Prior to joining ADB, Francesco worked for about ten years as a researcher focusing on the impact of environmental contamination on natural ecosystems and wildlife. After leaving academia, he has worked as an environment and ecology consultant in several projects around Asia, including renewable energy plants, large coastal infrastructures, and natural resources development and protection. He is a passionate underwater and wildlife photographer. Some of his photos have been published in international magazines and papers.
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New technologies in water treatment systems, as well as other measures, are needed to better understand the problem of pharmaceutical contamination of Asia’s rivers.
For sustainable development, universal wellbeing should be the goal, rather than endless growth. Minimizing further growth in human populations is only part of the solution, but an essential part.
Marine protected areas are a powerful way to allow ocean life to rebound while at the same time supporting tourism, local communities and sustainable fishing
It’s time to re-examine the actions we take to exterminate the wild animals and plants we need to survive, and start using stronger measures to protect them.