TEDx Talk: Is a Forest Worth More Than a Gold Mine?

November 03, 2011

TEDx talk featuring Jason SohigianCould a forest be worth more than a gold mine to a developing country whose economy is heavily reliant on copper and gold extraction? Sustainability and environmental management graduate Jason Sohigian, ALM ’11, posed this stirring question during a recent TEDx Yerevan talk, where he presented research from his Harvard Extension School graduate capstone project.

Sohigian was among 20 speakers to participate in this international event that included a former US ambassador, news correspondents from ABC News and Bloomberg, renowned artists and photographers, and others. Read more about the event on National Geographic’s NewsWatch.

Earlier this year Sohigian presented this important research at the Earth Institute’s seventeenth International Sustainable Development Research Conference held at Columbia University.

Sohigian is deputy director of the Armenian Tree Project, an organization that was profiled by National Geographic NewsWatch in 2010. He also works on Governor Deval Patrick’s Special Commission on Financing Forest Conservation in the State of Massachusetts, and is frequently quoted in the national and international press.

Learn more about the Sustainability and Environmental Management Graduate Program at Harvard Extension School.

You can watch Sohigian’s TEDx talk below.