Breakfast: World Water Day Event
- Fri 22.03.2019 | 7:45 – 9:15 Uhr
- Tickets: 35.-
- Veranstalter: GreenBuzz Zurich
‚Sustainable Development Goal 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.’ -World Water Day
Our over use and mismanagement of water resources has endangered our access to this precious resource – as desertification, saltwater intrusion and pollutants reduce both the quality and quantity of our freshwater ecosystems. When considering these challenges we often turn to freshwater which is pumped from acquifers and put onto corn fields, or diverted from rivers to support the mining industry. In those moments, we sometimes forget the immense value that coastal ecosystems provide us – and the incredible risks they face in light of the global water crisis. As important places for biodiversity, as carbon sinks, and as buffers to our freshwater ecosystems – mangroves and our coastal landscapes are of vital importance to our global water resources.
On World Water Day, we want to turn our attention to the important interface between fresh water and sea water – what can we do to protect our coastlines and secure water for all where land meets the sea? what can we do to protect important fresh water reserves?
Join us for an informal breakfast on World Water Day, to buzz about water, green infrastructure and coral reefs.
07:45 – 08:10: Registration and light breakfast
08:10 – 08:20: Welcome by GreenBuzz, Naomi Rosenthal
08:20 – 08:40: „Man-made structures and the Sea“ Joanne Wong shares her work and insights into rebuilding coastal ecosystems
08:40 – 08-50: „Nature based solutions for Water“. Bella Roscher WWF.
08:50 – 09:20: Get to know your peers and have a second cup of coffee over water discussions
Background: Man-Made structures and the Sea
The world’s coastal zones where the majority of us live are highly modified environments. We have built many artificial structures along our coastlines to protect us from the sea and engage in trade (think shipping). Traditionally, such structures are built with functional and economic considerations. This ignores the potential for these structures to provide useful natural habitats, at worse, this favours the spread of non-native species.
Two new programs seek to improve these artificial structures: The first, the World Harbour Project carried out a multi-country study to test the potential of „green engineering“ to improve the biodiversity and resilience of harbours in 15 sites across the world. Another interesting program from Coralive, a Swiss NGO that uses simple technology to bring back corals in degraded reefs with Biorocks. Using electricity Biorocks allows the growth of corals to protect our coastlines.
Join us to discuss the benefits and potential use of such technologies to improve our natural environments and allow us to adapt to climate change.
Joanne is an ecologist with a background in coastal management and impact assessment. She has worked as an environmental consultant and researcher in topics related to coastal planning, mangrove reforestation, microplastic pollution, saltmarsh management and green-engineering of ports.
Bella Roscher, a Swedish national, has been working for WWF for 24 years in various capacities and countries. Her current position focuses on strengthening the cooperation between local WWF offices and public and private partner organizations in developing countries. In addition, Bella is the Portfolio Manager for China. Bella holds a BA in Economic History from Lund University, Sweden, and a post graduate degree in Development Studies from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.
*GreenBuzz members can attend this event for free.
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