Maki Tazawa

Master of Environmental Management, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, 2019

Maki Tazawa is pursuing a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. She is interested in sustainable agriculture and consumer behavior. Her most recent work experience was with the National Audubon Society, where she carried out international conservation projects in the areas of coastal resiliency, education and ecotourism. At CBEY, Maki is part of Conservation Finance Network and Clean Energy Finance Forum. She holds a degree from the George Washington University in International Affairs and Environmental Studies. She is originally from Rhode Island and enjoys running and diving in her free time.

Authored Articles
Panda in Chengdu

Companies Can Stave off Forest Tipping Points

What does it take to make a forest collapse ecologically? How can the corporate sector prevent this collapse of its natural capital? According to Kerry Cesareo, vice president of the Forests Program at World Wildlife Fund, there are threats to the natural capital of the private sector that lie outside its current practices and need to be addressed. Along with traditional conservation programs and partnerships, the private sector is seeking to play a larger role in investing in programs that keep forests from reaching their ecological tipping points.
Poplar trees near water

Voluntary Surcharges

This article by Story Clark and Maki Tazawa is part of the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit, a resource designed for professionals who want to learn or communicate about the industry. Voluntary surcharge programs have raised millions of dollars for local land preservation. They are a financial tool for conservation in areas working to balance the draw of recreational and natural areas for visitors and the development pressures on those places.
Lion

Ecotourism Investment Begins to Flourish

Ecotourism is beginning to catch the eye of private investors and other funders who are interested in financing sustainable development, land rehabilitation, wildlife reintroduction, and/or conservation research. Examples from Africa show how ecotourism can synergistically build support for these goals.
Green Wheat image

An Interview about Agriculture and Conservation in the Next Farm Bill

In 2018, the Farm Bill will be up for renewal. It will shape the future of federal conservation finance. The bill, initially enacted in 1933, is the defining legislation on agricultural law in the United States. A number of organizations, including Environmental Defense Fund, actively work to find ways to maximize environmental gains that can be made through its policies.