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

Dispatch From Bonn: A Pathway to REDD Success

June 4th, 2009
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BONN, Germany — The Nature Conservancy’s forest carbon team hosted an event here at the Bonn climate talks this week to present an innovative proposal on how to reduce emissions from global deforestation — a crucial part of effectively addressing climate change. I sat down with the team to get their perspectives on the proposal […] More

Dispatch from Bonn: Climate Talks Continue on Way to Copenhagen

June 1st, 2009
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Round Two in the 2009 climate negotiations is now underway in Bonn, Germany from June 1-12 (known among climaticos as “Bonn II,” because Round One was held here in March). I am part of a small team from The Nature Conservancy that is here to push forward on our objectives for a new global climate […] More

U.S. and International Climate Negotiations: The View from Europe

May 28th, 2009
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Sascha Müller-Kraenner, The Nature Conservancy’s senior policy advisor in Europe, always has a fresh perspective on conservation issues from across the pond. Below he discusses why it’s so important for the United States to be fully engaged in international climate change discussions and how Europeans view the latest developments on climate change legislation. By Sascha […] More

An Unprecedented Opportunity for Oceans

May 18th, 2009
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Friday’s emails here at the Conservancy were swirling with excitement about what some have called “one of the most important conservation advances of all time” — the Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries, and Food Security (CTI). And I have to agree with that enthusiastic assessment. When have we ever heard of six governments […] More

Conservation by Convention Center

May 8th, 2009
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Not all conservationists are in the jungle discovering new species and measuring tree cover, or counting reef species in crystal clear tropical seas. Some make the biggest difference in conference rooms. More

Recognizing People as Well as Forest Carbon

April 30th, 2009
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Last week, leaders from around the world gathered in Alaska at the Indigenous Peoples Global Summit on Climate Change to form a strategy around their participation in December’s UN climate change meeting in Copenhagen and discuss how various communities are adapting to climate change. The meeting coincides with a growing concern that indigenous communities are […] More

Nature Conservation + Renewable Energy = Personal Action

April 21st, 2009
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Renewable energy is most definitely not my area of expertise. Nor is conservation planning for that matter. But recent news, developments and blog posts by colleagues who know more have me thinking. The issue is how to make room for all the new renewable energy we will need to move to a low-carbon economy, in […] More

What Our Public Demands

April 10th, 2009
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It’s seemed a pretty good couple of weeks for those who have hoped for a new era of climate-change action by the new U.S. administration and Congress. And given where the United States is coming from, it has been. Todd Stern (the U.S. special envoy on climate change) put the United States firmly back in […] More

When the Feds Set the Standards for Green Behavior

April 7th, 2009
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Keith Johnson over at Environmental Capital has uncovered some of the critical details within the Waxman-Markey draft climate legislation. Commenting about some of the minutia addressed in the draft bill, he says: Reflecting perhaps California’s disproportionate influence in Congress these days — Henry Waxman is the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee — […] More

Building a Climate Change House of Cards

April 3rd, 2009
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If you don’t know what Copenhagen and climate change have to do with each other, you’ve got some reading to do. If you do know, you may be hoping that we are finally on track for a new-and-improved global climate change agreement that will take care of the problems that the Kyoto Protocol failed to […] More

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