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Dorian Fougeres


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Dorian Fougères, PhD, has worked for 25 years on coastal and marine, water, agriculture, forest, and climate change policy and management. Currently the Senior Manager for Nature within CDP’s Thought Leadership division, he serves as a subject matter expert for companies, financial institutions, and colleagues on the climate-nature nexus, including forests, water, oceans, and biodiversity. The position emphasizes strategy, data insights, and engagement. He moved into this global role from a similar regional role at CDP focused on Europe. Prior to this, Dorian held senior management and executive positions within the State of California government, and served as a senior mediator and regional office director at the statewide Center for Collaborative Policy, also in California. He completed his PhD in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at the University of California at Berkeley (2005), specializing in the political ecology of coral reefs and conducting extensive field research in Indonesia as a Fulbright-IIE Scholar, Sumitro Fellow, and KITLV Leiden Fellow; and a BA Anthropology summa cum laude at Cornell University (1998). Dorian is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s Commission on Ecosystem Management, and serves as the leader for its Social-Ecological Resilience and Transformation thematic group. He enjoys practicing Mysore-style ashtanga yoga, getting into the water, getting his hands in permaculture dirt, and getting into the backcountry.

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