Fostering alliances between conservation and religious groups can lead to improved conditions for both nature and society. This partnership can be very influential because the success of conservation efforts often depends on the ability to change human values and behaviors. Faith-based organizations are common sources and validaters of values and behaviors. Historically, collaborations between conservation and religious groups wane over time, but by providing the proper tools and guidance, long-term partnerships and greater conservation outcomes can be achieved.
The Faith and Conservation Working Group will conduct a workshop “Faith in Conservation: the Future of Religion and Ecology Networks” co-sponsored with the Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC). The workshop, based in London, will bring key people who have helped to design faith-based conservation programs, and researchers whose projects link religion and conservation together to share experiences, successes, failures, hopes, and plans. During the workshop, participants will: 1) identify what guidance and tools are needed to develop and maintain partnerships between conservation and faith groups; 2) synthesize challenges, lessons learned, and best practices to support such partnerships; and 3) develop a handbook for conservation organizations and faith groups to inspire new and existing partnerships and reinforce our collective efforts to protect our planet.
This project is supported by the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), generously funded through founding grants by Shirley and Harry Hagey, Steve and Roberta Denning, Seth Neiman, Angela Nomellini, Ken Olivier, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.