Conservation Innovation Update: 1st Qtr 2009

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Conservation Finance Forum:
Students as Conservation Finance Catalysts
March 18, 2009

~This was an online event.~

The conversation was hosted by Jim Levitt (Harvard Forest, Harvard University). The student presenters (read their papers; read their bios) include:

  • Jude Wu (slides) - second-year student at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies who presented a paper on conservation finance intermediaries at the conference
  • Blair Braverman (slides) - a sophomore environmental policy student at Colby College who presented a paper on the conservation impact of Alaska's Iditarod Trail
  • Chris Larson (slides) - a Yale School of Management student focusing on private investment in agricultural landsDavid Lewis - a Harvard School of Design student who studies green building and sustainable real estate finance

Recording (main); Recording (Iditarod) - View the full archived multimedia presenation of this event. Note: Due to technical difficulties, the presentation on the Iditarod trail is offered as a separate recording.

Resources - Links to resources related to this event.

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This online event was the next in a series hosted by the Conservation Finance Forum (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.

This discussion featured four student participants who had recently returned from the conference on Conservation Capital in the Americas, held in January 2009 in Valdivia, Chile. These young people were among the thirty students who attended the conference from North, Central and South America.

The thirty students who attended the conference—comprising about one-fourth of the participants, who came from the public, private, nonprofit and academic sectors—represented 17 diverse academic institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Oxford, Duke, the University of Montana, Colby College in Maine, the Universidad Austral de Chile, the Unversidad Pacifico in Peru, and the Univesidad del Valle in Colombia.

The student guests on this broadcast, representing both undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States, considered the significance of the meeting in Valdivia, and the potential of the innovations discussed there to have a lasting impact on the practice of land and biodiversity conservation across the Western Hemisphere.

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