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The panelists, Story Clark and Rafael Asenjo, talked about the state of conservation finance in the U.S., Chile and across the Western Hemisphere.  They also discussed the upcoming conference on Conservation Capital in the Americas, to be held in January 2009 in Valdivia, Chile.

Both Clark and Asenjo were evaluators in an essay competition that was to be held in advance of the conference.  Students selected through an essay contest were to be offered scholarships to the January event in Chile.

This event was part of an ongoing 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.

Story Clark - A consultant specializing in land conservation strategy and finance, who advises conservation organizations and foundations in the Rocky Mountain Region and elsewhere. She has worked in land conservation and land use planning for over 30 years in association with, for example, the Jackson Hole Land Trust, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. Her insight into land and its protection also comes from here experience as a county planner for Teton County, Wyoming.

Ms. Clark currently serves on boards or advisory boards that include: the American Conservation Association, Conservation International, Ruckelshaus Institute for Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, the Wyoming Stockgrowers Agricultural Land Trust, the Tuckernuck Land Trust, and the Lady Bird Johnson Award Jury. She recently retired from the boards of the Land Trust Alliance and the Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University.

Rafael Asenjo - A lawyer who has had an essential role in crafting the current framework for environmental management in Chile. He actively participated in the creation of the nation's current 19.400 Environmental Legislation. He then was appointed as the first Executive Director of the Chilean National Commission for the Environment. Mr. Asenjo then became a senior United Nations official, working out of New York and Rome, who had principal responsibilities for the the management of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) established by the UN and the World Bank. He has since then returned to Chile to direct a $25 million project that is charged with re-organizing Chile's public-private, marine and terrestrial, protected areas system. A critical challenge associated with this effort is the need to ensure the financial sustainability of an integrated system of protected areas in Chile.    

Resources:

Conservation Finance Forum - a collaborative initiative which aims to bring together information resources and a community of practice around the topic of conservation finance.

     - Conservation Capital in the Americas Conference in January 2009 and associated Student Competition

Global Environment Facility - a global partnership among 178 countries, international institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the private sector to address global environmental issues while supporting national sustainable development initiatives.

Story Clark's website - Story Clark is the author of "A Field Guide to Conservation Finance," an accessible, hands-on guide to finding money to conserve land and water.

 

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