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Webinar: Sustainable financing of protected areas – Public-private partnerships, the experience of Forever Costa Rica

June 25, 2020 | 12:00 PM | Online Webinar

Webinar: Thursday, June 25, 2020

12:00 – 1:30pm Washington D.C.

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Protected Area (PA) systems are globally considered as one of the most effective approaches for conservation and to tackle climate change, but they are facing ever increasing threats and chronic lack of critically needed financial resources. Current estimates suggest that expenditures for PAs are less than one third of what is needed in developing countries and half of what is required in developed countries (CBD High Level Panel, 2014). The lack of funds jeopardizes the possibility of effective management and threatens the conservation of remaining biodiversity hotspots and the livelihoods of millions of people. The ASL Working Group on Sustainable Finance is leading a three-part webinar series to showcase diverse and successful approaches to generate sustainable PA financing at scale.

Forever Costa Rica Association (FCR), a private independent conservation trust fund created in 2010, works in partnership with the Government’s National Service of Conservation Areas (SINAC) to finance and implement the country’s biodiversity conservation efforts and PA system. FCR will present its 10+ years’ experience pursuing the conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the evolution of its alliances with the private sector and civil society.



Adriana Moreira – Senior Environmental Specialist, Manager of the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, World Bank


Zdenka Piskulich – Director, Forever Costa Rica Association


Paulina Arroyo – Program Officer, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation



Zdenka Piskulich: Director of The Forever Costa Rica Association

Zdenka helped lead the Forever Costa Rica campaign and secure the first debt-for-nature-swap between the governments of Costa Rica and the United States of America. She previously worked for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for more than 13 years both as the Program Director for Costa Rica and as Director of the Private Lands Conservation Initiative. Today, Zdenka chairs the Latin American and the Caribbean Network of Environmental Funds (RedLAC). Zdenka is a lawyer and holds a Master’s degree in International Development from American University in Washington DC.


Paulina Arroyo: Program Officer for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Andes-Amazon Initiative

Paulina leads and manages the protected areas and indigenous lands grants portfolio in Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Peru. Paulina has a 15 plus year career dedicated to conservation and sustainable development issues, focused on local participation in parks and natural resources management. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at TNC for 10 years as Director of the Indigenous and Communal Lands Global Strategy. She is co-chair of the Funders of the Amazon Basin and member of the Women in Conservation advisory committee. Paulina holds a Master of Environmental Management degree from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, Canada.


Adriana Moreira: Senior Environmental Specialist of the World Bank

Adirana leads a series of large projects in Latin America, focusing on Brazil, Colombia and Mexico and is the coordinator of Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program. Biologist with a PhD in Ecology from the University of Harvard (USA), Adriana is an expert in environment and sustainable development, with over 20-year experience in natural resources management, rural development and climate change. Author and co-author of four books and dozens of scientific publications, she was a founder and the first president of the Institute for Amazonian Research (IPAM) and founder and board member of the Brazilian Women Leaders Network for Sustainability, which involves leaders from private sector, government and civil society. She has received the Chico Mendes Florestania Prize and the Pirelli International Award for her work on conservation and sustainable development of the Brazilian Amazon.



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