Jacob Olander

Jacob Olander has lived and worked in Latin America since for 20 years developing initiatives aiming to create economic benefits for communities, businesses and organizations engaged in biodiversity conservation. In 1995 he co-founded EcoDecisión, a firm specializing in conservation finance and payment for ecosystem services. Jacob currently manages the Katoomba Ecosystem Services Incubator. The Incubator mobilizes targeted technical, business, financial and marketing support to promising PES projects with strong community and biodiversity benefits. He has been active in the field of climate change policy and projects since 1997 throughout Latin America, working with grassroots, national and international organizations. His background includes work with non-timber forest products, conservation of private lands and indigenous territories, and incentive-based conservation agreements and endowment funds. Jacob has a B.A. in Development Studies from Brown University and a Master’s in International Agriculture and Rural Development from Cornell University.