Half-Earth Day Panelists

The Half-Earth Day afternoon session, “Half-Earth: Learning from Local Stewards,” featured two panel conversations.

Panel 1 addressed the question: How are indigenous peoples and local communities leading the way in nature stewardship? This panel featured representatives from indigenous groups and communities who are leading local conservation efforts.


Enric Sala, Pristine Seas, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, Moderator

Enric Sala is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence dedicated to restoring the health and productivity of the ocean. His more than 120 scientific publications are widely recognized and used for real-world conservation efforts such as the creation of marine reserves. Enric is currently working to help protect the last pristine marine ecosystems worldwide, and to develop new business models for marine conservation. He founded and leads National Geographic’s Pristine Seas, a project that combines exploration, research, and media to inspire country leaders to protect the last wild places in the ocean. To date, Pristine Seas has helped to create 13 marine reserves—some of which are the largest on the planet—covering an area of nearly 4.4 million square km. Enric has received many awards, including 2008 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, 2013 Research Award from the Spanish Geographical Society, 2013 Lowell Thomas Award from the Explorers Club, and the 2013 Hero Award from the Environmental Media Association. He is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. Enric’s experience and scientific expertise contributes to his service on advisory boards of international organizations and governments. Enric obtained his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of Aix-Marseille, France, in 1996.

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