SNAPP TEAM:Faith and Conservation
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How can conservation and faith groups work more effectively together to reach shared environmental and social goals?

Partnerships between conservation and faith groups have immense potential to tangibly improve outcomes for nature and people. They can provide greater scientific capacity for faith-based conservation efforts, increase the constituency of conservation groups, and expand conservation and human wellbeing outcomes. However, many conservation organizations and religious groups rarely engage the other, and even when they do, partnerships may wane over time. A more systematic approach is needed that directly engages both the conservation and religious communities to find common ground in their goals and to secure enduring and fruitful partnerships.

OUR APPROACH: This group convened key stakeholders from conservation and faith communities to improve coordination among conservation practitioners, faith leaders, and boundary organizations, provide greater scientific capacity to faith-based conservation efforts, and clarify current trends and information/capacity needs in the development of faith/conservation partnerships.

Team Status: COMPLETED
Team Critical Challenge: Natural Climate Solutions

Convening of Global Faith and Environmental Leaders

This group held one meeting that convened faith and environmental leaders to explore opportunities for a lasting partnership to respond to pressing global challenges. The meeting was held in November of 2015 in the medieval Palace of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lambeth Palace, across the River Thames from the Houses of Parliament. The meeting was opened officially by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. It brought together faith and conservation leaders from around the world, including China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, India, Maldives, Kenya, Italy, USA, and UK.

Key Products
Enlisting faith in the fight to save the planet

This news article describes how the globe’s religious faiths are taking action on behalf of the environment.

Letter of conscience from French President Francois Hollande to Paris COP21 attendees

This SNAPP team helped to inspire a “Letter of Conscience” to heads of state at the 2015 Paris Climate Change COP.

Pilgrim cities around the world go greener

“Faithful Cities – pilgrims for a living planet” is a partnership between faith and conservation organizations which works with the major pilgrimage cities of the world to help them implement sustainable strategies

Why conservation needs religion

This paper argues that a more systematic approach is needed that directly engages religious communities in conservation activities.

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Elizabeth McLeod
The Nature Conservancy
Martin Palmer
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Adam Taylor
The World Bank
Chantal Elkin
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Charles Odira
Commission of Ecumenism
Chris Elisera
Creation Care
Chris Naylor
A Rocha International
Claudia He
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Dan Misleh
Catholic Climate Covenant
Dave Livermore
The Nature Conservancy
Dekila Chungyalpa
World Wildlife Fund
Elizabeth Allison
California Institute of Integral Studies
Fachrudin Mangunjaya
Conservation International
Fletcher Harper
Gopal Patel
Bhumi Project
He Xiaoxin
University of Manchester
Husna Ahmed
World Muslim Leadership Forum
John Grim
Yale University
Katharine Hayhoe
ATMOS Research
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Yale University
Peter Clyne
Wildlife Conservation Society
Peter Wheeler
The Nature Conservancy
Phil Tabas
The Nature Conservancy
Pippa Moss
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
Sally Bingham
Canon for the Environment in the Episcopal Diocese of California
Sanjay Rattan
Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
Tony Whitten
Flora Fauna International
Victoria Finlay
Alliance of Religions and Conservation
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