Coming soon to our website is the WDHOF Conservation corner where we highlight some of the amazing women and exciting projects happening to conserve our underwater world. Our underwater world makes up more than 70% of the earth and supports all of life on the planet. Today, the water world is in jeopardy from threats such as over exploitation, species loss, pollution, and climate change. However, there are many WDHOF women who are working to support protect and sustain our spectacular aquatic ecosystems such as coral reefs, kelp forests, rivers, and estuaries. Many of our WDHOF inductees, associates, and scholarship winners are protecting endangered species, combating habitat loss, fighting pollution and invasive species as well as playing key roles in the training and education of divers around the world. Learn more here about what WDHOF is doing about aquatic conservation at the WDHOF Conservation Corner of our website.
WDHOF 2023 Scholarship Awardee, Sarani Ranaweera attended the COP28 in Dubai Nov/Dec 2023.
The COP28 UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates, was the biggest of its kind. Some 85,000 participants, including more than 150 Heads of State and Government, were among the representatives of national delegations, civil society, business, Indigenous Peoples, youth, philanthropy, and international organizations in attendance at the Conference from 30 November to 13 December 2023.
Sarani Ranaweera participated as a panelist in the discussion on "Fostering Equitable Just Transitions Through Nature-Based Solutions." She shared her insights with the experience and lessons learned from her coral restoration and conservation project that was helped through funding from award of the Susan L. Williams Memorial Fellowships in Coral Rehabilitation.
Sarani's COP28 reflections can be read here.