Dan Zarin

Executive Director, Forests and Climate Change

Photo Credit: Julie Larsen © WCS

Daniel Zarin is the inaugural Executive Director for Forests and Climate Change at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Within the context of WCS’ mission of saving wildlife and wild places in 60 countries worldwide, Dan leads a growing global team focused on the role of forests in solving the climate crisis by protecting intact forest ecosystems, preventing the expansion of deforestation and forest degradation frontiers, restoring forests in high-priority landscapes, and enhancing resilience of forests to climate change.

Prior to joining WCS in 2021, Dan served as Senior Director of Programs of the Climate and Land Use Alliance (CLUA) since its inception in 2010.

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