Protecting and restoring nature is good business – it generates value, builds resilience, and supports net zero plans.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema
Protecting and restoring nature is good business – it generates value, builds resilience, and supports net zero plans.
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Elizabeth Maruma Mrema: "Protecting and restoring nature is good business – it generates value, builds resilience, and supports net zero plans."
Photo credit: UN BiodiversityCC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

As the world gathers for the 2023 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 28) in Dubai, it is fitting to highlight the leadership and influence of Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, recently named one of Financial Times' 25 most influential women of 2023 and highlighted in Times 100 most influential people 2023.

Elizabeth Maruma Mrema at the Forefront of Global Environmental Leadership

Mrema, a Tanzanian lawyer and diplomat, has been a pivotal figure in global environmental governance. Her stewardship as the first African woman to lead the UN Convention on Biological Diversity set a precedent for inclusive and diversified leadership in global environmental discussions. Her role in the landmark COP15 biodiversity agreement — aiming to halt and reverse wildlife destruction and protect 30% of the planet by 2030 — is especially relevant as nations convene to address climate change and sustainability challenges.

Additionally, as a co-chair of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD), Mrema has been pivotal in creating frameworks for businesses and investors to report on nature-related risks. This initiative, which aligns with the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, is crucial for integrating environmental considerations into the financial decision-making process. Mrema's leadership philosophy resonates profoundly through her quote and underscores the interdependence of environmental sustainability and economic progress.

Mrema’s achievements and her advocacy for sustainable, nature-conscious policies serve as a beacon of inspiration. Her approach exemplifies the kind of visionary leadership that can drive impactful global change, making her one of the most influential figures in the environmental sphere in 2023 and beyond. She is a testament to the power of ethical, forward-thinking leadership in shaping a sustainable future for our planet.

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