Michelle Mendlewicz

Master of Environmental Management, School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, 2017

Michelle Mendlewicz is a Brazilian environmental lawyer pursuing her Master of Environmental Management at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on the intersection between business, climate & the environment. In addition to CBEY, she is a Program Associate at The Forests Dialogue, working on multi-stakeholder engagement platforms for sustainable landscapes and zero-deforestation supply chains, and a Co-chair for the 2017 International Society for Tropical Foresters (ISTF) Conference. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, she worked as a legal advisor for the Environmental Agency of the State of Rio de Janeiro (INEA/RJ), and at private law firms representing companies with issues regarding environmental licensing, protected areas, and the Brazilian Forest Code. She believes that engaging the private sector is crucial for effectively reducing global GHG emissions and hopes to work with organizations committed to the environment to secure a sustainable future and a deforestation-free planet.  Michelle holds a Law Degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio), where she also completed a specialization program in Environmental Law.

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Landscape and Finance Experts Meet at COP22

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum: Climate Action for Sustainable Development event “Unlocking Private Finance in Forests, Sustainable Land Use and Restoration,” held during COP22 in Marrakech on Nov. 16, brought landscape and finance experts together to discuss ways to advance private investment in sustainable use of land and forests.

Coalition Launched to Scale up Conservation Finance

The current conservation finance gap is estimated to be $200-300 billion per year. As public and philanthropic investment in conservation are in decline, private investment has the potential to bridge it. That was the key message conveyed by the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation launched at the International Union for Conservation of Nature 2016 World Conservation Congress on Sept. 2, in Honolulu, Hawaii.