David Cleary

clearyDavid Cleary is the strategy director, agriculture for The Nature Conservancy. Cleary has a Ph.D. in anthropology from Oxford and taught at the University of Edinburgh, Cambridge University and Harvard University before joining the Conservancy a decade ago. He has lived in Brazil for 15 years and, as a soccer fanatic, is tormented by England's perennial football underachievement at the international level, although his wife is from Boston and the Red Sox provide him with a hopeful precedent.

David's Posts

Brazil’s Forest Code: Fact, Fiction and a Forecast

November 10th, 2011

Brazil's Forest Code and its rules on deforestation will soon be updated. David Cleary looks at both sides of the debate and makes a bold prediction about the most likely outcome. More

International Farmland Deals: Landgrab or Markets at Work?

October 7th, 2011

Oxfam released a report on "landgrabbing," the buying up of agricultural land by foreign investors. More

Amazon Deforestation and the Great Forest Code Debate

August 15th, 2011

Uncertainty over the new Forest Code rules is one factor leading to a bad year for deforestation. A new grant to The Nature Conservancy is one factor that should help combat it. More

What the Green Breakthrough in Brazil Means

October 8th, 2010

The loser in Brazil’s recent presidential election scores a win for the environment— our director of conservation strategies in South America explains. More

Amazon Deforestation: Crunch Time

September 3rd, 2010

Is there really a link between the economy and levels of deforestation in the Amazon? David Cleary, our director of conservation strategies in South America, looks at that relationship and some interesting trends in Brazil. More

James Cameron, Celebrity and How Not to Save the Amazon

May 20th, 2010

How can celebrities productively engage a cause? One case study how not to do it: James Cameron's recent protests in Brazil against a proposed new dam there, says the Conservancy's David Cleary. More

Good News on Amazon Deforestation….Maybe

March 8th, 2010

Deforestation rates in Brazil's Amazon dropped 45% last year over 2008's figures, continuing a five-year trend. But don't celebrate just yet, says the Conservancy's David Cleary. More

Oil and the Falklands: How Argentina Can Win the Argument

March 4th, 2010

The British have announced they will explore for oil in the Falkland Islands. David Cleary says that would pose a huge threat to some of Earth's richest marine habitats. More

Unpacking Brazil’s Copenhagen Commitments

December 2nd, 2009

In Brazil, we trust our politicians even less than you do north of the Rio Grande. With rather more reason: if there were an Olympics for stealing public money or deliberate deceit of the electorate, we could put out a gold medal team of politicos. When they speak, we don’t so much listen as look […] More

What Do the Olympics Mean for Rio’s Environment?

November 3rd, 2009

Naturally we in the Cidade Maravilhosa are delighted to have beaten out the Windy City and snatched the 2016 Olympics from under the nose of the not-quite-glamorous-enough First Couple of the United States: even Obama can’t compete with Copacabana when it comes to wowing Olympic committees. But now that the cheering has died down along […] More

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