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Seventh Generation Institute Returns to Bonaire for

two Free workshops on Women’s leadership and innovative conservation solutions

for professionals, graduate students and community leaders in conservation

October 2019 Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles

with special guest Instructor Julianka Clarenda of Echo Bonaire

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Why Women?

Women bring many unique and needed skills to conservation…

… Skills that are often unrecognized and under-utilized - whether in the US or around the globe. With the many challenges facing nature and people, can we afford under-utilized skills? Can we afford to pass up available and valuable techniques and ideas?

Research has begun looking more closely into how the participation of women at all levels of conservation - including leadership - can affect conservation outcomes. And the early conclusions find that women’s participation improves conservation results (Notes 1, 2 below).

In 2018, Seventh Generation Institute started a new program by, for, and about women in conservation called Women Making Waves for Nature. The initial step was to develop a series of workshops on leadership, collaboration, communication and problem-solving that will be offered to women.

Our first workshop was presented twice on Bonaire in November and December of 2018. Representatives from most of the local conservation non-governmental organizations attended and we are very excited to work with these dedicated conservationists.

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And Why Bonaire?

Bonaire is just the start for this program, but it is a compelling start.

While much of the Caribbean’s nature has been highly altered by tourism, development, intense hurricanes and invasive species, Bonaire has been protecting its nature, both on land and in the ocean, for many years. So the ecosystems there are in good condition, relative to many other places in the Caribbean. It also lies outside the main hurricane belt and at the initiation of large Caribbean basin currents. In sum, Bonaire must remain healthy to serve as a source of thousands of natives species to restore other less well conserved terrestrial and marine ecosystems in the Caribbean.

Read more about the importance of Bonaire’s reefs at Scientific American.

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Program Goals

  1. Increase conservation results by increasing the participation, skills and effectiveness of women in conservation at all levels and in all roles, as is appropriate for their particular culture.

  2. Establish an informal network of women conservationists who share ideas, innovations, and lessons learned into the future.

Summary of Impact to Date

  • Started in late 2018, the first project in this program was a workshop on leadership, communication and collaboration. The workshop was presented twice on Bonaire in December of 2018. Representatives from local conservation organizations attended including Stinapa, Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance, Sea Turtle Conservation Bonaire, Coral Restoration Foundation, Echo Bonaire and Boneiru Duradero.

  • Attendees have formed a group to continue polishing their skills and invited the Institute back for additional workshop topics.

  • A program is also underway to train young women in the US in leadership. The first participant was the intern Chyanne Stowell.

Upcoming Activities

  • Delivering the workshop in additional locations.

  • Developing workshops on additional topics.

  • Expanding this program into on-the-ground projects internationally.

  1. Nathan J. Cook, Tara Grillos, Krister P. Andersson. Gender quotas increase the equality and effectiveness of climate policy interventions. Nature Climate Change, 2019; DOI: 10.1038/s41558-019-0438-4

  2. Leisher et al. Does the gender composition of forest and fishery management groups affect resource governance and conservation outcomes?  A systematic map. Environmental Evidence (2016)5:6