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Lina Barrera

Senior Director, International Policy, Social and Environmental Governance

Location
U.S. (Colorado)
Languages
English, French, Spanish
My Latest Blogs on Human Nature

Lina Barrera

Senior Director, International Policy, Social and Environmental Governance

​Lina Barrera leads Conservation International’s engagement in international policy arenas that that impact Conservation International priorities, such as those related to climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. She works across the institution with field staff, scientists, and other experts to ensure that natural capital and its contribution to human well-being are fully considered in international policy decisions.

​​​Lina leads Conservation International's International Policy team, which is responsible for leading the development and implementation of our strategy to influence the content of the 2015 Paris climate agreement; the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and priorities and funding targets for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  She and her team work across the institution to develop targeted scientific and policy analysis, to provide technical and strategic support to national governments negotiating in international policy arenas and implementing resulting decisions at home, and to develop coalitions with other like-minded groups to advance Conservation International's policy objectives. Prior to taking on her role in International Policy, Lina spent four years providing strategic planning advice to Conservation International's Latin America programs. 

Lina completed undergraduate studies in environmental science and policy, with a focus on international relations (University of Florida, FL) and a Master's degree in geography with a focus on the overlaps between environment and development (University of Cambridge, UK). She is a native of Colombia, where she spent several months a year from the time her family moved to the US until her late teens and where her love of nature and awareness of the challenge of development were both nurtured. She is fascinated by the relationship between human society and the environment that ultimately sustains us.  Lina has also lived and conducted field work on Costa Rica's pacific coast and worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Coastal America program.​

​​​Lina leads Conservation International's International Policy team, which is responsible for leading the development and implementation of our strategy to influence the content of the 2015 Paris climate agreement; the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and priorities and funding targets for the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).  She and her team work across the institution to develop targeted scientific and policy analysis, to provide technical and strategic support to national governments negotiating in international policy arenas and implementing resulting decisions at home, and to develop coalitions with other like-minded groups to advance Conservation International's policy objectives. Prior to taking on her role in International Policy, Lina spent four years providing strategic planning advice to Conservation International's Latin America programs. 

Lina completed undergraduate studies in environmental science and policy, with a focus on international relations (University of Florida, FL) and a Master's degree in geography with a focus on the overlaps between environment and development (University of Cambridge, UK). She is a native of Colombia, where she spent several months a year from the time her family moved to the US until her late teens and where her love of nature and awareness of the challenge of development were both nurtured. She is fascinated by the relationship between human society and the environment that ultimately sustains us.  Lina has also lived and conducted field work on Costa Rica's pacific coast and worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Coastal America program.​

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Biodiversity Policy, Climate Policy, Ecosystem Services, Fresh Water, International Policy, Sustainable Development
Location
U.S. (Colorado)
Languages
English, French, Spanish
My Latest Blogs on Human Nature