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Dear Friends,

The Paris Climate Agreement marked a historic moment in our collective fight against climate change. Since that time, and, particularly, at the recent COP in Marrakesh, countries have been working to frame their climate change pledges.

Considering these developments, how can land conservation organizations help their countries to meet their climate goals? Will the Paris Agreement lead to new funding sources? How should an organization start thinking about integrating carbon accounting into their projects? 


Join the International Land Conservation Network (ILCN) and carbon finance experts on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 11:00 am EST for a crash course on how land conservation organizations can engage in climate change adaption and mitigation within the framework of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Register for the webinar here.

This webinar, moderated by the Director of the ILCN, Laura Johnson, will feature presentations by Andrea Tuttle, consultant in forest and climate policy, and Rob Wilson, Director of Conservation Finance at the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Andrea and Rob will cover:
  • A  high-level overview of the Paris Climate Agreement;
  • How a land conservation project may fit into a country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs);
  • The basics of carbon markets, offsets, and third party verification; and
  • An example of a conservation project that included a carbon market framework to finance ongoing stewardship.
This is the first in an upcoming series of webinars that will explore the latest innovations in conservation finance, law and policy, organization and governance, and stewardship.

Space is limited, so please register in advance here.


Thank you, and we will be in touch with those of you who contact us soon! 
Andrea Tuttle is a former Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and now consults on forest and climate policy.  For the past decade she has attended the UNFCCC climate negotiations as an Observer for the Pacific Forest Trust, focusing on the development of REDD+ , the UN policy for reducing emissions from loss of tropical forests in developing countries. She was an early promoter of the Forest Protocols for California’s successful cap-and-trade program, which puts a price on carbon and includes forests as a compliance offset.  She has consulted in southeast Asia and China on sustainable forest management, and now chairs the board of the Pacific Forest Trust, a land trust that helps landowners stay on their land through working forest conservation easements.  She also serves on the board of the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, supporting working forests, new forest products and forest-reliant communities. 
Rob Wilson joined The Nature Conservancy of Canada (“NCC”) in 2007, after many years with The TD Bank Financial Group. Rob is the Director of Conservation Finance in the New Conservation Strategies group at NCC and is responsible for managing NCC’s carbon finance program and conservation offset activities, in addition to various other new conservation initiatives. NCC runs a major forest carbon project on the Darkwoods conservation lands, NCC’s largest conservation project located in southern British Columbia. Rob is a member of the Ontario Forest Carbon Policy Technical Working Group and also sits on the Verification Committee of the Canadian Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.  Rob is involved in a number of large-scale, land conservation programs in his work at NCC.

Rob holds an undergraduate degree in political science and economics from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Rotman School of Management.  Rob is also an active member of the University of Toronto’s School of the Environment Finance Advisory Committee.  His interest is in creative conservation and climate finance in order to mobilize capital to further conservation efforts across Canada and globally.  

The Nature Conservancy of Canada ranks as Canada’s largest land conservation charity, having protected more than 2.8 million acres (1.1 million hectares) of lands across Canada.

Laura Johnson (moderator) is a life-long conservationist with more than 30 years experience in non-profit management. She is currently a fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge MA, and is the director of the International Land Conservation Network. Laura is a past president of Mass Audubon where she spent 14 years leading the oldest and largest independent state Audubon organization in the US. Prior to joining Mass Audubon, she worked for 16 years at The Nature Conservancy working both as a lawyer and in positions including Massachusetts state director and northeast region vice president. Laura is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Land Trust Alliance. She is also an Overseer of WGBH, on the Board of Advisors of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), on the Board of Visitors of Mount Auburn Cemetery, and a Corporation member of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute. Laura served for 8 years as a founding member of the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Stewardship Council. Laura received a BA in history from Harvard, and a JD from NYU Law School. From 2013-2014 she was a Bullard Fellow at the Harvard Forest, Harvard University where she completed a study on private land conservation efforts around the world.
The mission of the International Land Conservation Network is to connect organizations and people around the world that are accelerating voluntary private and civic sector action that protects and stewards land and water resources. 
Learn more at landconservationnetwork.org.

 
   
The ILCN in a project of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.
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