How can we make space for nature? A live Q&A
This will be airing at 2pm on Saturday 3 April.
As an introduction to Earth Optimism's session on Making Space for Nature, the Chair of England's statutory nature conservation agency and former Friends of the Earth Director Tony Juniper explains how ambitious new initiatives are aiming to restore natural habitats across the country.
The RSPB purchased Hope Farm 20 years ago, to identify and demonstrate how to farm profitably while addressing the loss of farmland wildlife. Farm manager Georgie Bray explains how their efforts have since seen the recovery and return of declining farmland populations and a 400% increase in butterflies. Now attention is turning to ways of maintaining production and biodiversity in the face of escalating climate change.
We visit three of Europe's newest and largest habitat restoration schemes with the Endangered Landscape Programme, and find out their plans for restoring biodiversity and the benefits it brings to people in some of the most exciting conservation programmes on the continent.
Georgina is the Programme Coordinator for the Endangered Landscapes Programme (ELP), a grant-making programme which supports landscape-scale restoration initiatives across Europe and is managed by the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Georgina coordinates grant-making processes and capacity building initiatives for the ELP, and also takes a lead on programme-level communications. She also has further experience in Learning and Development from her time in the private sector, where she developed online training content and programmes for consultant staff. She holds a BSc in Zoology and an MSc in Environment and Development, representing a balanced background across natural and social science disciplines. Her core interests lie in environmental conservation and recovery, and how these areas intersect with psychological wellbeing and the power of positive storytelling.