Experts' profiles - Jason Spensley
Jason Spensley
Jason Spensley has over 15 years’ experience in the fields of climate change adaptation, financing biodiversity conservation and local capacity development. This experience has been gained at the global level, as well as more locally in Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as in Africa, the Arctic, and Asia-Pacific. Mr. Spensley currently heads the climate change adaptation unit, within UNEP’s Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean. Previously, he managed the LifeWeb Initiative, within the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity ( In less than 3 years, this funding platform involved over 25 public and private donors and 40 recipient countries in helping facilitate more than USD$150 million consistent with implement of the CBD, with a particular focus protected areas’ contributions to climate change adaptation and mitigation. He previously served as Vice Chair of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas, as well as Sr. Scientist and Sr. Policy Advisor with The Nature Conservancy. These global and regional roles are grounded by experiences as a community conservationist, business developer and education advisor in Latin America and the Canadian Arctic. A national of Canada, UK, and USA, and having lived or worked in Latin America for most of his adult life, Jason is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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