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Peter Seligmann
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Peter Seligmann is Co-founder, Chairman, and CEO of Conservation International.

Peter Seligmann has a vision and a mission. The vision is an environmentally healthy world that will provide economic opportunities and security for all people. The mission is to bring together industry, government, religious leaders, professors, scientists, local and indigenous people to make that vision a reality.

Mission impossible? Hardly. Peter’s passion is contagious. People worldwide – from local communities to captains of industry to heads of state – are buying in to Peter Seligmann’s bold agenda. Peter is helping the world understand that peace and prosperity really will be impossible if the devastation of the world’s ecosystems is allowed to continue.

The future Peter imagines – in which our Earth’s natural wealth serves as the cornerstone for vibrant, thriving human societies – is attainable, but it will require a global shift in attitudes and actions. As Peter touches hearts and changes minds, more and more people embrace a conservation ethic.

Entries by Peter Seligmann

'Big Data' Is an Investment in Nature -- and Human Well-being

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:35 PM

The foundation of Conservation International (CI) is built upon the integration of comprehensive data and responsive science. Those committed to this premise invest in good data and sound measurement tools to understand how nature is changing. These tools must be utilized to investigate whether humanity's use of nature's life-supporting services...

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One Way to Fight Terrorism? End the Ivory Trade

(3) Comments | Posted October 9, 2013 | 10:25 AM

Recently, I had the honor of taking part in an extraordinary event at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) where nations and NGOs made a historic commitment to end elephant poaching by stopping the killing, stopping the trafficking and stopping the demand for ivory.

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A Sustainable Future Relies on US-China Collaboration

(9) Comments | Posted May 21, 2013 | 6:34 PM

The world is sitting on a consumption time bomb -- more consumers, higher consumption, and more material intensity, coupled with diminishing supplies of natural capital, add up to a planet that is dangerously overspent and veering towards ecological bankruptcy in the not-too-distant future. China and the U.S., the two largest...

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Protecting Nature Is Critical to Maintain Global Security

(1) Comments | Posted April 3, 2013 | 8:08 PM

Conservation International (CI) and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) recently held a symposium entitled "Global Resources, the U.S. Economy, and National Security" at the CFR offices in Washington, D.C. Today, I contemplate the issue discussed.

Several years ago, in a moment of reflection on my career, I made some...

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Environmental Challenges Have Arabian Gulf Countries Taking the Long View

(1) Comments | Posted November 7, 2012 | 7:29 PM

Some of the world's most successful business leaders gathered in Dubai recently for the Forbes Global CEO Conference, which focused on the theme, "The Race Ahead," and how corporations can succeed in these turbulent times.

One of the event's underlying themes was a question we deal with...

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Charting a Path to Ocean Prosperity

(2) Comments | Posted September 21, 2012 | 5:08 PM

A career in conservation can be alternately trying, rewarding and energizing, as we work with leaders and communities to innovate sustainable solutions that will balance the pace of economic development with the capacity of the planet and needs of a growing human population. I can honestly say that in my...

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Disconnection From Nature, a Dangerous Illusion

(5) Comments | Posted April 19, 2012 | 12:02 PM

For those of us who have made conservation our life's work, Earth Day can be something of a bittersweet occasion. On the one hand, it is a time to celebrate the successes of this vital movement; this year at Conservation International, we are marking our first...

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A Sea Change in Ocean Conservation

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 1:04 PM

In my 36 years of work in conservation, I have never before witnessed as much attention and concern being paid to the deteriorating health of our oceans, and the resulting consequences of that deterioration for people everywhere. Ocean issues have grown from being a concern of environmental organizations to an...

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Conservation 2.5 -- An Essential Upgrade for Human Survival

(0) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 2:44 PM

There is no question that we are living in a time of rapid change and challenge: social networking and mobile media, globalization and see-saw economies, extreme weather events, and our ever-growing human family are forces that are reshaping the ways we live, prosper, and communicate. Stand still or fail to...

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Racing to Help the Ocean

(1) Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 11:57 AM

If you've never seen a yacht race, it's a wonder to behold. Catamarans with sails the size of a 747 airplane wing cruise by faster than motorboats in the howling wind. Capsizing is a regular occurrence, dunking even the most seasoned sailors into the sea (see video below).

Attending the...

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Partnerships for the Planet: Why We Must Engage Corporations

(7) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 1:53 PM

Conservation International (CI) has actively and transparently engaged with corporations for more than 20 years for the purpose of improving environmental practices and preserving the benefits we all receive from nature, like fresh air and clean water. Because the environmental issues facing humanity are massive and complex, we believe that...

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Let's Bank on Nature, Not Bankrupt It

(1) Comments | Posted April 19, 2011 | 11:19 AM

In 1987, we launched Conservation International with the express purpose of protecting the most important places on Earth. As we began to initiate programs in tropical South America, we realized that we faced the challenge of identifying precisely where our ecosystem conservation programs should focus. The information for us to...

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America's Commitment to Nature: Another Endangered Species?

(26) Comments | Posted October 20, 2010 | 10:34 AM

The United Nations declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, recognizing that biodiversity is the very fabric of life on earth. Our planet is in the midst of an extinction crisis - the worst, in fact, since the dinosaurs died off 65 million years ago. Despite the focus and...

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Make a Bid to Save the Earth

(0) Comments | Posted April 22, 2010 | 11:33 AM

Today we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day so it's fitting that President Obama is addressing Wall Street today on the challenge of the economy; nothing could be more appropriate on Earth Day. Think about it - illegal logging in tropical forests around the world, mostly driven by Chinese...

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