Laura Meinecke

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In Laura Meinecke a taste for research and making new discoveries goes hand in hand with a keen desire to get mankind to live in harmony with nature. Her interest in how species conservation is managed in other parts of the world was already apparent during her studies for a Masters in international nature conservation. For her final dissertation, Laura conducted research into the conflicts between man and wild animals in Iran and after her studies she travelled around the Caucasus and central Asia for NABU (Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union) and then worked for GIZ (The German Society for International Cooperation) on the improved management of conservation areas in Ethiopia.

Since 2019, the well-travelled environmental scientist has been working for EuroNatur. Together with Anne Katrin Heinrichs, Laura is responsible for the continued development of the European Green Belt. This ambitious project to conserve nature not only joins up a variety of different ecosystems from Finland to Greece but also brings together people with very different mind-sets and approaches to nature conservation. This presents Berlin-born Laura with a fascinating challenge.

She says herself: “The European Green Belt shows us how little impression state borders make on nature. I am fascinated by the way the flora and fauna have evolved over such a large area in the shadow of the Iron Curtain. I would like to play a part in building a future for an ecological and peaceful Europe with the Green Belt.”

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