While the world’s attention has been centered on the current global health crisis, the deterioration of the world’s biodiversity has continued with understated public alarm. The One Health approach recognizes the interconnectedness of human, animal and planetary health, with all its multitude of species and habitats.
On 28–29 October, GLF hosted a digital biodiversity conference featuring the One Health approach, gathering policymakers, Indigenous groups, members of the private sector, scientists and people interested in learning more about how to ensure the planet stays healthy for all. Attendees had the opportunity to listen to experts discuss how to protect species and habitats ranging across central Africa, the Himalayas, Borneo and beyond in addition to networking, engaging in chats and Q&As, and enjoying some films.
Here are some numbers from the event:
- Joined by nearly 5,000 attendees from 148 countries
- 261 speakers
- 50 sessions, plenaries, launchpads and more from over 50 organizations
- 130 virtual meet-ups
- 15,541 messages sent between participants
- 15,570 session views in conference
- 33 million people reached on social media (and growing)
- More than 13,000 tweets with the hashtag #GLFBiodiversity
- Traditional media reach of 76 million people
- 15 white papers recently published by participating organizations, providing critical insight on how humanity can transition from exploiting to restoring the Earth’s ecosystems
The conference doesn’t end here. The platform will be open for two more weeks, so feel free to catch up on sessions you missed, rewatch some and network with others interested in protecting biodiversity.
You can also read summaries of both days of the event here and here, and get inspired by a selection of insightful quotes.