Barry Spergel specializes in designing innovative mechanisms for financing biodiversity conservation and protected areas. He is responsible for designing national environmental funds in more than 30 countries, including several which are larger than $100 million. He has helped negotiate international Debt-for-Nature swaps; written forestry laws and environmental protection laws for developing countries; and designed new environmental taxes and fees, payments for environmental services (PES), and payment systems for Reduced [carbon] Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD). He has helped to design benefit-sharing mechanisms for indigenous peoples in Papua New Guinea, Central African Republic and the Brazilian Amazon. He has conducted independent outside evaluations of environmental projects for the World Bank, UN Development Program, USAID, International Finance Corporation, and BP. He wrote the first NGO law for the Kingdom of Bhutan.
He has designed environmental projects for the World Bank, UN Development Program, FAO, USAID, German Development Bank (KfW), German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ), French Development Agency (AFD), Government of Australia, Government of Vietnam, Royal Government of Bhutan, Provincial Government of British Columbia, Government of Netherlands Antilles, MacArthur Foundation, Conservation International, The Nature Conservancy, WWF International, US National Parks and Conservation Association, African Parks Network, Frankfurt Zoological Society, and Peace Parks Foundation.
Barry Spergel was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law School where he taught a course on “The Japanese Legal System”, and he was an Exchange Scholar in the Law Department at Beijing University for 6 months in 1982.
He speaks and/or reads Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese.
He has worked in over 60 countries, and traveled to more than 100 countries. He is married and has 2 daughters.