June 7, 2021

Arlington, VA (June 7, 2021) – Conservation International today announced Bambi Semroc as the new senior vice president of the organization’s Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters. She has served as the Center’s acting senior vice president since its creation in June 2020. In this role, Semroc will continue to oversee the Conservation International’s work on nature-based development and sustainable agriculture in critical ecosystems around the world.

The Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters bridges the interests of businesses, governments and communities in order to meet global Sustainable Development Goals over the next decade. The Center works with public- and private-sector partners to establish sustainable, nature-based development practices that conserve biodiversity and freshwater resources at scale. The Center has developed multiple sustainable production models with these partners that drive adoption of nature-based practices and provide tangible benefits to local communities.

In her role at Conservation International, Semroc guides retail and consumer goods companies in setting nature-positive sustainability benchmarks and in modifying their supply chains with biodiversity and natural resources in mind. During her year leading the Center on an acting basis, Semroc also led Conservation International’s Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a sector-wide effort to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product drawing 165 international partners to date.

“Our planet is facing massive rates of species extinction, climate change and deforestation. These interconnected crises require us to transform how we as a society relate to nature at a scale and pace that is unprecedented. Conservation International has worked for decades to address these issues in the most critical landcapes and seascapes. We have the science and partnerships to change this trajectory. I’m thrilled to continue the important, next-generation work of the Center for Sustainable Lands and Waters to advance a nature-positive agenda for agriculture and community development,” said Semroc.

“Throughout my 20 years at Conservation International I have seen how our culture of innovation can significantly advance the conservation and development agenda. I’m so proud of the partnerships our team has built in only one year since the Center’s creation – they really showcase how many organizations are committed to making decisions that are better for business, the planet and communities around the world,” she said. 

Semroc began her career at Conservation International as an intern in 1996 and has served in a wide range of sustainable production-focused roles during her tenure at the organization. 


About Conservation International Conservation International works to protect the critical benefits that nature provides to people. Through science, partnerships and fieldwork, Conservation International is driving innovation and investments in nature-based solutions to the climate crisis, supporting protections for critical habitats, and fostering economic development that is grounded in the conservation of nature. Conservation International works in 30 countries around the world, empowering societies at all levels to create a cleaner, healthier and more sustainable planet. Follow Conservation International's work on Conservation NewsFacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.