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Forest Trends recasts preservation debate, emphasizes economic benefits of conservation

February 23, 2015
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The president of the Washington-based nonprofit Forest Trends is trying to recast the long-running debate between developers and environmentalists over how to preserve and profit from the world’s forests. This means emphasizing redefining conservation as something that deals with more than just ecology and also with economics and business development. “What we tried to do when we started Forest Trends was to say, ‘How can we flip that equation?’” said Mr. Jenkins in a recent interview. “How can we start to really develop the ways by which all of these additional, what we call ‘eco-system services,’ and functions that forests provide start to be real in terms of economic return.”