Chris Filardi

Nia Tero

Big Idea: 

A quarter of the land and oceans in the world are under the stewardship of Indigenous Peoples and local communities. They have proven to be the best guardians of these natural places. Nia Tero (“Our Earth” in Esperanto) provides investment and technical expertise to ensure the continued effective guardianship of vital, large-scale ecosystems.

Throughout his career, Chris has bridged his research interests with grassroots conservation. He helped establish numerous large-scale terrestrial and marine protected areas through partnerships with indigenous peoples, scientists, and public/private sector financing. He directed Pacific Programs at the American Museum of Natural History and served as senior staff at Conservation International.

Henry Arnhold Fellows