AIPH, in collaboration with the Worshipful Company of Gardeners, presents the City of London Green City Briefings – a series of 8 webinars that present compelling evidence and examples of the power of ‘living green’ in delivering multiple solutions to city challenges.
Cities are gaining recognition as identifiable ecosystems, and play an increasingly important role in global conservation. This briefing considers local action to enhance biodiversity, links with city-wide ecological corridors, and interactions with the wider landscape that direct city planning and growth.
MC: Dr Heather Barrett-Mold, Master of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners
Dr. Heather Barrett-Mold OBE has worked in Further and Higher Education for a number of years, and was Principal and Chief Executive of Pershore Group of Colleges; a land-based college. Heather is primarily an ecologist and was a member of the Government Advisory Panel on Sustainable Development Education also known as the Holland Committee for its lifetime of 5 years, and then as an advisor on the Secretary of State Sounding Board. Her research has mostly been concerned with the ecological history, management and conservation of chalk grassland meadows. She is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society. Heather is now working as a consultant for a variety of organisations; is a Vice President of the Institution of Environmental Science, a Past President of the Institute of Horticulture and until March 2017 was chairing the Science Council. Heather is the Master of the Court of the Worshipful Company of Gardeners. Heather was an expert with the Commission for Sustainable London 2012 and a Secretary of State Board member for the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Mrs Hilary Russell, The Lady Mayoress, City of London
Hilary Russell (nee Chaplin) is married to Alderman William Russell, who took office as the 692nd Lord Mayor of London on 8th November 2019.
Hilary was born in Cambridge where she was educated until the age of 11 years old. She then went on to Wycombe Abbey School before reading Natural Sciences at Durham University. She specialized in Zoology with her final year spent studying Entomology.
Hilary is currently a Trustee of Best Beginnings, a Heads Together charity, which works to give every child in the UK the best start in life. She is an Ambassador for Bees for Development and a Launch Ambassador for Blue Smile, a Cambridge-based charity supporting children in primary schools through early intervention and arts-based therapy. She is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Farmers where she helps on the Fellowship and Communications Committee.
Dr Mike Maunder, Executive Director, Cambridge Conservation Initiative
Dr. Maunder is a leading expert in the fields of plant conservation and biodiversity. He is currently the Executive Director of Cambridge Conservation Initiative. Dr. Maunder is devoted to facilitating the development of the conservation field and has made great contributions to research and education, as well as has developed and fostered many multi-disciplinary and cross-border collaborations. Over the past 30 years, he has worked across the globe in numerous academic and conservation organizations. He has served as the Director of Conservation at National Tropical Botanical Garden, Executive Director at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Associate Dean for Research Engagement at Florida International University and Executive Director and Director of Life Sciences at Eden Project. He has also held several board memberships, including Chair of Strategic Advisory Board for Bridge Colombia, Vice-chair of Fauna and Flora International Council of Trustees and Senior Editor for Oryx.
With co-author Russell Galt, Head of Urban Alliance, World Conservation Union-IUCN
Marina Ruta, Lead of the BiodiverCities by 2030 Initiative by the World Economic Forum
Marina is Lead of the BiodiverCities by 2030 Initiative at the World Economic Forum.
Passionate about innovation and initiatives fostering environmental sustainability, with over 15 years of experience within academia, industry, and the non-profit sector and through her highly diversified and international career she managed projects for technology innovation, business and partnership development. She previously worked at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Dow Chemicals, Vestergaard-Frandsen SA, Novozymes, UN Environment Programme and as independent consultant for start-up projects.
Marina holds a PhD from the Doctoral School of Environmental Engineering at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) and an MBA with specialization in International Organizations from the University of Geneva. She is PMI certified project manager and biomimicry practitioner.
13:00 – Welcome
13:05 – Lady Mayoress of the City of London, Mrs Hilary Russell.
13:10 – Dr Mike Maunder with co-author Russell Galt.
Building biodiverse cities where people and nature thrive.
13:30 – Presentation by Marina Ruta, BiodiverCities 2030, World Economic Forum
13:50 – Q&A
14:00 – Session close
Session 7: Air Quality in Cities: the realistic and real benefits of plants – 9th November
Local improvements in air quality delivered by urban greening as climate change adaptation measures run alongside climate change mitigation strategies to reduce air pollution from emissions. This briefing focusses on providing clarity on what can be expected from living green within a multi-faceted approach to managing air pollution in cities. Find out more.
Session 8: London Report on Climate Action – 7th December