This year, the symposium will focus 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 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. As such, the symposium will explore such topics as:

  • 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 with sustainable economic development and security
  • 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

We anticipate holding the 2022 symposium in a hybrid format, with options for both in-person attendance in Denver, CO, as well as virtual participation.


Date Start Time End Time
Oct. 6, 2022
Oct. 7, 2022

Contact Information

If you are interested in potentially partnering or sponsoring the event, please contact Catie Boehmer at

Sponsored by Wilburforce Foundation

Key Themes

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