Conservation Innovation Update: 1st Qtr 2008

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Conservation Finance Forum:
Conservation Philanthropy
February 27, 2008

~This was an online event.~

The forum was moderated by Jim Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University. The panel (bios) included:

  • Tom Curren- Project Director, Northeast Land Trust Consortium, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts
  • Gowher Rizvi - Director, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Harvard Kennedy School
  • Matt Zieper - Conservation Finance Program at the Trust for Public Land (Mr. Zieper joined the panel for Q&A)

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This event focused on new directions in conservation philanthropy in the United States and internationally. Innovation in conservation philanthropy has long helped to shape the ambitions and agendas of land and biodiversity conservation practitioners at local, regional, national and international levels.

Our two guests shed light on how new philanthropic initiatives can and do stimulate activity and set important national and international precedents in the field.

Two cases in point, among others, were discussed. The first was the impact that the newly launched Northeast Land Trust Consortium, an initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts, is having - and hopes to have in the future - on the success and momentum of land conservation projects from Pennsylvania to Maine. The second focused on the critical need for philanthropies to focus attention on the potentially immense impacts that climate change and ongoing coastal urbanization may have on people and natural resources in developing nations such as Bangladesh and India.

This online event was the next in a series hosted by the Conservation Finance Innovation Network (with assistance from the Government Innovators Network), highlighting several topics of keen interest to the U.S. and international conservation communities. Ample time was allocated for audience Q&A.

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