on the other side of the planet in just a matter of days. In an op-ed written for The Ecologist, Razan Al Mubarak makes a powerful case for the need for conservationists to…

VIDEO: Euronews looks at Razan Al Mubarak's record of conservation leadership

For a recent episode of Inspire Middle East on Euronews, Razan Al Mubarak met with correspondent Rebecca McLaughlin-Eastham in Abu Dhabi's Jubail Mangrove Park to discuss conservation initiatives she is leading in the UAE, Chad, and beyond. Mangroves planted in Abu Dhabi forty years ago now absorb more than 41 million tons of carbon-dioxide equivalents, according to…

Razan Al Mubarak Selected as a Candidate for President of IUCN

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 12 February 2020 — The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) announced yesterday that Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, Managing Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, has been chosen as one of two candidates who will stand for election of President of…

Emirati environmentalist Razan Al Mubarak in running to lead global wildlife agency

An Emirati environmentalist will run for the presidency of a global conservation body working to preserve wildlife and nature. Razan Al Mubarak was chosen as one of the two candidates to head the Switzerland-based International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Ms Al Mubarak, managing director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund and…

VIDEO: Heroes of Sustainability: Meet the individuals who have dedicated their careers to creating a greener future for all

Razan Al Mubarak has been at the forefront of the UAE's successful efforts in the conservation of key species over the last decade. Like most mothers, she aspires for her daughter to grow up in a world of clean air and water, graced by nature. Unlike most three-year-olds, however, that little girl has a parent…

Climate change playbook is a threat to the conservation cause

As preparations get underway for a landmark UN-sponsored conference on biodiversity in China next year, a leading conservationist has given warning that the issue needs to be seen as separate to the climate change agenda. Razan Al Mubarak, the head of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, told a panel at the Paris Peace…

Statement as Nominee for IUCN President

Within the next year, we will see important environmental negotiations and hopefully commitments to decisive actions by the world's nations. There will be the drive to agree to a new set of targets for halting biodiversity loss during the 2020 Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference. Furthermore, the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) will take…

Species Conservation: The power of IUCN's science to guide policies and actions

In 2008, Abu Dhabi hosted the first IUCN Species Survival Commission's Specialist Group Chairs meeting. It was a decisive moment for the SSC. It was the first face-to-face meeting of all the Specialist Group Chairs. Since then, the SSC leadership has met in Abu Dhabi in 2012 and 2015 and again in October 2019. Four…