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Lands: Justin Adams


Justin Adams

Global Managing Director, Lands

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Justin Adams is the Global Managing Director for Lands at The Nature Conservancy, where he leads a broad team of Conservancy staff operating at the intersection of global development and environmental challenges, including sustainable agriculture, forests and climate change, smart infrastructure, and indigenous and communal conservation.

He believes passionately that we have to find new models to balance competing priorities for land including food security, sustainable energy production and sustainable livelihoods, while also conserving and restoring nature to deliver the critical ecosystem services on which all life depends.

Justin has spent more than 20 years championing innovation and sustainability. Most recently he has worked as a Senior Advisor to the World Bank where he helped design and raise $300 million for the BioCarbon Fund’s Initiative for Sustainable Forested Landscapes. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Duke of Westminster’s new agricultural fund – Wheatsheaf Investments and built a boutique advisory business working with NGOs and companies on issues including palm oil expansion, restoring degraded lands, improving smallholder yields and sustainable bioenergy.

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Content produced by or featuring Justin

Indonesia’s East Kalimantan Province Commits to New Green Growth Pathway National Geographic - June 10, 2016

Common Land, Common Ground Land Portal - April 25, 2016

The Original Climate Solution Huffington Post - April 25, 2016

After Paris – Nature’s role in mission 1.5 degree Global Landscapes Forum - April 25, 2016

Not All Forestry Is Carbon Equal National Geographic - March 18, 2016

The Forgotten Climate Solution
Huffington Post - February 18, 2016

Blog - State of the Environment 2016 Environmental Business Journal - February 10, 2016

Africa: Indigenous People Keep Carbon Locked in Forests All Africa - December 9, 2015

Indigenous Peoples’ rights and land tenure GLF 2015 Global Landscapes Forum - December 5, 2015

COP21 is Reminding Us That Everyone's Prosperity Relies on Nature Huffington Post - December 4, 2015

Global Landscapes Forum speakers are blogging on Huffington Post and Devex Global Landscapes Forum - December 4, 2015

Paper corporation to step up forest conservation Jakarta Post - December 1, 2015

Deforestation: credit where credit is due GreenBiz - November 16, 2015

To Preserve the Earth, Rethink Our Relationship with Nature Global Landscapes Forum - October 7, 2015

Are we undervaluing forests' role in the world’s growth story? GreenBiz - June 15, 2015

There's no such thing as truly 'pristine' nature anymore BBC - February 8, 2015

Can the world eliminate tropical deforestation in the next 15 years? Jakarta Post - November 10, 2014

Publications

Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinCMAdams

Justin Adams is the Managing Director for Global Lands at The Nature Conservancy, where he leads a broad team of Conservancy staff operating at the intersection of global development and environmental challenges, including sustainable agriculture, forests and climate change, smart infrastructure, and indigenous and communal conservation.

He believes passionately that we have to find new models to balance competing priorities for land including food security, sustainable energy production and sustainable livelihoods, while also conserving and restoring nature to deliver the critical ecosystem services on which all life depends.

Justin has spent more than 20 years championing innovation and sustainability. Most recently he has worked as a Senior Advisor to the World Bank where he helped design and raise $300 million for the BioCarbon Fund’s Initiative for Sustainable Forested Landscapes. He also served as a Senior Advisor to the Duke of Westminster’s new agricultural fund – Wheatsheaf Investments and built a boutique advisory business working with NGOs and companies on issues including palm oil expansion, restoring degraded lands, improving smallholder yields and sustainable bioenergy.

Previously, Justin was a senior executive at BP for 10 years where he helped to build its $8 billion renewables division, Alternative Energy. As Vice President of Strategy and Innovation, he created and led BP’s corporate venture arm – BP Ventures – managing an investment portfolio of $150 million across 30 entrepreneurial companies. He also consolidated and led BP’s carbon-related activities (including carbon capture & storage and REDD) under the banner of Carbon Solutions. In his previous role as Director Long-Term Technology and Innovation, he helped establish a number of pioneering public-private technology and innovation initiatives and partnerships in China, India, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Justin is a Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford and is also completing a role as Chairman of Mendel Plant Sciences. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Bath, in the United Kingdom.

Contact

Kirsten Weymouth-Ullman
Phone: 703-841-5371
E-mail: kullman@tnc.org

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Areas of Expertise

  • Alternative Energy
  • Land Conservation
  • Food Security

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