Expert panel discussion: Will the coronavirus pandemic have a lasting impact on Nature Conservation?

30th April 2020

Why should society care about the climate crisis in a pandemic? When we face such an urgent threat, who wants to think about another, looming crisis? Is this really the time? With the coronavirus pandemic, we face global threats, and those threats don’t have national borders. A warming climate and intense droughts are already strongly hitting the last old and primeval beech forests in Europe. We must be guided by science, which has warned about the corona epidemic as well as about the climate crisis.

Join the panel discussion

Does the coronavirus outbreak open a new path for conservation efforts? In the open panel discussion hosted on 12thMay 2020 by one of our project partners, the European Wilderness Society, expert panellists will discuss the impact of the outbreak on nature and society, and share what they are concerned about, hopeful for, or even looking forward to in the future. In the second half of the panel, attendees will have the chance to ask questions. Among panellists will be Board members of the European Beech Forest Network, together with other leading experts in the nature conservation field.

Panel Members

  • Peter Hobson: Writtle College, UK
  • Jo Roberts, CEO of The Wilderness Foundation, UK
  • John Hausdoerffer, Western Colorado University, USA
  • Pierre Ibisch, Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development, Germany
  • Hannes Knapp, Primeval Forest Expert and BfN/BMU Expert (ret), Germany
  • Mauro Belardi, Chairman NGO Eliante, Italy
  • Max A E Rossberg, Chairman, NGO European Wilderness Society, Austria

We have to learn that we cannot ignore global issues. Whilst one day this pandemic will pass, the climate as we know is forever changed. Join us in this discussion!

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 16:00 – 18:30 Central European Time (CET)

Mode: Online panel discussion via Zoom

This open online panel discussion will be held in English over the Zoom platform. For more information, click here.