The theme of the 10th annual Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering focused on addressing climate change by using RCPs as cultivators of natural climate solutions. Attended by a record-breaking 375 people, the 2019 RCP Network Gathering was held November 13 at UMass Amherst. Participants came from New England, New York, and beyond, and included RCP members, land trust representatives, planners, researchers, funders, students, and others interested in collaborative conservation and climate change solutions.
Lynn Scarlett, Chief External Affairs Officer and Global Climate Strategy Lead for The Nature Conservancy, delivered the keynote speech challenging attendees to use radical collaboration and systems thinking to drive change focused on natural climate solutions.
The event featured 24 workshops focused on building capacity and increasing the scope of collaborative conservation as a tactic to mitigate climate change. Workshop topics included climate resilience, regional land use issues, conservation finance, collaborative land protection, and engaging new partners and sectors.
To engage students in making a positive change for the climate, this year’s Gathering included several opportunities for students to learn more about real-world conservation in the Northeast. A mentorship program paired students with conservation professionals to give them a one-on-one opportunity to set goals and build their professional network. A poster session allowed some students to present posters on their conservation work side-by-side with experienced conservationists.