Plenary I - Between Business, Climate and Biodiversity Protection

Tuesday, 17th April 2012

Although there might be several trade-offs, this section tries to reveal interconnections and potential synergies between climate change, business and biodiversity protection.


Marion Hammerl, President, Global Nature Fund

Marion Hammerl has been President of the Global Nature Fund since 2002 and the Director of the Lake Constance Foundation since 1997. Additionally she is co-founder of the ECOCAMPING Association (environmental management for camping sites) and member of the board of directors. She is the co-founder and actual president of the Spanish Foundation Fundación Global Nature in Madrid, co-founder of ECOTRANS-España. This organization is a Spanish member of the European network ECOTRANS (Network of organisations and experts in 12 European countries dealing with tourism and sustainability).
The Lake Constance Foundation is part of the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign that aims to strengthen private sector commitment for biodiversity and ecosystem services.


Karl Falkenberg, Director General, European Commission, DG Environment

Karl Falkenberg has a long experience as a negotiator in the European Commission. He started his career in the Commission as textiles negotiator, has dealt with international fisheries issues and since 1985 with the GATT. In 1990, he served as foreign policy advisor to EU President Jacques Delors, with particular focus on the German unification process. He was involved in the Uruguay Round negotiations and has been negotiating the telecommunications and financial services agreements in WTO. From 1997 to December 2000 he was in charge of the coordination of all WTO issues. In 2001 he was appointed Director in charge of sectoral trade policies and bilateral trade relations with North America, Japan, the Mediterranean area and the African, Caribbean and Pacific countries and in 2002 Director for Free trade agreements, Agricultural trade questions, ACP. From 2005 to 2008 he coordinated all bilateral trade policies as Deputy Director General. In January 2009, he took up the position of Director General of the Environment, covering the EU's environmental policy in both its domestic and international dimensions. Karl Falkenberg is a trained economist and journalist.

Gavin Neath, Senior Vice President Sustainability, Unilever

Gavin Neath is the Senior Vice President responsible for Unilever’s sustainability programmes around the world. He comes at the issue from a business perspective having previously been the Chairman of Unilever Foods in the UK and Lever Ponds in South Africa. He co-chairs the Global Consumer Goods Forum’s work on sustainability which has a strong focus on Deforestation. He was awarded the CBE for services to the Food Industry in 2007.


Hartmut Wurster, Executive Vice President Technology, UPM-Kymmene Corporation

Hartmut Wuster has a PhD and has been working for UPM-Kymmene Corporation since 2001. In January 2002 he became member of the board until 2008 where he was responsible for the global print magazine activities of the company. After 2008 he remained part of the board and became responsible for the company wide technology department. He is vice-president of the VDP (German Pulp and Paper Association) and president of the board of trustees of the PTS (Papiertechnische Stiftung or German Paper Technology Foundation). He is 56 years old and studied engineering at the Technical University Darmstadt in Germany.


Jochen Flasbarth, President, German Federal Environment Agency

Jochen Flasbarth is the President of the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA). He studied economics (with emphasis on transport), political science and philosophy in Münster and Bonn. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as chief editor at the publishing house Economica. From 1992 to 2003 he acted as President of the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). Before his appointment as President of the UBA by German Federal President Horst Köhler, he was the head of Directorate-General "Nature Conservation and Sustainable Use of Natural Resources” at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Since May 2009 Jochen Flasbarth has been the chairman of the Bureau to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
For many years he has been active in conservation and environmental policy including serving as a member of the executive board and committee of the German League for Nature and Environment (DNR), as a member of the supervisory board of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy as well as a founding board member of the Verkehrsclub Deutschland (an association for sustainable mobility) and Allianz pro Schiene (alliance for the promotion of rail transport).
He served as a member of the German Council for Sustainable Development and the National Committee for Sustainable Development.




17/18 April, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

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