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Pilar Barrera Rey

Global Director of Durable Protection Strategies

Arlington, Virginia

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Pilar Barrera Rey Pilar Barrera Rey is The Nature Conservancy's Global Director of Durable Protection Strategies. © TNC

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Conservation, Project Finance for Permanence

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Pilar Barrera Rey is Global Director of Durable Protection Strategies. In this role, Pilar is responsible for advancing Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) approaches and leading multi-stakeholder, participatory conservation and financial planning to ensure that terrestrial, freshwater and marine conservation can endure in perpetuity.

For more than 20 years, she has worked for conservation organizations: from a local NGO in her native Colombia to The Nature Conservancy (TNC), in both Colombia and the U.S. Prior to her return to The Nature Conservancy, she worked with a multilateral fund—the Global Environment Facility (GEF)—in Washington, D.C., where she led stakeholder engagement and the GEF Small Grants Programme.

Pilar believes in the power of partnerships and in a consultative approach to achieving durable conservation. She led the successful negotiations of debt-for-nature swaps for Colombia and Costa Rica, leveraging more than $35 million to conservation in these biodiverse countries. She served as the first Chair of the Colombia Debt Swap Oversight Committee.

Pilar was trained as an economist and holds an M.A. in international business and finance from the University of Reading (U.K.). 

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