Conservation Optimism Summit

20 Apr - 22 Apr 2017

Conservation is too often seen as a crisis discipline, one in which bad news predominates. Although nature is facing huge challenges, we feel there are many positive stories out there where conservation has made a difference to people’s lives and to the status of wild nature. Progress, at the moment, tends to be overshadowed by negativity. It may well be happening, but it can be slow-burning, local and less immediately obvious than the sometimes overwhelming challenges faced. We believe this is counter-productive.

Budding and perennial conservationists need to feel inspired and continue in the profession, not put off by pessimism. The public, businesses and government need to know that their actions can make a difference. With this summit, we aim to reframe the conservation movement by celebrating positive thinking in conservation, and putting forward a road map for change towards an optimistic and forward-thinking future.

We believe being optimistic doesn’t underestimate the challenges faced in conservation, but it can help us to learn from both success and failure and move forward. In this effort we are holding two events; the Conservation Optimism Summit at Dulwich College on 20-21 April and 'Earth Day' at the Zoological Society of London on 22nd April. We are joined by the Earth Optimism Summits taking place in Washington DC, Cambridge UK, and around the world.

Conservation Optimism Summit

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  • Thursday 20 - Friday 21 April 2017
  • Dulwich College, London
  • Registration required: general registration: £160; student registration: £110
  • Early Bird Registration ends on 24 March, thereafter tickets will be £200 for general registration and £150 for student registration.
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Learn from conservation successes around the world, find out how to scale up these successes and apply them to your practice and discuss how to tackle the largest challenges facing our planet.

Hear from five inspiring plenary speakers

  • Anna Oposa is a multi-hyphenated changemaker who is best known for being the Co-Founder and Chief Mermaid of Save Philippine Seas (SPS), a movement to conserve and restore the Philippines’ coastal and marine resources.

  • Niki Harré is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. She is also the leader of a Sustainability Network within the university’s Faculty of Science.

  • Andrew Balmford - Andrew Balmford is a professor of conservation science at the University of Cambridge. His research focuses on planning conservation, comparing the costs and benefits of conservation and how conservation can be reconciled with other activities.

  • Lisel Alamilla is a conservationist and politician from Belize. She currently serves as the Chair of the Commission at Toledo Maya Land Rights Commission.

  • Helen Crowley is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation at Kering, and actively participates in international
 forums such as CITES, IUCN, CBD, TEEB and SAC.


Earth Day at the Zoological Society of London

  • Saturday 22nd April 2017

  • Huxley Lecture Theatre, Zoological Society of London

  • Free to attend, registration required. 

  • More information on the event and registration coming soon.