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Description:

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 features two experts, Dr. Donald Hey and Dr. Bill Moomaw, who have both pioneered new approaches to ecosystems services and conservation finance.

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.

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.

The Wetlands Initiative - A nonprofit corporation dedicated to restoring the wetland resources of the Midwest to improve water quality, increase wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and reduce flood damages.

Forest Financing Mechanism - (Tufts paper) Report outlines a way to expand the current approach to mobilize global forest financing as well as to establish an innovative, effective and efficient Forest Financing Mechanism.  This initiative was conceived and funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature,
and Food Quality.

The Archbold PDF on the Florida Ranchlands Environmental Services Program (FRESP)

Resources For the Future (RFF) - their webpage on FRESP

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