Ryan directs WWF’s program managing and building resilience to a world of ever-increasing climate risks. He coordinates with our global network of offices and a broad array of stakeholders and partners, from local communities to governments and the private sector, translating climate science to support policy development, planning, and local action in conservation landscapes around the world. He is currently working to tackle our climate crisis through engagement with internal WWF teams and external partners to drive improved planning and implementation of nature-based solutions and sustainable infrastructure that build resilience for people and nature in a world of growing weather extremes.
Prior to joining WWF, Ryan worked in international water policy and economics for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions at Duke University. He received his master's degree from Duke in Environmental Management, focusing on climate change adaptation, international water policy and environmental economics and policy.
Originally from Reno, Nevada, Ryan grew up developing a deep appreciation for nature backpacking, skiing, and hiking in the beautiful Sierra Nevada mountains and throughout the public lands of the American west. He lives in Washington, DC.
“Climate change is arguably the most difficult challenge humanity has ever faced. It is inspiring to work with so many amazing partners around the world to work toward solutions that help build resilience for both people and nature in the face of so much change.”
Nature-based Solutions are varied approaches to address a wide range of challenges for society, while also benefiting people and nature. Recently, Nature-based Solutions have emerged as essential tools to support broader efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
This report presents climate risk information including observed climate and future projections of temperature, rainfall, sea level rise and various extreme events, and outlines how this information can be used in decision-making.
This report (hi-res version), with support from GIZ, outlines a new planning approach integrating considerations of natural capital and ecosystem services, climate risks and resilience, and sustainable development needs to support social-ecological system scale planning.
Nationally Determined Commitments (NDCs) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 2015 Paris Agreement underscore the role protected areas and other conserved areas play in reaching global mitigation and adaptation targets.
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