Jamie Bechtel speaks at Kathryn Fuller Symposium

Jamie Bechtel speaks at Kathryn Fuller Symposium

Forces for Nature: The Power of Communities to Protect the Planet
November 13, 2013 | National Geographic Society | Washington, D.C.

Around the world, local communities and indigenous peoples depend on natural resources such as forests, wildlife, and water for their ways of life. These communities are often found caught in the middle as growing global demands threaten their resource base. The 2013 Fuller Symposium explored how local and indigenous communities can empower themselves by managing their own natural resources—and in turn become a global force for conservation.

Speakers from around the world engaged in active discussion around topics including local responses to forces like land grabbing and climate change, evaluation of community conservation impacts, new technologies for catalyzing social movements, private-sector initiatives, and global policy opportunities. The annual Fuller Symposium convenes thought leaders in science, policy, conservation, and development to discuss innovative approaches to complex issues facing our planet. This one day event took place on November 13, 2013 at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.