To support nature conservation and natural resource management by increasing women’s leadership and participation
The Women in Nature Network (WiNN) is a network of women combining their unique knowledge, skills and talents in order to:
- Conserve biodiversity and natural resources around the world,
- Train and mentor women in conservation science and natural resource management,
- Empower women to manage and conserve natural resources,
- Ensure that the best science is the basis for conservation and development.
The Women in Nature Network is an Associate Group of Global Wildlife Conservation.
The Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations identifies the urgent need to support women in their efforts to conserve natural resources. At the community level women have a tight relationship with natural resources and are well positioned to care for their sustainable management. Women are also more affected by increasing ecosystem degradation, but are often ill prepared to take local leadership roles. Some women have been successful in either achieving leadership positions or in working with communities to develop these capacities. Success must now quickly go beyond isolated local efforts to address surmounting environmental challenges. Networks, where experiences are shared, have proven to leverage efforts, diminish learning curves and catalyze synergies. Linking women working on the management of natural resources at a global level is urgently required.
The Women in Nature Network was founded in 2013 to promote women’s leadership in the sustainable management of natural resources and their conservation. WiNN founding members are affiliated with 10 prestigious institutions working around the globe and have decades of experience in building capacities at the community level. They have become mentors to younger professionals and have reached out to women who hold international positions.
Over the next three years (2015-2018), the Women in Nature Network aims to (a) build women’s leadership through strategic grants and other support for women’s projects and individuals, as well as targeted capacity-building assistance on the ground; (b) exchange women’s experiences through yearly international symposia, bringing international leaders, network founding members, their mentees and project leaders together through symposia and workshops that will strengthen their leadership; and (c) consolidate the network through communication strategies that allow for constant exchange of ideas and documenting experiences.
Founding Members of the Women in Nature Network
Leeanne Alonso, GWC Director of Global Biodiversity Exploration
Martha Hurley, GWC Associate
Ana Liz Flores
Renée González Montagut
Annette Tjon Sie Fat