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Population, Health, and Environment Approaches in Tanzania

“Quality of life, human health, food security, and biodiversity are all connected,” said Elin Torell, research associate for the BALANCED Project and the University of Rhode Island Coastal Resource Center.

Book Launch: 'Human Population: Its Influences on Biodiversity'

Measurements of "human population density and growth can be used to identify changes in the viability of native species, and more directly, in changes in ecological systems or habitat quality," said Richard Cincotta, consultant at the Environmental Change and Security Program and demographer-in-residence at the Stimson Center, speaking at the book launch of Human Population: Its Influence on Biological Diversity.

Integrating Development: A Livelihood Approach to Population, Health, and Environment Programs

Rural communities in developing countries understand that high population growth rates, poor health, and environmental degradation are connected, said Population Action International's Roger-Mark De Souza.

Coffee and Contraception: Combining Agribusiness and Community Health Projects in Rwanda

"Population pressures and diminishing land holdings--due to high fertility rates, war and genocide, and subsequent migration--have caused a rapid decrease in the forested and protected areas and increased soil infertility and food insecurity" in Rwanda, USAID's Irene Kitzantides told a Wilson Center audience.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: The Burning Season

Every year there is a burning season in Indonesia. Areas of rainforest the size of Denmark are cut down and set alight by farmers and corporations to develop palm oil plantations. Not only is the habitat of critically endangered orangutans destroyed, but new scientific evidence also shows that deforestation comprises 20 percent of global carbon emissions, contributing significantly to climate change. The Burning Season is the story of a remarkable achievement by one young man not afraid to single-handedly confront the biggest challenge of our time.

And on the Last Day, Plant a Tree: Photography Exhibition by Prince Hussain Aga Khan

The photography exhibition introduced visitors to the activities of the Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan Fund for the Environment, the environmental program of the Aga Khan Development Network. Prince Hussain Aga Khan's photographs bring vibrant, lively images of nature and animals, drawing focus to the subject rather than the picture's angle or style. His photographs portray the urgent need for environmental stewardship, challenging viewers to pursue global initiatives on biodiversity, deforestation, global warming, pollution and eco-tourism.

Demography, Environment, and Conflict in Indonesia and India

"Indonesia's forest loss continues more or less unabated, despite global concern for the resource and forest-dependent people, as well as a wealth of knowledge about the problems and solutions: poor governance, corruption, perverse incentives in the industrial sector," said AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow Steve Rhee.

The Challenge for Africa: A Conversation With Wangari Maathai

"Almost every conflict in Africa you can point at has something to do with competition over resources in an environment which has bad governance," said Wangari Maathai, founder of the Green Belt Movement and recipient of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize, at an April 13, 2009, event co-sponsored by the Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program and Africa Program and the International Gateway at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center.