Natural Partners: integrating development and environment to deliver sustainable development

Together with development, environment and business leaders, this event will discuss how the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can be used to balance human development needs with environmental sustainability.  It will showcase examples of sustainable development projects based on good natural resource management from around the world, and speakers will contribute to a panel discussion on how the environment, development and private sectors can work together to achieve their joint aims

Case studies of projects include:

  • The Better Cotton Initiative, founded by stakeholders including WWF and Oxfam, which supplies cotton that meets high social and environmental standards to companies like Marks & Spencer

  • Land use planning in the Tana River Delta, where BirdLife International Partner Nature Kenya has worked with the Kenyan government and local communities to develop an award-winning land use plan that showcases how the SDGs can be implemented holistically on the ground

  • Net-Works, where ZSL works with the private sector and local communities to collect and repurpose marine litter like discarded fishing nets (which can be sold for conversion into carpet tiles) in Cameroon and the Philippines

Organised by CAFOD, Christian Aid, RSPB, WWF and ZSL


Yolanda Kakabadse
President, WWF International

Chris Bain
Director, CAFOD

Loretta Minghella
Chief Executive, Christian Aid

Mike Clarke
Chief Executive, RSPB

Attending this event

  • This is event is free to attend but you must register your interest in advance by emailing Penny Evans at

  • Venue: Huxley Lecture Theatre, Main Meeting Rooms, ZSL London Zoo. See map

  • Underground – Camden Town Station; Nearest bus - no. 274

  • Seats are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

  • The talks will be followed by a drinks reception for all attendees.

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