CARE Knows How to Play with Pandas

CARE Knows How to Play with Pandas

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Cute, cuddly, rotund bears. And planet-loving, eco-wise, and wicked smart colleagues. That’s what CARE knows about pandas – or Pandas, if you’re talking about staff at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Since 2008, CARE has collaborated in a formal Alliance with WWF around the shared vision of healthy people and a healthy planet. With over 100 years of experience between us, working in developing countries, CARE and WWF both know how much people in poverty depend on the environment for their livelihoods: their food, their incomes, their houses, their safety from natural disasters. And we know how much the environment needs people to protect it.

Our flagship project on the northern coast of Mozambique partners with communities facing hunger, environmental degradation, and the impacts of a changing climate. The communities in Primeiras e Segundas – a chain of islands off the coast – rely on fishing and farming to feed their families and earn an income. But the communities were facing decreased fish catches and depleted soils: meaning smaller or fewer meals today and diminishing livelihood prospects for tomorrow. CARE and WWF have engaged the communities to restore the environment that underpins their livelihoods and to improve their catches and harvests: so they can eat better today and tomorrow.

But in the face of global dynamics – when over 800 million people are chronically hungry; when we use more of the planet’s resources every year than the planet can replace; when global population is projected to reach 9.6 billion by 2050; when the impacts of climate change bear down on us – with these interrelated and challenging dynamics, our work must go beyond a province in one country. CARE and WWF are thus committed to working across both organizations – on research, program, and advocacy – to learn from and with each other, pilot new approaches, and promote better policies. Our work today is in support just and sustainable food systems, that ensure everyone can access enough nutritious food and that the planet can support a growing population today and in the years to come.

This collaboration isn’t always easy: when a child is hungry, we can’t expect a parent to choose protecting fisheries over feeding their child. The goals of healthy people and a healthy environment aren’t always perfectly aligned. But we also know that if fisheries are depleted, that child might eat today but won’t tomorrow. There are trade-offs between today and tomorrow, between people and the environment. Our challenge is find a middle ground for today that reaps healthy people and ecosystems tomorrow.

CARE & WWF remain committed to working through these challenges, to learning from each other, and to advancing sustainability and social justice. We’ll take on the hard work as CARE and WWF – those pandas are cuddly, but don’t be fooled: they’ll take on a fight when they need to. And so will CARE. We’ll fight for social justice and a healthy planet because we know that if we are to feed and nourish today’s population and tomorrow’s without destroying the planet, we must. So bring it on.

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Abiba Ussene and Chugue Chugo move through the man-made saltwater fish farm spearheaded by CARE and the World Wildlife Fund.