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Heritage Colombia: A Conservation Journey with John Myers

Heritage Colombia  Nathab  Landcape

Please contact Karl Egloff at 202-495-4119 or Karl.Egloff@wwfus.org for more information about our invitation-only journeys.

About Our Expert

John Myers works as WWF Colombia´s Leader for Strategic Partnerships. John was first drawn to Colom-bia´s incomparable Santa Marta mountains in 2001, after reading Steve Hilty´s Field Guide to the Birds of Colombia.

Before joining WWF, John was the Director of the National Audubon Society´s Latin America Program, where he led the development of the Northern Colombia Birding Trail and co-authored “Peace is much more than doves: The economic benefits of bird-based tourism as a result of the peace treaty in Colombia,” a landmark study on ecotourism recently featured in the Economist. In addition to working for ten years with The Nature Conservancy's Mexico, Central America and Caribbean Programs, John was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bolivia and Fulbright Scholar in Colombia. He has an MA in International Policy Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California and a BA in Government from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Colombia | October 25 – November 3, 2018

Rapidly emerging as a premier destination for nature travel, Colombia boasts rainforests, dizzying snow-capped peaks, smoldering volcanoes of the Andes, lush cloud forests, and beautiful coastlines. Although perhaps known best for its vibrant culture and famed coffee, Colombia is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries. Covering just 0.8% of the Earth, Colombia accounts for 10% of the world’s known endemic species, including nearly 2,000 bird species—the most recorded anywhere in the world.

WWF has been working in Colombia for more than 50 years, identifying and implementing solutions to preserve the country’s remarkable biodiversity. In the fall of 2018, WWF, its partners and the government will celebrate the closing of the Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) work, an initiative called Heritage Colombia. This innovative funding approach, inspired by similar work in Bhutan and the Amazon, will ensure more than 50 million acres of Colombian forests will be protected in perpetuity. However, the Heritage Colombia initiative is different from other PFPs WWF has been involved with because it includes land outside of the protected areas, such as private reserves and land managed by local communities.

Join WWF’s John Myers for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore firsthand how WWF and our partners on the ground in Colombia are working together to protect the country’s rich biodiversity including more than 340 threatened species.

  • Dates Colombia - October 25 – November 3, 2018 Limited to 10 travelers
  • Land cost $5,700 per person, double occupancy
  • Single supplmenet $810