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Razan Al Mubarak profiled by Wired Magazine Middle East

In a profile of Razan Al Mubarak for Wired Middle East, contributor Caterina Minthe looks at how Ms. Al Mubarak is pioneering micro-grants for critical species conservation around the world.  “A little bit of money can go a long way toward saving a species from the brink of extinction,” Ms. Al Mubarak, who leads the…

Razan Al Mubarak: “Twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change can be tackled together”

In an oped for the World Economic Forum Agenda, Razan Al Mubarak makes the case that policies can address the twin crises of biodiversity loss and climate change.  In the op-ed she writes: "While the United Arab Emirates, which I am proud to call home, is known for its vast deserts, it is also home…

Razan Al Mubarak Spotlights Women In Conservation With World Atlas

World Atlas interviewed Razan Al Mubarak and four women who have received grants from the Mohamed Bin Zayed Conservation Fund for a special series of articles on the critical role that women play in biodiversity conservation.  A strong advocate for advancing gender equality in all fields, Ms.Al Mubarak told World Atlas: “Like many fields dominated by…

Razan In World Economic Forum: The essential role of women in biodiversity conservation

In an op-ed published today in the World Economic Forum's Agenda, Razan Al Mubarak discusses why it is essential that women are fully engaged and equally represented in biodiversity conservation — at the grassroots level and in the leadership of governments and NGOs. Ms. Al Mubarak writes: “Women in many parts of the world, especially…

How the MBZ Fund is bringing the world’s endangered species back from the brink

This week The National published a feature story about the history, mission and impact of the Mohammed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Fund). The article highlighted the successes and importance of microfinancing species conservation projects in the field. A return to the successful practices of the golden age of conservation in the 1960s and…

World’s Leading Associations of Zoos and Aquariums endorse Razan Al Mubarak

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) have endorsed Razan Al Mubarak for President of the IUCN. This is the first time that either organization has endorsed a candidate for the IUCN Presidency.  In the endorsement, the AZA stated:  “We need a leader who offers skilled…

Razan Al Mubarak speaks about tackling stereotypes of Arab women

In an interview published in The National on International Women’s Day, Razan Al Mubarak discusses the differences in her experiences as a woman in the UAE and on the international stage:  “I can honestly say that I wasn’t stereotyped [in the UAE]. Maybe I was too young and too naïve to recognise that I had…

Razan Al Mubarak speaks with Dr. Jane Goodall about her views on nature conservation

Razan Al Mubarak joined Dr. Jane Goodall, a pioneer of the modern conservation movement, for a special episode of her new podcast, the Jane Goodall Hopecast.  Dr. Goodall and Ms. Al Mubarak discussed the state of conservation today and how to engage people from all walks of life in the fight against biodiversity loss.  A…

“As we chip away at nature, we are diluting our own spirit:” Financial Times interviews Razan Al Mubarak

In an interview with the Financial Times, Razan Al Mubarak discusses why she believes the existential twin crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are the greatest challenges of our time.  “From a biodiversity perspective, an estimated 10,000 species are lost to extinction each year at a rate one thousand times faster than any other…

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Endorses Razan Al Mubarak for IUCN President

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has endorsed Razan Al Mubarak for President of the IUCN. This is the first time in the organization’s history it has endorsed a candidate for the IUCN Presidency.  In the endorsement, the AZA stated:  “We need a leader who offers skilled management and a courageous, strategic vision. Someone…

Razan Al Mubarak calls biodiversity loss an existential challenge at Reverse the Red event

Biodiversity loss needs to be elevated as an existential challenge on the global agenda, equal in urgency to climate change, according Razan Al Mubarak, who told a Reverse the Red live webinar on December 9th that IUCN is best positioned to lead the effort.  Reverse the Red is a global movement that ignites strategic cooperation…

At 2020 Paris Peace Forum, Razan Al Mubarak Makes Case for Prioritizing Conservation and Climate Equally

At the third annual Paris Peace Forum, Razan Al Mubarak challenged government and business leaders worldwide to expand the meaning of “environmental protection” beyond fighting climate change by funding conservation and biodiversity initiatives to the same extent.  “Governments around the world are making big gestures by injecting money into the economy,” said Ms. Al Mubarak…

Razan Al Mubarak Writes Foreword for Illustrated Checklist of Mammals of the World

Razan Al Mubarak has written the foreword for the 2020 edition of the Illustrated Checklist of the Mammals of the World, the most complete, stand-alone summary of the current taxonomy and distribution of every currently recognized species of mammal. With editors from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History and Global Wildlife Conservation, this…

Razan Al Mubarak Advocates for Conservation at Dubai Climate and Biodiversity Week

Razan Al Mubarak, Founding Managing Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, affirmed that biodiversity conservation must receive equal priority with climate change action during Dubai Climate and Biodiversity Week on October 21, 2020. Hosted by Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE’s platform for galvanizing global action, the event brought together over 40 established and…

MBZ Fund to provide relief grants to help grassroots conservation NGOs survive pandemic and recession

Many grassroots conservation organizations are facing layoffs, cutbacks, and even the prospect of ceasing operations completely because of the twin crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and global recession. In response to the crises, Razan Al Mubarak, the Founding Managing Director of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Fund), announced this week that the…

Sighting of rare Steppe Whimbrel in Abu Dhabi signals progress for MBZ Fund-supported project

Some good news has risen from Abu Dhabi with the help of the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Conservation Fund), where Razan Al Mubarak serves as the founding managing director.  As reported by The National, a Steppe Whimbrel, of which only 100 exist today, was photographed on Saadiyat Island by two members of…

Razan for Sustainability Times: “Covid-19 has battered conservation work, but we can still succeed”

For more than a decade, scientists like Luis Ortiz-Catedral have been working to protect the Galápagos pink land iguana (Conolophus marthae). The species faces a range of threats including feral cats and rats, which prey on eggs and young reptiles. Their scientists' work, however, came to an halt in April when the COVID-19 lockdown in…

Razan for AZA Connect: a COVID-19 recovery strategy for the world's zoos and aquariums

In 2019, facilities accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) donated more than $231.5 million to conservation programs globally. But in the United States alone, its zoos, aquariums, and museums are losing $33 million daily due to the coronavirus pandemic.  In an op-ed written for Connect, the publication of the AZA, Razan Al Mubarak…

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…

Razan Al Mubarak profiled by Wired Magazine Middle East

In a profile of Razan Al Mubarak for Wired Middle East, contributor Caterina Minthe looks at how Ms. Al Mubarak is pioneering micro-grants for critical species conservation around the world.  “A little bit of money can go a long way toward saving a species from the brink of extinction,” said Ms. Al Mubarak, who leads…

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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…