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- Panel Discussion #2 -

Biodiversity and

Nature-based Solutions

June 1 15:00-15:40

Key Takeaway

This panel aims to raise awareness about the critical role of biodiversity conservation and nature-based solutions in addressing the climate crisis. By exploring the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, the potential of nature-based solutions to mitigate and adapt to these impacts, and real-world examples of successful implementation, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness between ecosystems and human well-being, as well as the urgent need for collaborative action to protect and restore biodiversity as a key component of building climate resilience.

Speakers
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Dr. Felix Leung

Climate Change Fellow 
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hong Kong

Felix Leung, PhD, is the Climate Change Fellow for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hong Kong. He assesses nature-based solutions for climate mitigation potential in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area and develops strategic partnerships with academic partners and industries to achieve conservation goals.

 

Felix has over ten years of research and professional experience specializing in climate change science, agriculture, marine ecology, and environmental management. Prior to joining TNC, he completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focused on the impact of urbanization and policy on the environment and biodiversity of the Greater Bay Area.

 

Felix holds a PhD degree in Physical Geography from the University of Exeter and the Met Office (UK) and a master's degree in Conservation and Forest Protection from Imperial College London (UK).
 

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Prof. David Baker

Co-founder, archiREEF

Associate Professor, HKU School of Biological Sciences

David Baker is a multi-disciplinary marine ecologist. His research aims to understand the role of nutrients and nutrition on symbioses in nature. David focuses on coral reef species - and has published on corals, gorgonians, sponges, jellyfish, etc. My expertise is in stable isotope biogeochemistry - a technique that "counts" atoms of the elements of life and reveals their origins and transformations. His ultimate goal is to reveal the importance of nutrients on the evolution and extinction of symbiosis.
 

More recently, David has been a practitioner of Science Communication - and teaches a graduate course on the topic to our first year students. He is a frequent participant and supporter of science public outreach events.
 

In 2020, David co-founded Archireef, Ltd. with Vriko Yu, to restore coral ecosystems and associated marine biodiversity.

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