Charles Bedford

Charles Bedford is the Regional Managing Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific Region. Before moving to Beijing, Charles was director of the Conservancy Colorado’s program, managing 70 employees as well as an annual operating budget of $8M and an annual capital budget of $8-40M. Charles led efforts for the creation of the Great Sand Dunes National Park — the newest national park in the U.S. Before joining the Conservancy, Charles was Director of the Colorado State Land Board, where he led management of three million acres of state lands; Legal Counsel and Environmental Policy advisor to Colorado Governor Roy Romer; campaign manager for a U.S. Senate candidate; and attorney with the law firm of Kutak Rock in Denver. Charles grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado. He attended college at Georgetown University and holds a juris doctor from the University of Colorado School of Law.

Charles's Posts

Celebrating 5 Years in Mongolia

September 16th, 2013

Charles Bedford has been going to Mongolia for many years and we recently caught up with him after his most recent visit to attend the Mongolia Green Development Conference in UlaanBaatar, a conference held to mark the 5th anniversary of the Conservancy’s Mongolia program. More

Two Villages: Notes from the Climate Change Frontline in Papua New Guinea

April 17th, 2013

Charles Bedford visits two small villages in Papua New Guinea where climate change is already changing lives — and communities are already adapting. More

Hong Kong and Conservation in the Urban Jungle

February 11th, 2013

Charles Bedford, Director of The Nature Conservancy's Asia-Pacific region, explains why conserving nature in Hong Kong is a bigger issue than you might think. More

Be It Resolved: Giving Thanks to Palau

November 30th, 2012

After Palau's National Congress honored the Conservancy with a resolution of thanks, our Charles Bedford drafted a resolution of his own. More

Huge Step for Conservation in Mongolia

July 18th, 2012

The Mongolian government recently made an enormous contribution to conservation by protecting 3.7 million acres of land across the country. More

Bridging the Gulf Between the Yangtze and Mississippi Rivers

May 21st, 2012

The Mississippi and Yangtze rivers now have more in common than you might think. Charles Bedford explains how a new partnership is connecting China and the U.S. More

Xin Nian Kuai Le! (Happy New Year!)

January 20th, 2012

Find out 5 reasons why the Conservancy had a great Year of the Rabbit and why the Year of the Dragon could be even better for conservation in China. More

ChinAfricAmericAsia: Conservation Beyond Borders

October 19th, 2011

Charles Bedford looks at how we're planning on advancing conservation in China with an ambitious new initiative called Conservation Beyond Borders. More

Dammed If We Don’t

July 7th, 2011

Roughly 400 million people live along the Yangtze. A massive dam was one factor leading to major fish die off, but now the dam's operators are taking steps to benefit nature. More

Improbable Pandas

June 2nd, 2011

A rare sighting of a giant panda leaves our deputy director in China breathless. More

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