Jim Barborak is co-director of the Center for Protected Area Management and Training at Colorado State University. His specialties are protected areas and corridor planning and management, wildlife management, conservation finance, policy and governance, capacity building and ecotourism. Since he began his international career as a Peace Corps volunteer with the Honduran Wildlife Department, Barborak has worked in more than 25 countries throughout the Americas and in Africa for CI, WCS, IUCN, WWF, CATIE and the Costa Rican Park Service on USAID-funded programs, on joint initiatives with USFS and USNPS, and as a consultant to the World Bank, IDB, UNDP, UNESCO, FAO and other entities.
His academic experience includes work in undergraduate and graduate programs at Idaho, Tulane, CATIE, the UN University for Peace, INCAE Business School and CSU. Barborak has long been interested in public-private partnerships for protected area management, most recently advising WWF Brazil, the Forest Foundation of Sao Paolo and a USAID project in Mozambique on development of concessions policy for the Sao Paolo State Park System in Brazil and the Mozambique protected area system. He is an active member of the World Commission on Protected Areas and serves on several of its specialist groups, including those on World Heritage, Tourism and Capacity Building. Barborak earned his M.S. in regional resource planning and development and his B.S. in wildlife management – both from Ohio State University.