Save the date! The Salazar Center’s fifth annual international symposium will be held October 11– 12, 2023. 

Across the globe, biodiversity is rapidly deteriorating—faster than any other time in human history—and North America is no exception: over 30% of its biodiversity has declined since 1970. This devastating trend threatens species, ecosystems, and the services they provide, which in turn form the foundation for human well-being and livelihoods. 

Experts and leaders from around the world have acknowledged that the climate and biodiversity crises are inseparable and must ‘be addressed urgently and holistically’ for the benefit of both people and the planet. In this response to this crucial moment, the Salazar Center’s fifth annual International Symposium on Conservation Impact will focus on nature-positive solutions and how they can catalyze better outcomes for climate, biodiversity, and human well-being. Nature-based solutions are increasingly being recognized as critical tools to making progress towards both climate and biodiversity goals, and countries from around the world have committed to both measurable targets and funding to help reach them.  

The symposium will bring together a diverse set of thought leaders from across North America to share innovations and best practices for creating a more nature-positive future. The event will use presentations, panels, and interactive workshops to explore issues such as: 

  • What is the state of the science on leveraging nature-based solutions for both climate and biodiversity goals?  
  • How can nature positive approaches help Canada, US, and Mexico meet their national conservation targets?  
  • Can multilateral cooperation across the continent help lead to more durable outcomes and scale-up local efforts?  
  • What is the role for the private sector for helping to promote and fund long-lasting and effective solutions to solve both climate and nature challenges? 

 Stay tuned for more details about the event agenda and registration. Subscribe to the Center’s newsletter to get updates sent to your inbox.  




Date Start Time End Time
Oct. 11, 2023


CSU Spur, Hydro Building

4817 National Western Drive, Denver, CO 80216

Key Themes

  • Biodiversity
  • Climate change
  • conservation
  • Nature-based solutions