The Conservation Summit is a unique annual gathering hosted by Texan by Nature that focuses on bringing conservation and business leaders together for rich, impact focused dialogue and networking. The Summit’s carefully selected panelists, representing both industry and conservation, lay the foundation for discussion by sharing success stories, best practices, lessons learned, and more. This Summit’s overarching theme is the Future of Conservation. Learn more about the Summit and view the agenda in more detail here.
This year’s event features a mix of in-person attendance (George W. Bush Presidential Center in Dallas, TX), as well as a free virtual attendance option.
The virtual attendance option is free! In the past, the event has been hosted exclusively in person. We are excited to bring the Conservation Summit to a wider audience this year to join the conversation centered around the Future of Conservation. The support of our members ensures we are able to advance conservation and provide innovative programs, such as the Summit and Conservation Wrangler program, to Texans across the state. If you would like to support our mission, please Join Us in being Texan by Nature today.
The future of conservation, just like Texas’s beautiful landscape and leadership role in industry, is ever evolving. Texan by Nature’s annual Future of Conservation Summit explores new models, return on conservation metrics, and best-in-class collaborations with the goal of inspiring new partnerships and driving conservation innovation and impact. Each year, leaders from all sectors gather to imagine, discuss, and enact a future that benefits Texas’ people, prosperity, and natural resources.Learn more about the Summit and view the agenda in more detail here.
Humans process more and more data each year, with one study showing current exposure at 74 gigabytes daily. With this much information in the ‘discovered’ realm and immeasurable more in undiscovered areas, how do we reach future leaders with best practices and conservation opportunities? What education methodologies cut through information overload to drive action? What sources are trusted when decisions need to be made and we’re ready to move to application and implementation? Whether we’re seeking to engage youth, community members, the workforce, or c-suite leaders, education and ultimately application of key practices and decision factors are critical to conservation progress.
Science-based, standard measurement is the cornerstone of accounting and trade. It’s also a unifying foundation at the intersection of conservation and industry. Rising interest in ecosystem service valuation and crediting, use of local conservation efforts to achieve global sustainability strategies, and exploration of new partnerships rely on clear communication of goals, conservation practices, and impacts to create new opportunities. With the myriad of frameworks and data available, which communication strategies and what measurement and reporting standards best align conservation and industry to address these future opportunities?
Texas is home to 13 major river basins, all of them flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. These waterways provide drinking water and recreation for people, habitat for diverse wildlife, and ingredients for our thriving industries. With unprecedented population and industry growth, Texas waterways have been negatively impacted by litter at both the source point and downstream. To stop this trend, collaborative conservation programs in Texas are using education, application, measurement, and reporting to restore our waterways for today and future generations.
Conservation and industry leaders often think and speak of ecosystems in similar yet very different ways. Conservationists most often refer to natural systems while industry leaders may refer to their supply chain or internal processes. Few entities look at the entire ecosystem and the interaction between industry and nature. New models of collaboration bridge this communication and action gap, bringing conservation, community, and industry together to achieve long-term, ecosystem results.
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