Fuller Science for Nature Fund

Overview

Kathryn Fuller

Kathryn S. Fuller, former president and chief executive of World Wildlife Fund

The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund supports and harnesses the most promising conservation science research and puts it into practice. Named in honor of the former president and CEO of WWF-US, the fund supports an annual Science for Nature Symposium featuring global leaders in science, policy, and conservation. Additionally, a regular seminar series provides a regular forum for the conservation community.

The human health and conservation connection

Human health and the health of our environment are inextricably linked. Our collective resilience, well-being, nutrition, and ability to avert disease is fully connected to the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the ways we interact with nature.

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What WWF Is Doing

2020 Fuller Symposium

Nature-based Solutions: Global Challenges, Greener Futures


In the face of the ongoing climate crisis, there is an urgent need to identify and scale-up solutions that work with nature rather than against it. In recent years, Nature-Based Solutions have been put forward as a way to address the climate crisis and associated socio-economic challenges.

On October 20th, the 2020 Fuller Symposium, Nature-based Solutions: Global Challenges, Greener Futures, brought together scientists to discuss Nature-Based Solutions and their potential benefits and limitations for people and nature. The symposium examined Nature-based Solutions for climate mitigation through trees and adaptation through coastal protection, identified outstanding questions in this field, and considered how we can implement and scale Nature-Based Solutions in a post-COVID world.

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About the Series

WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe. Seminars are:

  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Held remotely via Zoom (registration is required to receive link to the event)

For more information, contact Kate Graves at 202-495-4604.

Science for Nature Seminar Series


Fuller Seminar: March 23, 2021 at 10:00am EDT
FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
Leading the Way

Speaker: Sunita Narain, Director General of the Center for Science and Environment, Editor of the biweekly magazine, Down To Earth

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Fuller Seminar: April 13, 2021 at 9:00am EDT
FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
Food from the Ocean

Speaker: Kristian Teleki, Director of the Sustainable Ocean Initiative at WRI, Head of the Friends of Ocean Action for the World Economic Forum

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Fuller Seminar Series Food Logo - Various edible items arranged to spell the word Food

FOOD: THE POWER IS ON YOUR PLATE
Transforming our food systems for a nature-positive, carbon-neutral future

About the Series:
It is well-documented that how we produce and consume food plays a major role in climate change and nature loss – and that it could get worse as we strive to feed a bigger and richer population. But food systems can also be part of the solution, not just for food security, but also for a nature-positive, carbon-neutral future. Although we need food system transformation and a level of collaboration never seen before on the global level, local actions will look different around the world and rely on very different stakeholders. There are just nine harvests left in which we must make significant progress or face irreversible damages – collaboration and transformation needs to happen now.

This series, jointly presented by WWF Food and the Fuller Science for Nature Fund, will feature a dozen experts from across the food system and explore some of the most pressing issues: from how to achieve healthy and nutritious diets for all, to the role of our oceans in providing food; from the importance of pastoral communities in Africa to the role of public-private partnerships. Join us as we discuss how to work together to deliver a sustainable future, in which everyone has access to healthy and nutritious food.

Next Seminar

Leading the Way

When: March 23, 2021 at 10:00AM EDT/1500 CEST
Who: Sunita Narain, Director General of the Center for Science and Environment, Editor of the biweekly magazine, Down To Earth
Where: Zoom webinar, registration required

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About the Speaker:
Headshot of Sunita Narain

Sunita Narain is a Delhi-based environmentalist and author. She is currently the Director General of the Center for Science and Environment (https://www.cseindia.org/) and Editor of the biweekly magazine, Down To Earth (https://www.downtoearth.org.in/).

Narain plays an active role in policy formulation on issues of environment and development in India and globally. She has worked extensively on climate change, with a particular interest in advocating for an ambitious and equitable global agreement. Her work on air pollution, water and waste management as well as industrial pollution has led to an understanding of the need for affordable and sustainable solutions in countries like India where the challenge is to ensure inclusive and sustainable growth. Narain’s work is also to research the interaction between food and the environment. Her interest is to ensure that countries in the Southern world do not adopt highly chemical intensive agricultural systems as they do not have the capacity to mitigate and manage the toxic fallout on the environment and human health. One of her key efforts most recently has been to combine her knowledge, experience, and know how to demonstrate the benefits of organic food and its impact on health and climate through town hall meetings. These meetings provide cooking demonstrations by leading chefs in front of large audiences from all walks of life as an effort to share insight with the general public on issues of food, health, and climate change.

She was a member of the Indian Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change and has been awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour. In 2005, the Centre for Science and Environment was awarded the Stockholm Water Prize under her leadership. In 2016, Time Magazine listed her as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She received “The Order of the Polar Star” award from the Swedish Government in 2017. Narain also received the Edinburgh Medal 2020 conferred by the City of Edinburgh Council in the UK. The medal citation recognizes Narain’s strong leadership in championing climate justice for the poor and disenfranchised.

Series Overview:

  1. Johan Rockström: The Urgent Need for a Food System Transformation – Why a transformation of the global food system is critical for meeting global commitments such as the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  2. Agnes Kalibata: A Call for Collective Action on Food – An overview of the 2021 UN Food Systems Summit and why collective action is needed from all citizens to radically change the way we produce, process, and consume food. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  3. Walter Willett: Healthy Diets for Healthy People – A discussion of the latest research on the science behind healthy diets and the urgent need to change what we eat. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  4. David Tilman: Food Systems to Safeguard Biodiversity and Nature – An overview of the latest science on the central role that food plays in safeguarding biodiversity and nature. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  5. Renata Micha: The State of the World’s Nutrition – An overview of the 2020 Global Nutrition Report and how the world is doing on achieving global nutrition goals. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  6. Tara Garnett: Grazed and Confused – The role of grazing livestock in a healthy and sustainable food future. [Bio] [Watch the recording]

  7. Lawrence HaddadWhat lurks beneath: the hidden factors stopping food system transformation and how to bring them into the light.[Bio] [Watch the recording]

  8. Sunita Narain (March 23, 2021 10:00AM to 11:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CET): Leading the Way – The important role that India can play in showing the world that a healthy and sustainable food system is achievable.[Bio] [Register Now]

  9. Kristian Teleki (April 13, 2021, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CEST): Food from the Ocean – The importance of food from the ocean in feeding the planet. [Bio] [Register Now]

  10. Jessica Fanzo (May 11, 2021, 9:00AM to 10:00AM EDT/1500 to 1600 CEST): Can Everybody Win? – A discussion of the tradeoffs that must be considered and addressed with a global food system transformation. [Bio] [Register Now] 

 

Projects

  • Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series

    WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to critical topics in international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe.

  • 2012 Fuller Symposium: Conservation Crime

    Global leaders shared their insights on the growing crisis of wildlife crime at the 2012 Fuller Symposium. The symposium was held on November 14, 2012 at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C.

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