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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…

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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…

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…

EAD hosts 4th IUCN Species Survival Commission Leaders' Meeting in Abu Dhabi

Under the patronage of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, EAD, the Species Survival Commission, SSC, of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, IUCN, today opened its four-day Leaders' Meeting in the UAE capital. The conference has brought together more than 350 conservation experts, including the IUCN Secretariat and other IUCN commissions, Red List…

Species Conservation Experts to Unite in Abu Dhabi to Enhance Global Action for Biodiversity

The highly anticipated gathering of international experts aims to heavily influence the functioning, growth and integration of species conservation work. Eleven years after the first International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SCC) Leaders' Meeting held in Al Ain in 2008, the leadership of the IUCN and SSC will meet again from…

World Ocean Summit: Arabian Gulf faces climate change challenge

Environmental leaders have warned that the Arabian Gulf faces a daunting challenge in combating climate change. Razan Al Mubarak, managing director of the Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi, told delegates at the World Ocean summit that the region was particularly vulnerable to increases in global temperatures. Read the full article in The National.

The world's oceans are a gift of nature that we all have a duty to preserve

It's called the “blue marble” for a reason. Looking at the Earth from space, the enormous swaths of brilliant turquoise and navy blue dominate the picture, yet we focus so much of our attention on the landmasses floating amid all the water. Our oceans are the largest ecosystem on Earth – responsible for generating approximately…

Ban Ki-moon asks youth to challenge leaders for sustainability

Ban was having a conversation with Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary-general of the Environment Agency-Abu Dhabi, about “Sustainable Development Goals in practice,” at the Future Sustainability Summit. The former UN chief appreciated the UAE's sustainability initiatives: “Many countries should emulate what the UAE is doing. Its leadership is investing wisely in the nation's resources as…