Conservation Innovation Update: 4th Qtr 2008

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Conservation Finance Forum:
Frontiers of Conservation Finance
December 10, 2008

~This event was hosted online.~

This 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 was moderated by Jim Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University, and features two experts (bios), Dr. Donald Hey and Dr. Bill Moomaw, who have both pioneered new approaches to ecosystems services and conservation finance.

Slides - View the slide presentation from Donald Hey.

Recording - View the multimedia recording of this event.

Resources - Links to resources related to this event.

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More on our panel:

Dr. Donald Hey is the President and Co-founder of The Wetlands Initiative based in Chicago. The Wetlands Initiative, with critical financing from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, is in the process of developing a remarkable nutrient farming pilot project. The water quality restoration effort, to be built on a 1,326 acre site near Hennepin, Illinois, will cost an estimated $44 million. In spearheading this project Don Hey has been a key advocate for market-based solutions to the problem of wetland loss, contending that only a solution that will pay for itself over time can be widely adopted across expansive watersheds such as the Mississippi Valley.

Dr. William Moomaw is Professor of International Environmental Policy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Director of the Tufts Climate Initiative (TCI). He was a coordinating lead author of the Year 2001 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change chapter on greenhouse gas emissions reduction, and was a lead author of three IPCC reports (1995 and 2007). As a leader in the IPCC process, Moomaw shares the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with IPCC colleages around the globe. In the past year, with collegues at Tufts and other universities, Moomaw has worked closely with the Dutch Government, the United Nations and the World Bank to devise a new international Forest Financing Mechanism that will contribute to the conservation of tropical forests. Bill shared his insights into the creation of the innovative financing package, as well as his thoughts on changing U.S. approaches to climate change.

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