Reforming Today’s Conservation and Environmental Policies for Tomorrow’s Scarcity (and Abundance)

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This RFF First Wednesday Seminar will feature the release of a new report from the Breakthrough Institute, Nature Unbound: Decoupling for Conservation, and discuss several of its key themes: how humans destroy nature, how they save nature, and what this implies for conservation. Panelists will discuss the following questions:

  • What has been learned from past instances of nature-sparing technological change?
  • In which ways can technology complement other efforts to halt biodiversity loss, including protected areas and payments for ecosystem services?
  • In looking further toward the future, can we assume the continued capacity to save nature by innovation?
  • How can economists, conservationists, policymakers, and others contribute to accelerating positive trends while dealing with inevitable trade-offs?


  • James W. Boyd, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth
  • Linus Blomqvist, Director of Conservation, The Breakthrough Institute
  • Jesse H. Ausubel, Director of the Program for the Human Environment, The Rockefeller University
  • Thomas Lovejoy, Senior Fellow, United Nations Foundation; and University Professor, George Mason University

A light lunch will be provided starting at 12:30 p.m

Individuals can also register for the event as a webcast.


RFF First Floor Conference Center
1616 P St. NW
Washington DC 20036

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