Chrissy Schwinn

018cclimbinggrey_closeup1Chrissy Schwinn manages communications related to the Conservancy's international policy efforts -- including engagement in international environmental treaties on climate change (UNFCCC) and biodiversity (UNCBD). She started with the Conservancy in 2001 working in rural northwest China before taking a U.S.-based position promoting global issues including climate change, protected areas, marine and island conservation and others. From her travels and work in the developing world, Chrissy has a particular interest in the intersection between biodiversity, climate change and human development issues.

Chrissy's Posts

What Do Conservation and Policy Have to Do With Each Other?

August 13th, 2009

Here’s a guest post from Rane Cortez, one of The Nature Conservancy’s policy advisors on reducing emissions from deforestation, who is back in Bonn for more international climate negotiations. Rane Cortez: It seems like just yesterday that I was here for the “Bonn II” round of international climate negotiations earlier this year. When we came […] More

Climate Change Negotiations: What’s Next?

July 10th, 2009

With the G8 wrapping up climate change talks in Rome and failing to reach agreement with developing nations on near-term targets for emissions reductions, I talked to Duncan Marsh, the Conservancy’s director of international climate policy, about the agreements G8 nations were able to reach and what the meeting means for the future of international […] More

Climate Legislation: It’s Not Only About the United States

June 24th, 2009

Over and again we have heard the scientific evidence. Over and again we have seen the headlines of real or projected climate impacts. And most importantly, over and again we have seen with our own eyes how our climate is changing right in front of us. The time to act on climate change is now. […] More

Dispatches from Bonn: A Small Step Closer to Copenhagen

June 12th, 2009

The hallways are clearing out here on the last day of the UN climate negotiations in Bonn. Two weeks of negotiations and meetings have resulted in a long document, a lot of options and a lack of leadership. For the Conservancy, we’ve seen a couple of steps forward, and some steps back as well. On […] More

Dispatch from Bonn: Ecosystem-based Adaptation is In

June 12th, 2009

Here’s a second post submitted to by Trevor Sandwith, The Nature Conservancy’s Director of Global Protected Areas Policy. Adaptation: Something Old, Something New, Now Some Money is Also Due At the climate negotiations here in Bonn, the main discussions on adaptation have come to a close after a “second reading” of the draft negotiating […] More

Dispatch from Bonn: What Really Happens at These Meetings, Anyhow?

June 11th, 2009

Round Two in the 2009 climate negotiations is underway in Bonn, Germany. The Nature Conservancy has a small team here pushing forward on our objectives for a new global climate agreement that will be finalized this December in Copenhagen. Last week I outlined why we are here and what success means for The Nature Conservancy […] More

Dispatch from Bonn: Where Things Stand

June 10th, 2009

Here’s a Q&A with Duncan Marsh, the Conservancy’s director of international climate policy, on how things are progressing at the international discussions on climate change now going on in Bonn. Q: Where do we stand after this first week? Where should the focus be in the last few days? Duncan Marsh: There has been some […] More

Dispatch from Bonn: Training for REDD Helps Countries Get Ready

June 8th, 2009

Forest Carbon Policy Advisor Rane Cortez tells us about getting the world ready to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation through workshops and online trainings, and how these trainings relate to the climate negotiations underway now in Bonn: Here at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, there is a lot of talk about “getting ready […] More

Dispatches from Bonn: Forests and Emissions Reductions Cheaper than Palm Oil

June 6th, 2009

My colleague Karen Foerstel, associate director for policy and media relations, offers the following post on a new study linking forest carbon markets, emissions reductions, and economic development: A new study released this week clearly demonstrates a critical point we are pushing at the international climate negotiations here in Bonn: A global carbon market that […] More

Dispatch from Bonn: Keeping Nature in the Negotiations

June 5th, 2009

Trevor Sandwith — our team lead on adaptation at the ongoing international climate change discussions in Bonn — has penned a blog post on about a concept gaining momentum here called an ecosystem-based approach to adaptation. He says: It comes down to one basic principle everyone seems to agree on: ensuring that the world’s […] More

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