Ocean Conservation on the International Stage with Masha Kalinina of the Pew Charitable Trusts

February 28, 2022

The challenge of protecting the wide open ocean spaces

On this episode, hosts Peter Ravella and Tyler Buckingham speak with Masha Kalinina, Senior Officer, International Conservation Unit at the Pew Charitable Trusts. Masha leads Pew’s Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and 30 x 30 efforts. Pew is leading the way to establish new Marine Protected areas (MPAs) and other innovative area-based conservation measures to protect 30% of our global ocean by 2030.  

In this info-packed episode, Masha explains the intricate framework of international gatherings, negotiations, and treaties needed protect our ocean resources.  And, fresh off attending the One Ocean Summit in France, she also shares her impressions on the progress being made in ocean conservation, provides a  "vibe check" on the summit, and looks ahead to what we can expect from the international conservation community in 2022.

Hint: it promises to be a busy year!

Masha Kalinina coordinates Pew's cross-campaign efforts with the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). She works to ensure that the nations that are parties to the CBD adopt an ambitious global biodiversity strategy in 2022 that sets targets to maintain large portions of the planet in their natural state.Before joining Pew, Kalinina worked for Humane Society International to protect elephants, lions, leopards, polar bears, and other species through the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals, and the U.S. Endangered Species Act.Kalinina holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from George Washington University and a Juris Doctor from the William & Mary Law School.
Show Transcription
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Peter Ravella & Tyler Buckingham

Peter and Tyler joined forces in 2015 and from the first meeting began discussing a project that would become Coastal News Today and the American Shoreline Podcast Network. At the time, Peter and Tyler were coastal consultants for Pete’s firm, PAR Consulting, LLC. In that role, they worked with coastal communities in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina, engaged in grant writing, coastal project development, shoreline erosion and land use planning, permitting, and financial planning for communities undertaking big beach restoration projects. Between and among their consulting tasks, they kept talking and kept building the idea of CNT & ASPN. In almost every arena they worked, public engagement played a central role. They spent thousands of hours talking with coastal stakeholders, like business owners, hotel operators, condo managers, watermen, property owners, enviros, surfers, and fishermen. They dived deep into the value, meaning, and responsibility for the American shoreline, segment-by-segment. Common threads emerged, themes were revealed, differences uncovered. There was a big conversation going on along the American shoreline! But, no place to have it. That's where CNT and ASPN were born.