Natural Security Virtual Event Series
The Natural Security Campaign is launching a virtual event series focused on COVID-19 and its impact on conservation efforts globally. The series includes three live video briefings giving important insight into the impact U.S. investments have on international conservation efforts and provide an understanding of the implications for national security here in the United States. The briefings will include perspectives and key knowledge from wildlife health experts, global public health experts, conservationists, protected area managers, indigenous communities and more while focusing on what is at risk due to the current COVID crisis. Experts will provide time for Q&A during each briefing as well.

How Can the U.S. Prevent Future Pandemics
Date: September 17, 11AM ET
This briefing will cover root causes of pandemics providing a high-level overview of the science behind the various drivers of spillover. It will take a deep dive into the various aspects of disease transmission, the “One Health” approach and USAID’s PREDICT program as well as how biodiversity and forest conservation can preserve the barriers that keep zoonotic diseases from more easily jumping to humans. Learn from these leading global experts on how the U.S. can help prevent future pandemics.

Live from Africa: Community-based Wildlife Conservation, the Role of Ecotourism, and the Impacts of COVID-19
Date: September 24, 10AM ET
This briefing will provide a live look into ongoing conservation efforts in Namibia and Kenya, where community-run conservancies supported by the U.S. government have led to recovering wildlife populations, economic growth and opportunities, better rural governance, and higher standards of living. They have also empowered women and youth to become agents of change in these countries. Experts will also discuss how COVID-19 is putting this entire model at risk – as well as longstanding U.S. investments – by drying up the tourism revenues it relies on.

Live from Guatemala: How Community-run Forests are Preventing Deforestation, Providing Economic Opportunities and Promoting Regional Security
Date: October 1, 10AM ET
This briefing will provide a live look into how U.S. investments in sustainable, community-run forest concessions in Guatemala’s Maya Biosphere Reserve have helped local communities halt deforestation and achieve some of the highest incomes and lowest out-migration rates in the country. Experts on the ground will also discuss the challenges of seasonal fires, criminal activities and the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on efforts to protect the Reserve, which is part of the most important tropical forest in the Americas after the Amazon.
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