Food, Water & Energy Security

Food, Water & Energy Security

From fish and medicinal herbs to potable water and firewood, the overwhelming majority of the world’s poor rely on their environments to provide food, energy and water—vital resources that are increasingly compromised and degraded by deforestation, climactic changes, overexploitation and population pressures.  The instability and degradation of these crucial resources most greatly impacts rural women, who account for the majority of the rural poor, disproportionately rely on natural resources, and are living in ever more vulnerable ecosystems.

Where these resources are declining, women must devote more time to gathering water, food and energy; this means less time to educate their children, grow crops or start businesses.  Further, resource degradation has deeply adverse affects on both human and environmental well being, forcing families to exploit less healthy and less sustainable practices to substitute those that had previously sustained their livelihoods and, in some cases, forcing families to sell a daughter into prostitution or slavery.

Despite women’s role as the primary users of natural resources, conservation practitioners often overlook their immense potential as stewards of environmental sustainability and development programs routinely neglect their voices and needs.  At New Course we recognize the powerful role that women can play in renewing and stabilizing their environments and the resources their communities depend on.  Where women are engaged, a full picture of a community’s resource needs can be seen, more effective solutions can be developed, and sustainable natural resource management that secures both local environments and communities’ livelihoods can be fostered.  Further, once the resources that women depend on are stabilized, the benefits that women accrue pay out dividends to entire communities, allowing more children to receive education, greater agricultural yields, as well as increased economic growth.

Improving Watershed Management in Kenya and Uganda

New Course and The Green Belt Movement are partnering to unlock women’s potential in natural resource management and in climate change mitigation an

At-Risk Species and Habitats

Preserving endangered species and their habitats is not as simple as merely establishing protected areas.  Often these areas are also home to rural p


Watersheds are invaluable for local communities as well as for the downstream human and wildlife populations whose habitats, villages and cities rely


Forests provide vital resources and supplement the livelihoods of over a billion people living in extreme poverty throughout the world, the majority o


Hundreds of millions of people rely on small-scale fisheries for survival, nearly half of which are women.  These fisheries are often the cornerstone

Climate Change

Predictions for our changing climate paint an alarming picture—rising sea levels, changing weather patterns, and increased incidences of natural dis