Save the Turtles! - Supporting Marine Conservations: Major Ali Al Suwaidi, Barbara Lang-Lenton & Toby Gregory
Date/Time: Saturday 4 February 2023 15:30-16:30
Session No: 101
There is a global consensus, famously known as the 30x30, that we should aim to conserve 30% of land and ocean by 2030 to secure the biodiversity of our planet and prevent mass species extinction. There has also been much discussion surrounding the overwhelming amount of microplastics and chemicals contaminating the planet on a global scale, disrupting its natural balance. Marine conservation is crucial not only for the survival of marine species but also for the wellbeing of humans, and the world at large.
Join our impressive panel of environmental experts and conservationists as they unpack the threats underwater and how they impact marine conservation frameworks. Discussing the current state of the ocean and how various pollutants affect it, they will explore how the physical, chemical, and biological components of our oceans are being changed and reshaped, to the severe detriment of our larger environment. They will also discuss what sustainable solutions and strategies we can adopt at a macro-scale to support marine conservation.
Barbara Lang-Lenton is the Director of Aquarium at Jumeirah Group’s flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah, where she oversees aquarium management and leads on all activities at the Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Programme. She is also part of Jumeirah Sustainability Committee and Subject Matter Expert in Biodiversity and Environmental Management for Dubai Holding.
Major Ali Al Suwaidi has been called ‘the UAE’s last pearl diver’. Growing up on the UAE’s pearling boats, he learned to love the ecology of the Gulf waters and is now President of the Emirates Marine Environmental Group.
Over the years, the UAE-based British national has had his fair share of awe-inspiring adventures as
well as close encounters. Whether by foot, boat, or bicycle, Toby Gregory has spent his life traversing
the world in search of challenges or protecting the planet.
This session is moderated by Anna Turns
As you plan your day at the Festival, please take into consideration that it takes between 30-60 mins to commute between the Intercontinental, Festival City and Mohammed Bin Rashid Library.