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ILCN/ELCN Webinar: Land Conservation, Human Health and Well-being
The COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated the link between land conservation and public health in a time of crisis: across cities, suburbs, and rural areas, lockdowns and the dangers posed by indoor spaces have dramatically increased visitation to urban green spaces, parks, and other natural areas. People all over the world are seeking safe outdoor places for recreation and relaxation.

This webinar will focus on the role of open space, parks, and protected areas as a critical part of public health infrastructure, offering multiple benefits for physical and mental health. Speakers from the United States and Spain, two of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, will share their perspectives on how land conservation contributes to health and well-being, and the urgency of ensuring equal access to quality green spaces for all.

Oct 23, 2020 09:15 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Rand Wentworth
Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership, and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy @Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Rand Wentworth is the Louis Bacon Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership, an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and a member of the faculty for the Senior Executive Fellows at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also serves as president emeritus of the Land Trust Alliance, a national conservation organization based in Washington, DC which serves as the leader for 1100 land trusts with 8,000 staff, 16,000 board members and 4.6 million members. He served as president from 2002-2016 and is widely recognized for expanding the pace and quality of land conservation in America. Before joining the Land Trust Alliance, Wentworth served as vice president and founding director of the Atlanta office of the Trust for Public Land where he in tripled the size of the national park honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and completed a $143 million capital campaign to protect 70 miles along the Chattahoochee River, the primary drinking water supply for the City of Atlanta.
Dr. Sadiya Muqueeth
Director of Community Health @Trust for Public Land
Dr. Sadiya Muqueeth is the Director of Community Health at the Trust for Public Land where she advances built environment & nature as tools for community health, nationally. She joined the organization from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield in Maryland, where she was a Strategist in Community Health. She is a former CDC Public Health Prevention Service Fellow assigned to the Baltimore City Health Department and a returned Peace Corps volunteer from Paraguay. She earned her BA in Public Health Studies from Johns Hopkins University (2006), her MPH in Health Behavior from University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (2012), and her DrPH from Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health (2018).
Dr. Carles Castell
Head of the Natural Areas Department @Barcelona Provincial Council
Carles Castell holds a PhD in Ecology, a Master in Environmental Management in Rural and a Master in Directive Function, of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After ten years of research and teaching experience, he started working in the Natural Areas Department of the Provincial Council of Barcelona in 1994, developing research, monitoring, planning and management programs of conservation. Nowadays, he is dealing with several “Nature & Health Initiatives” at different scales, and he is member of the Commission of Health & Protected Areas of the European Federation of Parks (EUROPARC). He has published several books, scientific and disclosure papers, both in the field of ecology as well as analysis, planning and management of natural areas. He lectures as professor in several Master Programs. He is actively involved in the Spanish Federation of Parks (EUROPARC-Spain), which he presided between 2013 and 2017.