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KINSHIP CONSERVATION FELLOWS SYMPOSIUM FEATURES PAUL PORTNEY, ROBERT STAVINS, DONALD HEY, RICARDO BAYON, SARAH DAVIDSON AND PAUL FERRARO
Top speakers offer Fellows updates on market-based environmental thinking.
CHICAGO, IL, July 19, 2006 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- From Paul Portney's keynote address, titled Economics and Land Conservation: Confessions of a Schizophrenic, to Robert Stavins' provocative look Beyond the Kyoto Protocol: Getting Serious About Global Climate Change Policy, attendees at last weekend's Kinship Conservation Fellows Symposium in Park City, Utah were exposed to advanced thinking about market-based solutions to environmental issues.
Eric Raffini, a Fellow from the class of 2004 and Environmental Scientist with the EPA's Wetlands Regulatory Program in Southern California stated: "It was particularly interesting to hear Portney say that he feels that now, more than ever, 'there is a growing appreciation for the role of markets and economic incentives in environmentalism.' Also, Portney's take-home message of, 'marry the power of the market for the service of the environment' really gets at the heart of Kinship's mission of developing a community of leaders dedicated to applying market-based principles to environmental issues."
James Tolisano, recently appointed Director of Kinship Conservation Fellows, thought: "some Fellows were surprised by the stand Robert Stavins took. His cutting-edge ideas about global climate change policy stimulated discussion and challenged our thinking. Stavins is on the leading front of folks who are generating progressive thinking about ways to slow, stop and ultimately reverse global climate change."
In addition to Portney's and Stavins' presentations at the Symposium, Donald Hey explored Nutrient Farming: The Business of Environmental Management, while Ricardo Bayon, Sarah Davidson and Paul Ferraro each explored different perspectives on Markets and Payments for Ecosystem Services, then participated in a lively panel on the topic.
Christian Henry, a Fellow from the class of 2003 and Chief Financial Officer for the Island School in Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas, particularly enjoyed the panel discussion involving Ricardo Bayon from Ecosystem Marketplace. "In addition to the lively back and forth discussion-and disagreements-I came away realizing that it is possible to encourage people to do the right thing through markets, and there is money to be made there."
In lieu of hosting a month-long Fellows program this year, the Kinship Foundation organized the Park City Symposium to bring together Fellows from the classes of 2001-2005. The objective was to introduce Fellows from different classes to each other and to further the community of conservation leaders.
"Going into the Symposium, I don't think many of us really knew or thought much about the continuing 'fellowship' or 'community' aspect of being a Kinship Fellow," said Eric Raffini. "The symposium really brought to light the importance and positive benefits that come from becoming a member of that community."
In 2006, Kinship Conservation Fellows became the new name for the groundbreaking program that launched in 2001 as the Kinship Conservation Institute.
For more information about Kinship Conservation Fellows Visit: www.KinshipConservationFellows.org
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