Building Bridges Webcast: Cross-Sectoral Approaches to Biodiversity Conservation, Governance, Health, and Food Security

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Join the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change & Security Program, in partnership with USAID’s Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) project, for a three-part virtual series to hear from researchers and practitioners on lessons learned and entry points for action in the integration of biodiversity conservation, governance, public health, and food security.

Sound management of natural resources is integral to a country’s development, resilience, and self-reliance. By promoting development that benefits both nature and people, biodiversity conservation activities can strengthen development impact and the capacity of countries to manage their natural resources, improving their self-reliance.

Please join the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program, in partnership with USAID’s Biodiversity Results and Integrated Development Gains Enhanced (BRIDGE) project, for a three-part virtual series to hear from researchers and practitioners on lessons learned and entry points for action in the integration of biodiversity conservation, governance, public health, and food security.

Health, Nutrition, and Ecosystem Services

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 9:30 am–11:00 am

Moderated by Shawn Baker, Chief Nutritionist, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with an introduction by Jeff Haeni, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, USAID.

Panel Speakers

  • Barbara Best, Former Senior Coastal Resource Management and Policy Specialist, USAID
  • Amy Ickowitz, Team Leader, Sustainable Landscapes & Livelihoods, Center for International Forestry Research
  • Taylor Ricketts, Professor and Director, Gund Institute for Environment, University of Vermont

Health, Nutrition, and Ecosystem Services is the first panel in a three-part “Building Bridges” virtual series to hear from researchers and practitioners on lessons learned and entry points for action in the integration of biodiversity conservation, governance, public health, and food security.

Governance, Natural Resource Management, and “Thinking and Working Politically”

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Moderated by Derick Brinkerhoff, Distinguished Fellow Emeritus, RTI International, with an introduction by Kyle Rearick, Forestry and Biodiversity Advisor, USAID.

Panel Speakers

  • Suzanne Kelly-Lyall, Founder, Wildcat Research & Advisory Services, LLC.
  • Rachel Kleinfeld, Senior Fellow, Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
  • Diane Russell, President, SocioEcological Strategies, Inc.

Cross-Sectoral Collaboration for Stronger Conservation and Development Outcomes

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 | 9:30 am–11:00 am

Moderated by Tony Pryor, Senior Programming Advisor, Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning, USAID, with an introduction by Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor, Business Administration; Unit Head, Negotiation, Organizations & Markets, Harvard Business School.

Panel Speakers

  • Francesca Gino, Tandon Family Professor, Business Administration; Unit Head, Negotiation, Organizations and Markets, Harvard Business School
  • Josh Goldstein, Bridge Collaborative Director, The Nature Conservancy
  • James Watson, Development Diplomat in Residence, South Region, USAID

Please note: These are webcast events. The live stream will be available on this webpage the day of the event. There will be no physical meeting at the Wilson Center.

About BRIDGE: For the past five years, BRIDGE has supported the second goal of USAID’s Biodiversity Policy, to “integrate biodiversity as an essential component of human development.” BRIDGE collaborates with USAID missions and regional and technical bureaus to identify and promote integrated programming approaches and contribute to the evidence base for integration.

About the Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP): ECSP explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy.