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ABCG Brown Bag: Diaspora for Nature: Engaging the Ethiopian diaspora in conservation

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Please join the Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group for a brown bag presentation featuring Yemi Tessema Founder, Diaspora for Nature.
When Jul 09, 2013
from 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM
Where World Wildlife Fund-US, Room 2004A 1250 24th St., NW Washington, DC 20037
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Contact Phone 202-492-7354
Attendees Yemi Tessema
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In 2012, USAID's Biodiversity Analysis and Technical Support (BATS) program commissioned a study to examine the linkages between the U.S.- based African diaspora and conservation in Africa (highlighted in the recent ABCG Thematic Meeting The Role of the African Diaspora in African Nature Conservation). In addition to producing a working paper, the study brought together members of the Ethiopian diaspora working in conservation. An alliance was born of this shared interest and passion - Diaspora for Nature.

Diaspora for Nature is piloting a collaborative working relationship among different Diaspora groups and individuals to support home-country based conservationists, National Parks, and organizations.  During the brownbag session, Yemi will briefly revisit the findings and recommendations of the Diaspora and conservation white paper. She will also present the experiences, opportunities, and challenges faced so far by Diaspora for Nature, and explore how this effort can be scaled up and adopted by other diaspora groups.

About the Speaker:
Yemi Tessema is an independent consultant specializing in natural resources management and conservation. She is also a co-founder of Diaspora for Nature - an organization that works with diaspora groups in the US to support conservation in Africa. Previously, she worked as a Program Manager for the Living Landscapes Program of Wildlife Conservation Society in New York and as a Program Manager for IUCN - The World Conservation Union in Nairobi, Kenya. A native of Ethiopia, Yemi obtained a degree in Biology/Zoology from the University of Eastern Africa in Kenya and a Master of Environmental Management degree (Social Ecology) from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  She currently divides her time between the US, the Middle East, and East Africa.

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