Keynote Speakers

As we enter the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, we have assembled leaders from around the world that represent the full diversity of restoration projects and initiatives, policy and scientific advancement, that must take place in order to catalyze a lasting change in our relationship to nature. Each of our speakers is bringing about positive change on every scale from the hyperlocal, through community engagement and education, to transnational collaboration and development of global programs and policy. They represent all the places where restoration is happening and offer examples of how it can be applied in other regions and locations. Each day of the conference will include plenary sessions exploring critical factors for the success of the Decade: restoration and community, restoration to address climate change and biodiversity loss, transboundary and transnational approaches to restoration, and restoration in challenging contexts.


Milene Alves Oliveira Lima

Xingu Seed Network

Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology

HRH Princess Basma bint Ali


Dianna Kopansky

Global Peatlands Initiative, UN Environment Program

Agnes Leina

Il’laramatak Community Concerns (ICC)

Nalini M. Nadkarni

University of Utah

Brendan Mackey

Griffith University

Jane Madgwick

Wetlands International

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema

UN Convention on Biological Diversity

Maya Nehme

Lebanon Reforestation Initiative

Samira A.S. Omar

Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research

Jennifer Pitt

National Audubon Society

Moctar Sacande

Food and Agriculture Organization Forestry Division

Robin Wall Kimmerer

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

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