2009 Laureates (co-winner)
Policy LeadershipMr. Kevin Conrad
and the Coalition for Rainforest Nations
“We seek your leadership, but if for some reason you are not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. Please get out of the way.” Kevin Conrad’s words to the United States delegation – which was one of the key hold-outs on plans for a post-2012 treaty – are widely remembered as a pivotal moment of the 2007 Bali climate change talks. Significantly, the resulting Bali Action Plan was the first time the role of tropical forests and deforestation in tackling global warming was officially recognized, an outcome largely due to the pioneering work of the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.
As Executive Director of the Coalition of Rainforest Nations, Conrad campaigns to better align market incentives with the sustainable use and management of tropical forests. Conrad, who is from Papua New Guinea, continues to work tirelessly to develop systems for the international community to provide incentives for conserving rainforests.