Conservation International Receives First Grant from PeaceNexus Foundation
ARLINGTON, Va. (Dec. 5, 2018) – Today, Conservation International received a grant from PeaceNexus, a Switzerland-based foundation dedicated to preventing conflict and building peace worldwide. It is the first grant the foundation has awarded an environmental organization and will help further Conservation International’s efforts to link biodiversity conservation and conflict prevention.
PeaceNexus and Conservation International will partner to develop a natural resource management approach that integrates conflict prevention approaches with conservation efforts. Together, they will conduct an organizational assessment of existing capacity and leadership in conflict-sensitive conservation. Following the assessment, Conservation International will develop a three-to-five year action plan to scale and enhance efforts to building peace and preventing conflict in countries including Colombia, Ecuador, Liberia and Peru.
“Forty percent of conflicts within countries and between countries are linked to natural resources. Addressing the roots of conflict helps us and our partners develop better communication, more effective programming and long-term sustainability of our conservation efforts,” said Kristen Walker Painemilla, Senior Vice President, Conservation International Center for Communities and Conservation. “We strongly believe that the adoption of this approach will help to ensure more successful conservation outcomes and impact across our global programs.”
Catriona Gourlay, Executive Director of PeaceNexus said, “Given the stress placed on natural resources, conflict around their management is likely to increase. Working with communities and other stakeholders, Conservation International is well placed to help prevent and mitigate conflict as part of an integrated approach to responsible natural resource management. PeaceNexus is eager to work in partnership with Conservation International to embed a conflict sensitive approach in its operations.”
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”, “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.