The Nature Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein – who leads the Conservancy’s program for utilizing nature to help people prepare for and adapt to climate change – has been selected by the U.S. Department of State to serve as a senior fellow for the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA).
The ECPA, created by President Obama in 2009, is a regional partnership of governments in the western hemisphere designed to promote clean energy, advance energy security, fight energy poverty, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, support strategies for sustainable landscapes and build capacity for climate change adaptation.
Lowenstein acknowledged that there have been a lot of requests coming from Latin America for assistance with adaptation planning and implementation. Through this fellowship, Lowenstein will have the opportunity to help these countries move forward their strategies for helping people and nature prepare for and adapt to climate changes we’re experiencing now and will be experiencing in the future.
Lowenstein will serve alongside a select number of fellows from the academic, non-profit and private sectors to provide guidance to governments in the region on topics ranging from policy to on-the-ground program design and implementation.
Over the course of his fellowship, Lowenstein will share some of his stories, thoughts and experiences through Planet Change.
Oh, and (now for something different), check out Lowenstein talking about real vs. fake Christmas trees last winter on MSNBC.
Matt Barrett is a communications manager and blogger at The Nature Conservancy
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