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Secretariat
Team

The Nature Positive Initiative is supported by a dedicated Secretariat support team with the role of convening, facilitating and supporting partners, monitoring and tracking progress, liaising with the broader constituency of partners, coordinating communication and attendance to key events, and providing leadership as necessary.

This is the Nature Positive Initiative Secretariat team so far. More recruitments are underway.

To find out more about how you can support the Nature Positive Initiative read about the Forum.

For further information on how to join the Nature Positive Initiative Forum, please contact [email protected]

  • Marco Lambertini - Convener, Nature Positive Initiative

    Marco is the Convenor of the Nature Positive Initiative. He moves from WWF International where he held the role of Director General 2014-2022, and Special Envoy in 2023. Before joining WWF he was Global Director of Network and Programme and subsequently CEO of BirdLIfe International.

    Marco’s experience and career ranges from ecological field research to high level advocacy and international policy, nature reserve management, integrated conservation and development projects, environmental education, NGO development, communications and campaigning, in many countries all over the world.

    Marco is a member of the China Council (CCICED) and of the Board of Directors for the Fondation Prince Albert III de Monaco, former co-chair and now Board member of the Belt and Road Initiative Greening Coalition, a founding member of the Nature Action Agenda and the Friends of Ocean Action at WEF, outgoing co-chair of the Global Commons Alliance and member of the UN Global Compact Board.

  • Gavin Edwards - Executive Director, Nature Positive Initiative Secretariat

    Gavin has been the Director of the Nature Positive Initiative in WWF International for 5 years, joining from WWF Hong Kong where he was the Conservation Director. He previously served as the Head of Forest Campaign then Head of Climate & Energy Campaign at Greenpeace International.

    Gavin brings a wealth of conservation knowledge and expertise, helping secure important breakthrough successes such as conserving the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada working alongside First Nations peoples, an Amazon soy moratorium, a Hong-Kong ivory sales ban and the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework. His experience in business engagement in Asia includes collaborating with the shipping industry on the carriage of threatened wildlife products, founding a sustainable finance programme, and partnering with businesses to ensure sustainable seafood in their supply chains, all of which leveraged his Executive MBA and private sector networks.

  • Claire Warmenbol - Head of Communications, Nature Positive Initiative Secretariat

    Claire joins the Initiative secretariat from the IUCN in Gland, where she held the role of Communications and Partnership Manager. A graduate from the Geography Faculty at Melbourne University, Claire previously worked for the United Nations EU liaison office and the European Environment Bureau in Brussels. Following this, she held positions as Associate Producer for the BBC series ‘Nature Inc’ in London and as IUCN Communications Officer in setting up a new Water Programme in Suva, Fiji. During her work at the IUCN, Claire held positions in the Marine, Freshwater, Corporate Communications and Knowledge Management Teams.

  • Jane Cotton-Hall, Senior Executive Assistant, Nature Positive Initiative Secretariat

    Jane is a seasoned Executive Assistant with over 35 years of experience working with senior international CEOs. Prior to joining the Nature Positive Initiative, Jane worked with WWF International as Executive Assistant to the Director General. She held similar positions at IUCN from 1996 – 2007 where she also served as the IUCN Congress Officer for the 2000 and 2004 World Conservation Congresses. Jane also previously worked with the United Nations Volunteer Programme as a recruitment/administration coordinator.

The Nature Positive Forum

The Nature Positive Forum is open to all relevant institutions and organizations from all corners of society who want to support and implement the Nature Positive global goal for nature.

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