Dr. Chunquan Zhu, Head of Nature Initiatives & TFA, China. WEF Beijing Representative Office.
Most recently Dr. Chunquan Zhu served as the IUCN Country Representative for China. Among his accomplishments are the initiation and development of a new concept of Gross Ecosystem Product (GEP), the pilot testing of the national park and protected area systems in China, and the initiation of FSC certification in the country. Chunquan’s experience will enable him to better support and build the Nature Initiative & TFA community, as well as to develop a Business Coalition for Ecological Civilization in China.
Dr. Chunquan Zhu is a dedicated research scientist and conservationist in China, where he has gained a high profile in the forestry and nature conservation sectors. During the course of his career, he has accumulated a broad range of experience in research, programme management, fundraising, government liaison, policy advocacy, corporate partnerships and institutional development initiatives. Since 2012, he has served as the IUCN Country Representative for China. He was the Conservation Director and Director of Forest Programme of WWF China from 2000 to 2012, a Research Professor of Chinese Academy of Forestry since 1997.
Dr. Chunquan Zhu received his doctor’s degree in ecology from Northeast Forestry University in 1991, and had overseas studies as the FAO research fellow in Canada, Belgium, UK and work experience at WWF US in DC. He was appointed as the guest researcher of National Ecological Key Laboratory of Chinese Academy of Science in 2005. He has worked with an exceptionally diverse range of organizations during his career, including local community groups, research institutions, Chinese government bodies at various levels, international organizations, the media, NGOs, donor agencies and private sector companies.
More than half of global GDP, around $44 trillion of economic value, is dependent on nature, we must acknowledge the economic value of an ecosystems.
Biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history. This decline is also eroding the foundations of our economies.
China has committed to reducing global deforestation by 2030 and as president of United Nations Biodiversity Conference it can drive responsible forestry efforts forward
A focus on nature could provide opportunities to recover from this pandemic, as well as prevent future such crises.