Being able to associate with the work of Wetlands International is of interest to me because I am an ardent birdwatcher, and wetlands are important habitats for birds and other species. As an urban sustainability professional, I recognise that wetlands continue to play a key function in flood control in cities, especially where storm water drainage infrastructure is either outdated or non-existent. However, the rapid urbanisation rate is proving a threat to wetlands in cities because of inadequate spatial planning; the pressure for cities to expand human settlements and commercial development, and the increasing informal settlements. As an economist, I look forward to contributing to the work of Wetlands International by building the economic and business case for wetlands, especially targeting urban developers, the economic sector and business.
Hastings Chikoko has over 25 years’ experience in the sustainable development sector working in Africa and Switzerland. He is currently the Regional Director for Africa at C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; and General Manager for C40 Cities South Africa NPC. He serves on the Advisory Board of African Centre for Cities (University of Cape Town).
Hastings had a long career with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Africa and Switzerland; including being the Regional Director (ad Interim) for East and Southern Africa and Head of IUCN Southern Africa Hub in South Africa. He has also been one of the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) African Mentors for policy think-tanks in Africa, a member of the Regional Technical Committee for the Global Water Partnership (Southern Africa); a Board Member for Africa World Heritage Fund, and Advisory Board Member for the Responsible Business Forum.
He holds an MSc in Cities (London School of Economics (LSE), UK), an MSc in Strategic Management (University of Derby, UK), a Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Diplomacy – specialising in Green Economy (University of Geneva, Switzerland) and a Bsc in Economics (University of Malawi).