Editor’s Note: Today’s post is excerpted from an Oct. 25 U.S. Department of State press release announcing next week’s trip to Peru by The Nature Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein as part of his fellowship with the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas. Stay tuned to Planet Change for updates about his travels and work with communities responding to the impacts of climate change.
Washington, D.C. – Frank Lowenstein, a Senior Fellow in the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA), will be traveling October 28 through November 1, 2012 to participate in meetings and events in Lima, Peru, including the InterCLIMA 2012 conference regarding climate change adaptation and risk management. Lowenstein works at The Nature Conservancy as the Climate Adaptation Strategy Leader.
The Senior ECPA Fellows program is a network of high-level technical experts in the fields of climate change and energy who travel between countries in the Western Hemisphere to consult with governments or other institutions. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Western Hemispheric Affairs and is administered by Partners of the Americas. There are currently 20 Senior ECPA Fellows who participate in these international exchanges. The main areas of focus for the program are: energy efficiency, renewable energy, energy infrastructure, energy poverty and access, sustainable forestry and land use, and climate change adaptation.
ECPA Fellow Lowenstein’s expertise in strategic planning and communications focuses on the areas of climate adaptation, forest conservation, and the prevention of invasive species. During his exchange to Peru, Mr. Lowenstein will present at the InterClima 2012 conference on watersheds scale approaches to maintaining water while reducing the impact of flooding.
In addition to meeting with NGOs and local stakeholders, Mr. Lowenstein will meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy, USAID, the Ministry of Agriculture, the Municipality of Lima, and the Peruvian National Meteorology and Hydrology Service. Furthermore, the Regional Environmental Office will record an interview with Mr. Lowenstein on the best practices of climate change adaptation integration in South America. Finally, Mr. Lowenstein will present on the latest global research regarding the acceleration of climate change at the University Antonio Ruiz de Montoya and the University Alas Peruanas.
Partners of the Americas is an international network that promotes social and economic development in the Americas through leadership, voluntary service, and development programs. Its mission is to connect individuals, volunteers, institutions, businesses, and communities to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. Partners envisions an interconnected hemisphere that maximizes the social and economic potential, and leverages the full diversity, of the Americas.
Lisa Hayden is a blogger for The Nature Conservancy
Featured Photo: © Connie Gelb/The Nature Conservancy (Quechua children at Wiloq in Peru, South America.)
Thumbnail photo: Frank Lowenstein, Adaptation Strategy Leader for The Nature Conservancy
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