Protected areas in a post-COVID world

Event Type
GLF Biodiversity Conference Session

Online, 28.10.2020


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The zoonotic origins of COVID 19 and countries’ reactions to the pandemic raise important questions about the future of protected areas. First, does the threat of virus spillover events after all call for a stricter separation of nature and people despite all justified criticism of fortress conservation approaches? Second, how can conservation funding cope with dumps in international wildlife tourism? We will discuss these questions in the format of a digital roundtable with experts in protected areas from different backgrounds. We will include practical examples of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on protected areas and aim to provide policy-oriented conclusions that could feed into the protected areas work at the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress and CBD COP 15.



  • Herbert Lust, Senior Vice President of Global Public Partnerships and Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Conservation International Europe,
  • Adrian Martin, Professor of Environment and Development at the School of International Development, University of East Anglia,
  • Anna Spenceley, co-founder and board member of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council and the founder of Spenceley Tourism and Development (STAND) Ltd.
  • Marciela Fernandez, Indigenous Cabécar leader in the Talamanca rainforest of Costa Rica

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Event information

Date / h
28.10.2020 / 09:00 - 10:30




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Ina Lehmann