Conservation International’s Statement on the President’s FY2018 Budget Request
May 24, 2017
ARLINGTON, Va. (May 24, 2017) – The following is a statement by Peter Seligmann, Conservation International’s co-founder, chairman and CEO, on the President’s FY2018 Budget Request, which would dramatically reduce funding for cost-effective U.S. foreign assistance.
“There is a direct connection between the protection of nature’s assets and America’s economic and national security interests. In flashpoints around the world, the depletion of natural resources such as food and fresh water contributes to instability, conflict, migration, radicalization, and in the worst case, failed states.
“The risks to America’s national and economic security from resource scarcity and wildlife crime are increasingly clear. Strategic investments in international conservation promote effective foreign policy that can mitigate the drivers of violent extremism and transnational organized crime. As nature’s ability to provide essential services becomes further tested, continued U.S. leadership on international conservation funding is essential.
“Congress has consistently expressed strong bipartisan support for international conservation. Conservation International welcomes the opportunity to work with Congress and the Administration on next steps in the FY2018 appropriations process to sustain strategic international conservation investments that promote U.S. jobs and prosperity, and help to ensure the safety and security of the American people.”
About Conservation International
Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International and its groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign, and follow Conservation International’s work on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.