The CARE-WWF Alliance Summit
Creating New Pathways for Development and Conservation
On September 11, 2012, over 300 people from the global sustainable development community gathered in Washington, D.C. to debate the interdependence of poverty alleviation and biodiversity conservation for long-term success in their field. Hosted by the CARE-WWF Alliance, Summit attendees included local community-based organizations and U.S. government agencies to multilateral institutions and multinational corporations.
USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah opened the Summit by describing the role strategic partnerships, such as the CARE-WWF Alliance, have for effectively eliminating extreme poverty, preventing child deaths, and advancing democratic governance as a result of their ability to address interlinked social and environmental problems. Three panel discussions then explored negotiating trade-offs, food systems and biodiversity, and inclusive green growth.
Dr. Bill Clark, Harvard University professor at the Kennedy School of Government, concluded by highlighting the implications for the joint international development and conservation agenda. He underscored the need for systematic learning and decision support tools to foster common understanding and innovative problem solving.
Presentations from the Summit
Session 1 - Negotiating Trade-Offs in Conservation and Development
Pathways, Politics and Contested Sustainabilities by Dr. Melissa Leach, director, ESRC STEPS Centre, and Professorial Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex
Twenty Years Later: Can Green Growth Change the Conversation on Conservation and Development? by Katherine Sierra, senior fellow, Global Economy and Development, The Brookings Institution
Women and the Environment: Climate Change Impact on Grassroots Women by Khawar Mumtaz, CEO, Shirkat Gah
Session 2 - Food and Biodiversity: Scarcity, Security and Sovereignty
How We Can Feed a Rapidly Growing World and Still Sustain the Planetby Dr. Jonathan Foley, director, Institute on the Environment, University of Minnesota
Finding Balance, Empowering Women by Suzanne Ehlers, president and CEO, Population Action International
Bringing the Oceans and Fish into the Global Food Security Conversation by Dr. Patricia Majluf, director, Center for Environmental Sustainability, Cayetano Heredia University
Session 3 - Setting the Table for Green Growth in the 21st Century
Design + Social Impact by Jocelyn Wyatt, executive director and co-lead, IDEO.org
Walking the Talk: Transforming Economic Powers to Advance Women's Rights, Justice and Sustainability by Maria da Graça Samo, executive director, Forum Mulher
Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development by Dr. William C. Clark, professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University