Openlands Director of Land Preservation Receives Kinship Conservation Fellowship

May 21, 2015

Emy Brawley, Openlands Director of Land Preservation, has been accepted as a 2015 Kinship Conservation Fellow. A Chicago based organization, Kinship Conservation Fellows are practitioners with an interest in market-based conservation principles and a demonstrated commitment to leadership. The 18 Fellows from 2015 will spend one month together in Bellingham, Washington, and will travel from 11 countries including Argentina, Bhutan, Canada, India, Madagascar, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, The United States, and Vietnam. 

Emy's project centers on exploring market-driven strategies for farmland protection within the greater Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge area, with an eye towards accessing investment capital to reach scale.  “Kinship Conservation Fellows believes that collaboration is the key to solving environmental problems,” said Nigel Asquith, Director of Kinship Conservation Fellows and Director of Strategy and Policy at Fundación Natura Bolivia. “Kinship’s peer-to-peer learning focus will guide this cohort as they tackle real-life challenges, from environmental impact bonds and consumer-supported futures for marine conservation in Mexico to exploring market-based solutions to manage human-wildlife conflict in rural Bhutan. Kinship faculty and I look forward to helping Fellows advance their use of market-based tools for conservation and hone their leadership skills during the upcoming program.”

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