2020 RCP Network Gathering Program

The health and safety of our RCP community is our top priority. Due to the ongoing pandemic, we have decided to transition this year’s RCP Gathering to a completely online format that will include workshops in the weeks leading up to the Gathering on November 19. Although we aren’t able to join one another in-person, this extended program will allow us to have meaningful, results-oriented discussions on conservation while protecting our speakers, attendees, presenters, moderators, staff, and their families.

This year’s theme, Resilient Regions and Communities, addresses the climate crisis and is designed to scale up our most impactful strategies and tactics to help the communities in our part of the world work toward a healthy, equitable, and resilient future.

Join your colleagues, fellow conservation practitioners, and new friends in a suite of workshops in the weeks preceding and culminating with the RCP Network Gathering on November 19, 2020. Come together to learn, share, and be inspired!

For 2020, the RCP Network Gathering Program has been redesigned to more fully advance the practice of collaborative landscape conservation in the service of our collective vision for the future, as reflected in the regional Wildlands and Woodlands, Farmlands and Communities Vision and the global United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s RCP Network Gathering Program will begin with weekly sets of online workshops starting October 19 and ending November 13 and be followed by the virtual Gathering on November 19. Each week’s workshops will follow a thematic track, designed to build awareness of challenges and solutions and lead to consensus on scalable actions that could be advanced in the next two to three years. The workshops will cover topics such as:

  • Developing More Productive RCPs
  • Enhancing the Role of Wildlands and Woodlands in Climate Resilience
  • Sustaining Farming and Forestry from Rural to Urban Communities
  • Adapting Communities and Habitat to Climate Change Impacts
  • Using Natural Climate Solutions to Reduce Climate Change.
  • Most Promising Conservation Finance Mechanisms for RCPs 2020-2030
  • Coordinating Smart Growth, Regional Planning, and Landscape Conservation to Combat Climate Change
  • Engaging More Landowners and Communities

The 2020 RCP Network Gathering itself will feature keynotes, workshops, breakout sessions, and roundtables. RCP Network Gathering Program workshops not selected for live presentation can be recorded and submitted for inclusion in the RCP Network Gathering Story Map, to be distributed to all registrants before November 19.

We are currently accepting the 2020 workshop proposal submissions. Find out more here. The deadline to submit has been extended to June 1, 2020.

Like last year, there will be several opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to learn more about real-world conservation in the Northeast, build their professional networks, and contribute their ideas to the meeting. Look to this site for more information in the future.