Afghanistan Governor Habiba Sarabi and WCS conservationists discuss successes in Afghanistan, South Sudan, and Democratic Republic of Congo

OCTOBER 31, 2011 – With ongoing nation-building efforts in Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and most recently, South Sudan, the need to integrate conservation efforts with building democracy, stability, and economic growth is increasing. The Wildlife Conservation Society is pleased to invite you to its first EU panel discussion about conservation in post-conflict areas and how it can benefit local people.

Mr. John Calvelli, Executive Vice President for WCS’s Public Affairs
Governor Habiba Sarabi, Governor, Bamyan Province, Afghanistan
Dr. Paul Elkan, Director of WCS’s South Sudan Program
Dr. Peter Zahler, Deputy Director of WCS’s Asia Programs
Mr. Deo Kurijawinga, WCS Albertine Rift Coordinator, Democratic Republic of Congo
Panel Presentation and Discussion: “Biodiversity Conservation and State Building: Lessons from Afghanistan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo” (RECEPTION TO FOLLOW)


European Parliament
Brussels, Rue Wiertz 60
Spinelli Building, Ground Floor
Members’ Restaurant (Côté Gauche)
Monday, November 21, 2011
18:30 to 21:00
Barbara Helfferich: 32-496-58-38-29;

Barbara Helfferich (Brussels) – 32-496-58-38-29;
Stephen Sautner – 718-220-3682;
John Delaney – 718-220-3275;

The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide.  We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo.  Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony.  WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.