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Faith in Conservation: Lambeth Palace, Nov 2015 | Agenda for Lambeth meeting November 17-18

Agenda for Lambeth meeting November 17-18

Faith in Conservation: the Future of Religion and Conservation Networks, November 17-18, 2015 Lambeth Palace London, UK

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17th November

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/Tea Break

Opening Reflection: The Riddle of Development poem read by Betsy Gaines Quammen

11:30– 12:15 Session One: Expectations, concerns, and motivations Participants share their views on why they are attending and what they are hoping to get out of the workshop and working group more broadly, and personal motivations and values that sustain them in their work. Telling our stories and appreciating and valuing the role of stories in this work.

12:15 – 13:15 Session Two: Historical context - The development and evolution of faith/conservation partnerships

• 12.15 – 12.45: Linking organizations to support faith/conservation partnerships – brokering & catalyzing partnerships between faith/conservation groups; what has changed over the last few decades; what has been learned; future directions (Martin Palmer)

• 12.45 – 13.00: What role has the research community played in partnerships between faith/conservation groups; how should this evolve to meet new challenges and opportunities (Elizabeth Allison)

• 13.00 – 13.15: What do you mean? How differences in worldviews and language need to be explored and honoured (Lizzie McLeod and Martin Palmer)

13.15 - 14.00: Lunch

14.00 - 15.00: Session Three: Why is it important to engage conservation groups and what outcomes from partnerships arise (intended/unintended)? What has been done; how has it worked; what value did working with conservation groups provide; what was the role of the scientific/technical input, if any, how; how was the value of the scientific / technical input perceived? What key stories do we have to tell?

15.00 – 15.30: Tea / Coffee Break

15.30 - 17.00: Session Four: Why is it important to engage faith groups and what outcomes from partnerships arise (intended/unintended)? What has been done; how has it worked; what value did working with faith groups provide; how were faith-based values/expertise incorporated, if any, how; how was the value of the faith based values / expertise perceived? What key stories do we have to tell?

Sponsors: What criteria were used to determine what types of partnerships to fund between conservation/faith groups; how were successful collaborative partnerships defined?

Closing Reflection: Grand Master Choi

18th November

Opening Reflection: poem read by Cara Byington

9.00 – 9:10: Recap of Day 1 and structure for Day 2

9.10 – 10:15: Session Five: Lessons learned and keys to success Breakout groups to discuss successes:

• Using lessons learned from pre-survey, literature, supplemented by input from presentations on Day 1; ID critical elements of successful partnerships/distill best practices (what makes them effective; what makes partnerships last).

• What opportunities, tools, analysis, and/or projects are needed to share lessons learned through conservation/faith communities? What role does media and storytelling have?

10.15 – 10.45: Tea / Coffee

10.45 – 12:20: Session Six: Confronting barriers to successful partnerships:

Breakout groups to discuss barriers:

• Role play of faith leaders and conservation leaders simulating some of the classic misunderstandings, stereotypes, misperceptions of conservation groups and faith groups

• Using list of barriers from previous day, prioritize and address gaps in list. What tools, analysis, and/or projects are needed to break down barriers?

• Challenge of measuring success – need for collaboratively developed indicators

12:30 – 13:00: Optional but recommended: Prayers in the Chapel or Tour of the Gardens

13.00- 13.45: Lunch

13.45- 15.15: Session Seven: Tools/Guidance/Pilot Projects *To be undertaken in small groups and full session

• Prioritize what tools/guidance are needed, using list of tools/guidance from pre-survey and input from presentations

• Discuss guidebook rational and structure (Table of Contents) and process for drafting/refining/rolling-out guidebook (e.g., through networks; publications; websites) and refine TOC and discuss additional considerations

• Identify research needs to catalyze and sustain partnerships between faith/conservation groups (in the board room, in the field, temples, churches)

• Prioritize list of research needs

• Agree and prioritize which tools/guidance/pilot projects WG will move forward and process for WG engagement to do so

• What role will media and narrative play?

15.15 – 15.45: Tea / Coffee

15.45 - 17.00: Session Eight: Short and Long-term vision what do we need to develop now and what is needed over the next 30 years

• Share final list of priority research needs, tools/guidance, pilot projects to collaboratively develop through WG

• What more is needed in the short, medium and long term to support collaborative efforts?

• Consolidation of existing programs, links and networks

• New areas for collaboration/partnerships

• Handing on to the next generation

• Telling the stories of what has happened in order to help the new stories happen

Closing Reflection: Fr Charles Odira


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