Property and Environment Research Center Blog It is officially summer and that means PERC is welcoming dozens of visiting fellows ranging from scholars and students to journalists and entrepreneurs. Last week we welcomed Richard Rice, the co-founder and president of the Conservation Agreement Fund—a nonprofit whose mission is to protect globally significant areas through incentive-based conservation agreements.…

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CAF Co-founder and President Richard Rice was recently interviewed by Daniel Botkin for his Renegade Naturalist Radio series. The two discussed the Conservation Agreement Fund’s unique approach to conservation and land protection, through conservation agreements. Listen to or Download the podcast (Duration: 17:20 — 12.0MB). Right click the link and select “Save As” to download View the…

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Co-Founder and Chairman of the Board, Conservation Agreement Fund Scott Cecil is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Conservation Agreement Fund. Scott, through several ventures has been instrumental in funding the Upper Essequibo Conservation Concession (UECC) in Guyana since 2006 when he first read an article about conservation agreements authored by Dr. Richard Rice. Because…

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Trustee, Maasailand Preservation Trust, Kenya Tom Hill received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas and an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. His career as a business and social entrepreneur spans more than forty years. He assisted Dr. Donald Johanson in founding the Institute of Human Origins (now at…

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Senior Economist, Conservation Strategy Fund Aaron is Senior Economist at Conservation Strategy Fund. He has worked for 20 years leading conservation projects and research in developing countries, with a focus on the benefits and costs of protected areas, ecosystem service valuation, development planning, and conservation performance agreements. He holds a Master in Public Policy degree…

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Senior Consultant, EcoAdvisors Dr. Eduard Niesten serves as Senior Consultant with boutique conservation services firm EcoAdvisors. Throughout his career he has focused on designing effective conservation approaches with a particular interest in direct incentives and sustainable finance. Before joining EcoAdvisors, he spent 14 years at Conservation International designing, implementing and evaluating incentive-based interventions that advanced conservation…

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Chief Program Officer, Nia Tero Dr. Chris Filardi is a research scientist by training with 30 years’ experience in building grassroots partnerships with indigenous peoples to sustain thriving natural systems within their territories. Chris has helped establish community-based wildlife reserves in Papua New Guinea and has facilitated strategies for customary protected areas in the Solomon…

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Co-Founder and President, Conservation Agreement Fund Dr. Richard Rice has over 25 years experience in natural resource and public policy analysis, most recently at Conservation International where he served as chief economist. While at Conservation International, he conducted extensive research on the costs and effectiveness of different approaches to biodiversity conservation in the tropics and…

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By CHRIS FILARDI Photo by Fred Oliver We left Kolombangara on our first clear morning. By midday, gushing rain transformed the lower-elevation forests into torrents of braided streams that formed and reticulated as we wandered, obliterating all signs of our passage. What little there was of a trail was gone, turned streambed. So we just went…

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By CHRIS FILARDI Kolombangara peregrine country. Photo by Patrick Pikacha Friday, Oct. 15 Waking at 1,600 meters in the Solomons is like waking in the clouds. Cloud days begin with a vigil of sorts: a slow and deliberate ascent up a ladderlike trail through the tangles to a perch that hangs out into the gloaming heart…

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