Watch the Symposium recordings!

In 2022, the symposium focused on transboundary conservation, specifically across the US-Mexico border, which spans nearly 2,000 miles across six distinct ecoregions and shapes a landscape that is home to more than 15 million people. The region represents a unique opportunity to explore how to improve conservation outcomes for both people and ecosystems – and how to do so in the context of multinational, transboundary collaboration. The symposium explored:

  • Opportunities for, and barriers to, effective conservation in Mexico and the border region
  • Climate change impacts on ecological and human communities
  • How to balance cultural needs, sustainable economic development, security, and the health of natural systems
  • The role of Indigenous leadership in conservation
  • How the region’s distinct history and biogeography offer insights and learnings for other parts of North America
  • And more!

Watch the recordings from Thursday and Friday.



Past Symposia:

  • 2021: Next steps for the Biden administration’s America the Beautiful initiative
  • 2020: North American cities enhancing natural systems to improve community health and support climate resilience
  • 2019: Landscape connectivity – conservation policy, practice, and research
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Mighty Arrow Family Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Wilburforce Foundation, Great Outdoor Colorado, Center for Collaborative Conservation, and New Belgium Brewing

Key Themes

  • Biodiversity
  • Community-based conservation
  • Connectivity
  • Crossing boundaries
  • Indigenous conservation
  • Large landscapes