Future Generations Fall Newsletter 2013

Future Generations
October, 2013

This Fall 2013 newsletter of Future Generations and Future Generations Graduate School features photos and stories on:

  • New President, Everett Ressler
  • Graduation of the Inaugural Kathryn W. Davis Peacebuilding Class
  • Success Mapping and Peer Exchanges in Haiti
  • Partnership-Based Approach for Peru Community Health
  • West Virginia Veteran Friendly Communities
  • Women's Self-Help Groups in India
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Alumnus Kelly Brown of the Heiltsuk Nation Achieves Conservation Results and Secures Rights through Partnerships

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.

Liberia and the Future of Development

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.”


For over two decades, Future Generations has played a significant role in protecting more than 46 million acres of extremely diverse Himalayan habitat at the headwaters of Asia’s great rivers. These conservation successes, including 11 protected areas, are led by community and government partnerships that ensure long-term benefits by harmonizing human wellbeing with ecosystem protection.

Successes have been growing China-wide through the expanded capacity-building and advocacy role of Future Generations China and globally through partnerships with Graduate School alumni and Future Generations organizations in Canada, Afghanistan, Peru, and India.

The Conservation Innovation Team specializes in community-based approaches to nature conservation that build from successes, maximize existing resources, and lead to sustainable outcomes through empowered local partnerships. We identify, cultivate, and scale-up innovations that integrate conservation goals with social change through applied research, field-based demonstrations, training programs, and learning networks. The conservation team focuses on five primary innovation themes:

  1. Capacity development in community-based conservation to scale up local successes
  2. Protected area design and management, focusing on strategies that engage local people and existing political structures for resilient landscapes and communities
  3. Strategies for lands not under conservation management
  4. Community-based strategies for climate change mitigation and adaptation
  5. The integration of conservation with peace building, health, and governance

Below are articles, web pages, and multimedia resources related to Future Generations work in conservation. For more information, contact Traci Hickson, Conservation Innovation Team Leader at traci@future.org.

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