2021 was another roller coaster. As the pandemic persisted into a second year, we all continued to feel its effects in different ways – personally, economically and mentally. For the most part, we have proven to be resilient, transforming our lives to adjust. We have learned that while environmental degradation increases the risk of such events and was a likely contributor of COVID-19, we have an incredible capacity to change.
As the impacts of climate change unfold, we recognise that environmental baselines are changing and there is a critical need for research, data, policy, management and dialogue. The increasing acceptance of both the financial risk of environmental degradation and the need to decarbonise and transition to a low carbon economy is fundamental to addressing the environmental challenges we face.
2021 was also a notable year of change for the Foundation itself. Lisa Genasci’s 15-year tenure as CEO came to an end as she joined ADM Capital to drive forward climate funds. Much of the work in 2021 is a result of her leadership, and while she will be sorely missed, Lisa remains part of the ADMCF family and is now one of our five board members.
Despite the challenges 2021 brought, we made significant progress in many areas, supported by old and new partners and a dedicated team working in Hong Kong and across the region. On behalf of myself and the rest of the team at the Foundation, we look forward to the opportunities ahead in 2022, and continuing to work towards a healthier and more sustainable future.