Generating positive social impacts
29 - 30 MAY 2014
U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC, USA


Generating positive social impacts

This session will discuss the potential of ecosystem restoration to ensure people’s access to natural resources and ecosystem services as well as to generate income to local communities. It will address topics such as:

  • How to have social support on restoration programs?
  • Raising public awareness about environmental issues to revert the drivers of degradation
  • Capacity building on restoration measures
  • Ensuring food security
  • Enhancing livelihoods
  • Generating income for local communities.
  • Generating alternative livelihoods to mitigate human pressures on ecosystems
  • Formulating incentive mechanisms to stimulate ecosystem conservation and restoration
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Catherine Garreta

Executive Director, Head of External Relations and Partnerships, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)
A graduate of Sciences Po and ENA, Catherine GARRETA has devoted most of her career to development and environment issues. Her assignments have included Head of the Department of Multilateral Affairs at the French Ministry for Development (1993-1996), Head of the French Global Environment Facility (1996-2000), Deputy-Director of the French Coastal Protection Agency (2001-2005), Executive-Director of Iddri (Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales), a Paris-based think-thank dealing with global governance and sustainable development (2005-2008). She joined AFD in 2009 where her responsibilities as Head of Cross-Cutting issues included Sustainable Development Strategy, Climate Change issues and Environment and Social Safeguards. She was appointed in September 2013 Executive Director for External Relations and Partnerships.

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Ben Brown

Senior Ecologist - Blue Forests, Indonesia
After graduating with a B.Sc. from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources specializing in Aquatic Ecology and Environmental Education, Benjamin Brown moved to Indonesia, where he has been living and working since 1995. In 2000, Ben founded a small grassroots NGO called Yayasan Akar Rumput Laut (YARL), based in Yogyakarta, Java. Ben also worked during this time for Mangrove Action Project in Southeast Asia. YARL became MAP-Indonesia in 2007, at the time implementing programs in 7 provinces in Indonesia with 14 field and office staff. Currently MAP-Indonesia is engaged in the 5 year Restoring Coastal Livelihood Project in South Sulawesi. In 2012, MAP-Indonesia joined the consortium Blue Forests, where Ben serves as Senior Ecologist, Co-founder and Developmental Director.
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Sarah Frazee

Chief Executive Officer, Conservation South Africa (CI)
Sarah Frazee is dedicated to global biodiversity conservation with a keen interest in the role of business and economics in conservation. This motivated her eighteen year career with Conservation International. Sarah has worked in Indonesia, the Philippines, Madagascar, and Ghana. After her Masters at University of Cape Town, Sarah became the Director for CI’s programme in South Africa. The programme became an independent NGO, Conservation South Africa in 2010. Sarah now guides a portfolio that focuses on healthy ecosystem’s role in greening economic development, food security and land reform, and building resilience to climate change. In the last five years she has led the design of two large-scale rehabilitation efforts aiming to deliver major social upliftment and job creation outcomes.
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Françoise Gaill

Special advisor,, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Françoise Gaill was in charge of CNRS foreign affairs at the department of life sciences, before chairing the department environment and sustainable development. She was in charge of the CNRS Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE) during the last years. The objective of this institute is to promote and coordinate top-level fundamental research in global ecology, including biodiversity and human-environment interactions. This scientist has been at the head of the “Grenelle de la mer” in charge of research and innovation. She was vice president of Allenvi, a national research consortium dedicated to environmental sciences. She is chair of the national committee for marine and coastal research (COMER) and scientific advisor for the CNRS INEE.
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LEI Guangchun

Dean of School of Nature Conservation, Beijing Forestry University
Dr. Lei is the dean of the School of Nature Conservation at Beijing Forestry University, and the professor in wetland ecology, vice Chairman of National Wetland Science Committee. Dr. Lei received his Ph.D in Population Biology from the University of Helsinki, Finland. He is a specialist in wetland science, ecosystem services, nature reserve management and metapopulation ecology. He has served as Senior Advisor for Asia-Pacific region of the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, Director of Freshwater & Marine Programs at the WWF China Program Office and Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology at Peking University. His awards include the China National TV documentary Award (Golden Prize), the WWF International “Global Conservation Innovation Award” and the China National Forestry Science and Technology Prize.


The Conference has been proposed by

Veolia Institute

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Veolia Institute, environmental think tank dedicated to promoting foresight reflection on interactions between society and the environment

US Water Science and Technology Board

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Agence Française De Développement

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International Union for Conservation of Nature

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