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Measuring What Matters

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The wellbeing and happiness of people and the animals they live and work with are deeply intertwined. In their new report, Measuring What Matters: True Wellbeing for Animals and People, researchers from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) investigate the ways people are impacted by lives of the animals around them. They find that making the welfare of animals a part of social, environmental, and economic policies can have profound benefits for people.
Join us and speakers from IFAW, the Jane Goodall Institute, Brooke, and George Mason University to explore case studies of how caring for great apes in Tanzania, dogs in Bosnia, and working equines across Africa and India has in turn helped people and communities to prosper.
After the event, enjoy a light reception with the panelists.

This conversation is part of the ongoing “Managing Our Planet” series, jointly developed by George Mason University and the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute and Environmental Change and Security Program. The series, now in its fifth year, is premised on the fact that humanity’s impacts are planetary in scale and require planetary-scale solutions.

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  • Beth Allgood

    US Country Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare


  • Roger-Mark De Souza

    Global Fellow and Advisor
    Former Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience


  • A. Alonso Aguirre

    Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Policy Department Chair, George Mason University
  • Kate Nattrass Atema

    Program Director, International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Shawn Sweeney

    Senior Director of Community Engagement, Jane Goodall Institute
  • Kimberly Wells

    Senior Welfare Advisor, Brooke