Warzone Conservation in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Alex Dehgan

“For people who have been refugees for the last 30 years, protecting Afghan wildlife was a way of protecting your own identity,” said Alex Dehgan, CEO and founder of Conservation X Labs, who recently spoke at the Wilson Center at the launch of his book, The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation.

Encouraging the Next Generation of Innovative Policymakers

Innovative policy solutions often require fresh perspectives. Toward that end, the Brazil Institute is proud to be collaborating with the Colégio Dante Alighieri in São Paulo in support of Colégio Dante’s GEN initiative. Interdisciplinary Project Practice Learning (IPPL) is more than an interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) initiative because it also integrates history, philosophy, and sociology.

Challenges Linger Three Years after Fatal Dam Collapse in Mariana

Samarco’s Renova Foundation will spend $12 billion reais (approximately $3.1 billion dollars) on repairs for the Fundão dam over the next ten years, 40 percent of which will go towards compensatory measures. In 2018, the president of the foundation, Roberto Waack, affirmed that “repairs have to happen, regardless of their value.”

David Balton on Establishing an International Marine Science Organization

During a Q&A session at the Arctic Circle Korea Forum, former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oceans and Fisheries of the U.S. State Department and Chair of the Senior Arctic Officials Ambassador David Balton floated the idea of establishing an international marine science organization for the Central Arctic Ocean.

The Water Planet: Managing Earth’s Most Precious Resource

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Lauren Herzer Risi, Project Director for the Environmental Change and Security Program, on the recent conference, Water @ Wilson: 50 Years of Water, Conflict, and Cooperation. ECSP and nine co-sponsoring programs convened experts from government, the NGO sector, and academia for a comprehensive look at the first year of the U.S. Global Water Strategy and new research and practice on water, peace, and conflict.

Can the U.S. Serve as an Example in the Management and Promotion of Protected Areas in Chile?

Pablo Neruda wrote in his memoirs, Confieso que he vivido, “those that do not know the Chilean forests, do not know the planet.” It is sufficient to say that Patagonia, which covers about a third of Chile’s total landmass, is one of the many natural gems that the country possesses. It is now gaining more attention, seen as the last frontier of the natural world—free from the pressures of urban life and overwhelming development.

Africa Program Director meets with Dr. Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng, the Director of the African Natural Resources Center at the African Development Bank

On November 20, 2018—Dr. Monde Muyangwa Africa Program Director—and Dr. Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng, the Director of the African Natural Resources Center (ANRC) at the African Development Bank Group met to explore potential opportunities for collaboration around issues related to natural resource governance and management in Africa. 

Dr. Monde Muyangwa and Dr. Cosmas Milton Obote Ochieng were joined by Ms. Ruth Greenspan Bell, a Public Policy Fellow with the Environmental Change and Security Program. 

VIDEO | Earth Challenge 2020

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, we speak with Kathleen Rogers, President of Earth Day Network, and STIP’s Alison Parker about Earth Challenge 2020, the world’s largest coordinated citizen science campaign. They describe how the campaign will engage millions of global citizens to aggregate and collect more than one billion data points from areas including air quality, water quality, biodiversity, pollution, and human health.