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Paul De Zylva

Paul De Zylva

Chair, The National Park City Foundation
Paul de Zylva has devised and led action to protect and improve London’s environment including protecting south London’s open spaces from major road schemes and leading the campaign to save London’s top wildlife haven at Rainham Marshes from being turned into a drive-through service station. Most recently, Paul devised the successful Defend Nature campaign to counter threats to the laws protecting the most precious wild species and habitats in the UK and Europe. Paul also designed and led the award-winning Bee Cause campaign for Friends of the Earth. By catalysing action to reverse the decline of Britain’s 260+ species of bees and other vital pollinators Paul convened a new consensus for action across public, private, scientific and landowning sectors, persuading the UK Government to agree to draw up a National Pollinator Strategy. As a result, similar pollinator action plans have been adopted in Wales, Scotland and All-Ireland. Paul has served all three Mayors of London (Livingstone, Johnson, Khan) as a founding member of the London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) advising on how to make London a world class sustainable city. Paul chaired the LSDC in the transition from the Livingstone to Johnson Mayoralty and advised on making sustainability central to London’s winning bid to stage the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.