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How are women restoring the Earth?

GLF Live with Musonda Mumba, Katharine Hayhoe and Analí Bustos

On International Women’s Day (March 8), we at the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) annually honor 16 women who are making significant impacts on stopping runaway climate change through science, finance, policymaking, art, activism, Indigenous rights, and more in our 16 Women Restoring the Earth list.

Ahead of the release of the full 2022 list, this GLF Live featured three of the honored women: Musonda Mumba, director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), prolific writer and chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy Katharine Hayhoe, and young conservationist Analí Bustos. In the celebratory discussion, we heard from these leaders on women’s unique roles in strengthening climate commitments, raising public awareness and climate activism, growing the reach of science, and conducting on-the-ground conservation and restoration across the globe.

Musonda Mumba is the director for The Rome Centre for Sustainable Development under the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She is also the former chair of the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR) and former Vice-Chair of the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF). She has over 25 years’ experience in environmental and conservation issues globally, and has published widely in various journals, newspapers, articles, and contributed to book chapters. Before joining UNDP, Mumba was the head of United Nations Environment Programme – UNEP’s Terrestrial Ecosystems Programme and served in various roles over a period of 12 years. A Zambian national, she received her BSc. Ed. at University of Zambia and her Ph.D. at University College London in wetland conservation and hydrology.

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. In her role as chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, Katharine is responsible for the TNC’s wider portfolio of global climate advocacy and adaptation work.

Analí Bustos was a GLF Restoration Steward for 2021. She holds a master’s in ecology and conservation in Brazil, where she worked on pollination interactions in the Atlantic Forest. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Buenos Aires, working on habitat restoration for pollinators in agricultural environments. As part of her academic training, she is involved in a project called “Monte Alegre, ” focused on the restoration, dissemination and revaluation of a native forest patch in Espinal in the province of Córdoba. She is also a member of the Argentine Network of Ecological Restoration (REA) and the Argentine Network of Private Natural Reserves (RARNAP).


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