A win-win for human and environmental health:
How conservation programmes can be strengthened by meeting family planning needs
One Great George Street, Westminster, UK | 10 July 2017 | 15h00 – 18h00 (including a brief reception after the presentations)
The event will feature a discussion on the importance of considering family planning actions not only as essential for the health and empowerment of girls and women, but also as fundamental for the success of conservation programmes.
UN projections of the population of Africa foresee a rise from around 1 billion today, to around 4 billion by 2100. The event asks whether many traditional conservation projects can possibly be successful in the long term if this reality is not taken into account in conservation programming.
The event will feature a discussion on “Population, Health & Environment” programmes which integrate conservation and family planning actions, have taken these demographic realities into account, and have been demonstrated to lead to greater conservation, health and gender outcomes than single sector “conservation” projects. These Population, Health & Environment programmes look likely to become increasingly significant and are gaining some traction.
A range of brief presentations will be provided, highlighting how family planning can (or has already) been included in a diverse range of conservation programmes, and why more conservationists need to do so. Speakers will be from Pathfinder International (the international reproductive health NGO behind perhaps the largest integrated family planning / conservation programme, situated around the Lake Victoria basin), the Population Media Centre, Population Reference Bureau and Blue Ventures (the most well-known NGO implementing the integrated approach), as well as, of course, us here at the Trust. Former DFID Secretary of State (at the time of the 2012 London Summit) Rt. Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP will be the moderator.
For more information and how to register for the event, please contact Carina Hirsch, Advocacy and Projects Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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