In Print and Online
Category: Partnerships in Conservation
Authors: Richard Margoluis, Cheryl Margoluis, Katrina Brandon, Nick Salasky
Organization: Biodiversity Support Program
Number of pages: 55, with Photographs, Suggested Readings and References
Eco-Index Summary: The Biodiversity Support Program designed this study to answer these two questions: What are the characteristics of effective conservation alliances and their member organizations? What are the key principles that can help organizations work together more effectively? The authors analyzed the 20 projects supported by the Biodiversity Conservation Network, all in Southeast Asia and the Pacific, in order to test "Conventional Wisdom" -- what we generally believe to be crucial ingredients for organizational success. Some of their findings are unexpected, running counter to the "conventional wisdom." Check the end of the report for a summary of findings, which is followed by a helpful checklist of what your organization should consider before it joins an alliance.
Authors: Suellen Lowry and Rabbi Daniel Swartz
Organization: The Biodiversity Project
Date of publication: May 2001
Number of pages: 117, with Glossary and Bibliography
Eco-Index Summary: This recently updated and expanded outreach guide emphasizes the value of partnerships between the environmental and the religious community and helps environmental leaders open dialogues and build bridges with the faith community. The handbook contains practical, specific advice about how to find members of the spiritual community with whom to work; the tone to take with them; examples of activities on which religious and secular environmental activists may wish to partner; Ten Hot Topics; key "How To" tips for outreach; an overview of the various types of partnerships that have been forged; and a list of helpful resources currently available. Although the report focuses on United States-based religious organizations, the information it provides should be useful when forging similar relationships in other countries as the many suggestions for ways environmental groups can help their religious community partners focus on environmental issues can be adapted fairly easily. The handbook also includes insights from many others in the religious and conservation worlds, primarily from Christian and Jewish faith traditions, background information on numerous faith-based organizations, theological and historical roots, scriptural quotes, and quotes from other faith traditions.