January 19, 2018
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Global Nature Conservancy Leader to Discuss South American Conservation

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Chief Conservation Officer Bill Ginn

NORTHEAST HARBOR, Maine – The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Conservation Officer, Mainer Bill Ginn, will share his thoughts on the Conservancy’s work in the Southern Andes region of South America, August 11, at the Northeast Harbor Library.

WHEN: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Northeast Harbor Library, 1 Joy Road, Northeast Harbor, Maine

DETAILS: Free, no registration necessary.

“For thousands of years, the abundant lands and waters of the Southern Andes have sheltered an incredible diversity of life. This resource-rich region also sustains millions of people, a strong cultural heritage, and rapid economic expansion,” Ginn said.

Now that an economic boom pressures the historic balance of livelihoods and nature in the Southern Andes, the vast open spaces of Patagonia in southern Argentina fight advancing desertification, the world’s largest fishery in the Humboldt Current approaches collapse, and Chile’s fertile lands face water loss and deforestation. In a world of changing climates and increasing consumer demands, natural resources must be managed more effectively, he said.

“Today, from the seashores to the summits of the Andes, a growing community of businesses, governments and landowners are rallying to find innovative solutions to pressing environmental challenges,” Ginn said.

Patagonia conservation efforts

For example:
* In the Patagonian grasslands: Connecting the iconic gauchos with major clothing manufacturers to bring nature-friendly wool to international markets.
* Along the coasts of Chile and Peru: Partnering with fishermen to safeguard valuable marine resources as well their traditional livelihoods.
* In Chile and Argentinean Patagonia: Enabling the conservation of private lands while fostering a pioneering conservation ethic.
* The Valdivian Coastal Reserve, off Chile: Has engaged the community in the massive restoration of some of the world’s last temperate rainforests.
* In Mediterranean Chile: Working to protect key watersheds and create a water fund, a strategy that funds source water conservation by engaging downstream users.
* In Peru and Bolivia: Improving water security in close collaboration with indigenous communities.

Bill Ginn lives in Pownal, but works globally for The Nature Conservancy, serving as chief conservation officer, with involvement in conservation work across 32 countries in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Pacific, as well as North America. During his tenure with the Conservancy, Ginn has held a number of leadership roles in both domestic and global programs. In his previous role, as director of the Global Forest Partnership, he helped the Conservancy protect more than 3 million acres of forestland through dozens of innovative deals. Ginn is also the author of “Investing in Nature,” a book about engaging the private sector in conservation.

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have helped protect more than 1.5 million acres throughout Maine and nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org/maine.