A&WMA ONLINE: July 2020 Monthly Meeting – Sandboxing Nature

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Date(s) - 07/23/2020
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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10:30 am – Presentation via WebEx

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Sandboxing Nature:

Around the world, a flexible and fast testing ground for innovations, called a “regulatory sandbox,” is opening the door to speedier adoption of new technology in areas of regulation and economic activity. We propose applying the regulatory sandbox to conservation. Developing a regulatory sandbox for nature is about recognizing where a potentially successful solution to a conservation issue is repeatedly impeded by a regulatory barrier and then creating the space to test solutions outside the normal regulatory structure. Sharing lessons learned and changing policy to support innovation and creativity are potential outcomes of developing a sandbox for nature.

Phoebe Higgins, Director of Markets, Environmental Policy Innovation Center

As Director of Markets for Environmental Policy Innovation Center, Phoebe works on expanding the use of environmental markets and data technology to speed up and scale up conservation. She is currently developing policy recommendations for private land conservation in the Midwest and researching new data technology tools that reduce environmental impacts from power utilities.

Phoebe previously worked at Environmental Defense Fund, where she directed the California Fisheries Fund, an award-winning $3.5-million revolving loan fund financing sustainable commercial fishing on the US West Coast. She helped commercial fishing operations improve their business efficiency while reducing environmental impacts and financed California’s first fishing quota banks.

A foodie and travel enthusiast, she has learned how to make more than 20 styles of Italian pasta by hand. She holds a BA in Russian Studies from Carleton College and a Green MBA in Sustainable Entrepreneurship from Dominican University of California.


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