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Source: World Wildlife Fund – Press Release/Statement:

Headline: WWF Statement on President Trump’s Foreign Assistance Budget Cuts

  • Date
    March 16, 2017
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  • In This Press Release

In response to significant foreign assistance funding reductions proposed in the President’s FY2018 budget request, World Wildlife Fund (WWF) released the following statement from president and CEO Carter Roberts:

“Fostering global stability is one of the most cost-effective ways to ensure our own national security. Conservation and sustainable development lie at the heart of that work. History tells us failing ecosystems and dwindling natural resources correlate with the collapse of societies and the movement of people and refugees.
 
“While less than one percent of federal spending, foreign assistance delivers an oversized impact. These funds have supported sustainable development around the world for decades. Cracking down on wildlife crime makes it harder for militant groups to fund their criminal activities. Ensuring natural resources are sustainably managed and legally harvested benefits everyone. And preparing local communities for a changing climate fosters global stability.”