The Paris climate conference, better known as COP21, is right around the corner, and the head of the oldest environmental advocacy organization in the world is thinking about how environmentalists, citizen scientists and policymakers can better use data to promote sustainability and measure impact.
Inger Andersen is a former vice president for sustainable development and vice president for the Middle East and Africa at the World Bank, where she tackled the special challenge of promoting sustainability and conservation in the region. Now, as director-general of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, a member of the Eye on Earth Alliance, Andersen is also a spokesperson for the EoE Summit, hosted last month in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Devex spoke with Andersen at the summit about the biggest priorities for development professionals working in the climate and conservation space, what’s working and what’s new in climate finance, and heard her call to action for COP21 and beyond.
Here are some highlights from that conversation: