Rethinking protected areas in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic

14 Nov 2020

HOST: German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The zoonotic origins of COVID 19 and countries’ reactions to the pandemic raise important questions about the future of protected areas. First, does the threat of virus spillover events after all call for a stricter separation of nature and people despite all justified criticism of fortress conservation approaches? Second, how can conservation funding cope with dumps in international wildlife tourism? We will discuss these questions in the format of a digital roundtable with experts in protected areas from different backgrounds. We will include practical examples of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on protected areas and aim to provide policy-oriented conclusions that could feed into the protected areas work at the upcoming IUCN World Conservation Congress and CBD COP 15.

  • German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)


  • Anna Spenceley

    Board Member, Global Sustainable Tourism Council

  • Adrian Martin

    Professor, School of International Development, University of East Anglia

  • Herbert Lust

    Senior Vice President of Global Public Partnerships and Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Conservation International Europe

  • Maricela Fernández

    Indigenous Cabécar leader