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Scaling up Investments in Watershed Services

Mountain Pavilion, Athlete's Park, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Investments in Watershed Services (IWS) represent a suite of tools that enable the protection of watersheds through sustainable finance, rewarding watershed stewards for the benefits realized downstream. This panel, moderated by Gabriel Quijandría, Vice Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resources at the Peruvian Ministry of Environment (MINAM), will highlight some of the most successful models and important insights culled from experience to date while exploring how IWS projects, programs, and policies can be integral components of sustainable development strategies, particularly for mountain communities.   
The panel will include:

  • Nigel Asquith, Director of Strategy and Policy, Fundación Natura Bolivia
  • Michael Bennett, Senior Advisor, Forest Trends, China 
  • Madhav Karki, Deputy Director General, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
  • Carlos Muñoz Piña, Director of Resource Economics, Forest Trends, Mexico 
  • Miguel Saravia, Executive Director, Consortium for the Sustainable Development of the Andean Ecoregion

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