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Make Time #ForNature - Environmental Professionals and Biodiversity

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The place for environmental professionals from across sectors and disciplines to share their vital work to protect and enhance biodiversity, to learn from other environmental professionals and to highlight the need for expert leadership. You are the leaders that can implement and influence real change - time to showcase your crucial work.

Our plan - to showcase the work of biodiversity professionals and environmental professionals who interact with biodiversity, allowing cross-sector knowledge transfer opportunities and for aspiring professionals to gain valuable inspiration. We're encouraging multi-disciplinary approaches to creating long term, sustainable solutions for biodiversity to thrive.

Why is it important to build the awareness of the biodiversity challenge? Earlier this year, four Chartered Environmentalists gave their reaction to the biodiversity theme announcement for World Environment Day 2020, which highlights the need.

World Environment Day may have now passed, but we know that now is not the time to forget about the biodiversity and the importance it plays in our world and everyday lives. 

In short, we need to dedicate some serious...


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Get Involved

We are on the search for your biodiversity case studies to provide inspiration to other environmental professionals and those aspiring to play their part as a future environmental professional. We want you to show leadership in the biodiversity challenge. 

What are you doing to help biodiversity in your role? What skills are needed to be successful in your role? How does your work impact on biodiversity? What projects have you recently worked on benefiting biodiversity? It doesn't matter if the project or activity is established and ongoing or if you've introduced something having been inspired by the case studies below - we want to hear from you.

To be included in the biodiversity case studies and learning resources below:


1. Download the biodiversity case study template, here »

2. Fill in the gaps to tell us about your work

3. Return via email to the address provided

4. Keep an eye out for confirmation of publish and share using #30DaysWild and #ForNature

5. Check out the material below and continue learning



Why #30DaysWild and #ForNature?

We have joined forces with the Wildlife Trusts because of the clear links between the biodiversity World Environment Day global theme and their #30DaysWild campaign to get everyone doing one wild thing a day throughout the whole month of June. We want to add the voice of the environmental leaders to the conversation and inspire a wider audience using #ForNature.

The Wildlife Trusts have come up with some fantastic activities and inspiration for all to utilise to address nature challenges, and we wanted to help by getting you and your networks involved. 



The Need for Leadership

As a CEnv, REnvTech, MIEMA, CEcol, MICFor and/or many others, you have proven your competence within your discipline to a high level. Your proven expertise is needed to lead the way as a trusted professional on challenges such as biodiversity, if you specialise in the area.

Everyone and every sector needs to play their part in halting and reversing biodiversity decline, but we need biodiversity professionals to lead and guide this activity. A deep and through understanding of the natural world and its inter-relationships with other activities is key to understanding and thus our success in protecting and enhancing biodiversity. Biodiversity professionals cannot do this alone and need the input and collaboration of not only other environmental professionals but all sectors of society.



Upcoming Biodiversity Events

A variety of partner organisations are putting on some fantastic webinars in the coming days and weeks, providing excellent insight into the world of biodiversity. To find out about what's coming up, click here »

Keep scrolling to the next section for learning materials such as recorded webinars and lectures, as well as written materials.



Case Studies and Learning Opportunities

Insights from biodiversity professionals. An opportunity to learn and gain inspiration for future projects, initiatives and processes, as well as for future professionals to gain some valuable insight to plan their career pathway:

SocEnv Webinar Recording //  Chris Gerrard CEnv, Tom Gray CEnv, Kristina Arsenievich and Jason Reeves CEnv: Biodiversity In Practice: What Environmental Professionals Are Doing to Enhance their Environment »

SocEnv Webinar Recording // Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust: Engaging the Public on Biodiversity - Behaviour Change & Community Empowerment »

Blog //  Jason Reeves CEnv: World Environment Day 2020: Biodiversity »

Blog //  Nigel Sagar CEnv: Moving Biodiversity Forwards - A Blog Thought Piece For World Environment Day 2020 »

IEMA Transform Magazine: Biodiversity »

National Biodiversity Network: Biodiversity 2020 and the National Biodiversity Network at 20 »

Award Winners: The 2019 BIG Biodiversity Challenge Awards »


CIEEM In Practice Journals

CIEEM makes their journal open to the public after two years, there is a huge amount of information available in these publications that will be of interest to professionals and the public alike. Explore the journals here »

David Stubbs CEnv FCIEEM: From conservation biology to sporting mega events »

Wilma Harper CEnv: Biodiversity 2020 and the National Biodiversity Network at 20 »

Andrew Gladwin: BIG Biodiversity Champion 2019 »

Video // CIEEM Webinar: The Life and Times of a Consultant Ecologist »

Video // Steve Coles REnvTech: Steve's biodiversity role within the water sector. Discussed within "Why Become a Registered Environmental Technician (REnvTech) webinar »

SocEnv Podcast // Caroline Drummond CEnv MBE: Interviews with Environmental Professionals Biodiversity Special »


What do you need to become a biodiversity professional?

Ecology is the branch of biology concerned with relations of organisms to one another and their physical surroundings. Environmental management is the management of human interactions with the environment. There are general qualities, such as self-motivation, teamwork, computer literacy, and communicating/negotiating skills, which are necessary for most areas of work, but special qualities are needed for a successful career in ecology or environmental management. These skills include:

  • an interest in the natural world;
  • a knowledge of the functioning of natural systems;
  • good academic qualifications in biological or environmental subjects;
  • expertise in one or more groups of living organisms;
  • enjoyment of fieldwork;
  • the staying power needed to complete tedious and sometimes uncomfortable tasks in the field or laboratory; and
  • an ability to take an objective approach to conservation issues.

Find out more with CIEEM »



Linking Environmental Professionals to Organisations

The impact of an organisation as whole can be very damaging for biodiversity. For this reason, they need environmental professionals to support their efforts to reduce this impact.

To find out how they are doing this, visit the organisation section of our biodiversity hub »






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