The Heiltsuk Nation, the largest tribe on the coast of British Columbia with proof of settlement dating back more than 10,000 years, has rebounded from invasion and sickness that reduced their population from 20,000 to approximately 198 individuals by 1891. Today, at 2,500 strong, this Nation serves as a role model for negotiating government-to-government partnerships to protect and manage 35,000 square kilometers of their territory covering land and sea.
NOCAL Awards Travel Scholarship to Build Capacity for Community Change and Conservation
Liberia has an energetic community change agent with a brighter vision for his country. Amos Smith, a Master’s candidate of Future Generations Graduate School, believes that more than ever Liberia needs for communities to take ownership of their futures. “Emerging from 14 years of civil war,” he said, “the people of Liberia need a primary role in shaping the conservation and livelihood initiatives that threaten to deepen dependency on foreign aid and investments.”
The Two Decades of Global Impact report highlights the role and achievements of Future Generations since its founding in November 1992. The report highlights key achievements in community-based learning, health, conservation, peacebuilding, and higher education for development practitioners. A summary of key achievements include:
Across the high, dry plateau of the Qomolangma (Mt. Everest) National Nature Preserve, wetlands are valuable to both people and wildlife. In the interest of preserving local livelihoods and protecting wetlands, the Pendeba Society partners with villagers to reduce damage from livestock.
On September 8, 2011 Future Generations China joined more than 100 of China's conservation officials and scholars in Lhasa, Tibet for the 40th Anniversary of the Man and the Biosphere program and the 13th Conference for China's Biosphere Reserves Network (CBRN).
On June 29th, in commendation of its work in the Mt. Everest region, the Pendeba Society received a top prize of 250,000 yuan (U.S. $38, 672) for its Nature Conservation and Community Development project. Presented at Western China’s 2011 Ecological Conservation competition, the Vale Award on Innovative Public Participation is the first innovative nonprofit award to honor and promote ecological conservation in Western China.
To celebrate Afghanistan Environment Week (from June 4-10, 2011), Future Generations Afghanistan organized a three-day awareness program in environmental stewardship at three high schools in Khogyani District of Nangarhar Province.
Thirty teachers from rural schools and 30 local farmers participated in the training to learn basic skills to prevent damage to the environment. In the process, teachers designed an environmental stewardship curriculum that will be taught to more than 2,000 students.
Sea of Forests in the Four Great Rivers region of southeastern Tibet, China
On July 2, 2011, Daniel Taylor, Endowed Professor of Equity and Empowerment for Social Change of the Future Generations Graduate School, and former President of Future Generations from 1992-2010, speaks with China Radio International on conservation challenges and successes in the Tibet Autonomous Region.