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USAID’s Commitment To Nature Protection Benefits Development

Huffington Post: Bringing Conservation and Development Together
Mark Tercek, president and CEO of the Nature Conservancy

“Development and conservation are often viewed as separate or even opposing needs. The truth is, we simply won’t be successful in addressing either the world’s economic or environmental challenges unless we bring them together more often. … [USAID’s new Biodiversity Policy] shows that USAID invests in conservation because it works. Sustainability is good business. … I applaud USAID for recommitting to nature protection, and for articulating the important connections between conservation and human development. We’ll need a world where communities and businesses develop sustainably and with nature in mind” (8/25).