The CARE-WWF Alliance Summit

U.S. Agency of International Development Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, WWF President and CEO, Carter Roberts and CARE CEO, Helene Gayle, talk before Shah’s keynote address.

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.

CARE WWF Alliance Summit Speakers

Mozambican Minister of the Environment, Dr. Alcinda de Abreu  (left) and CEO of Shirkat Gah women’s resource center, Khawar Mumtaz (right), participate in the first panel about how to bring to bear lessons learned in negotiating trade-offs between development and conservation into the future.

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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,

Walking the Talk: Transforming Economic Powers to Advance Women's Rights, Justice and Sustainability by Maria da Graça Samo, executive director, Forum Mulher

Closing Remarks

Linking Knowledge with Action for Sustainable Development by Dr. William C. Clark, professor, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University