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How can entrepreneurs help to prevent deforestation, combat desertification and protect biodiversity?

  • WeWork Labs 70 Wilson Street London, England, EC2A 2DB United Kingdom (map)
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This June, we're focusing on SDG 15: Life on Land, with a special focus on combatting desertification, tackling deforestation and halting biodiversity loss. 

As world population creeps ever closer to 10 billion people - and as our planet warms and our climate becomes increasingly unpredictable - enormous pressure is being placed on the world's productive land. As a result, the Earth’s forest areas have continued to shrink, primarily due to agricultural expansion, and now stand at around 4 billion hectares, just 30.6% of total land area. Drought and desertification are also on the rise each year, amounting to the loss of a further 12 million hectares. This is not only threatening the livelihoods of the 1.6 billion people who depend on forests, but causing our wildlife populations to plummet. 

With the planet's sixth mass extinction said to be underway, around 8 percent of the 8,300 animal breeds known are now extinct - and 22 percent are currently at risk of extinction. Illicit poaching and trafficking of wildlife also continue to thwart conservation efforts, with nearly 7,000 species of animals and plants reported in illegal trade involving 120 countries. We're now seeing an alarming trend in the decline of biodiversity worldwide, with up to 1 million plant and animals species facing extinction, many within decades, due to human activity.

Held on the evening following the UN World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought, this event on will ask 'How can entrepreneurs help to prevent deforestation, combat desertification and protect biodiversity?'. By showcasing the work of entrepreneurs already working towards SDG 15, this event will inspire entrepreneurs and 'wantrepreneurs' in the audience, enabling them to understand how they can contribute to this goal through their existing or future business.

Your ticket includes:

  • A great talk and Q&A session from our guest speakers.

  • Networking and chatting with speakers, and the board members of Fast Forward 2030

  • Free ethical & sustainably sourced drinks and canapés from Elsyia Catering & Toast Ale


Why the SDGs need entrepreneurs

A better world depends upon our ability to generate new ideas and build new systems that can better channel human, social and financial efforts towards the SDGs. Entrepreneurs are essential to this. They are key to creating the innovations and partnerships that will enable us to go beyond and reach the SDGs with the resources we have. In order to do this, entrepreneurs need ecosystems that allow knowledge, resources and information to be shared among the different groups that are addressing the goals. Fast Forward 2030, one of the Institute for Global Prosperity’s Knowledge Networks, builds the structure we need to progress.