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Invitation to networking dinner for global environmental leaders

28 June 2005

ATTENTION: Environmental reporters and editors

Contact: Cyril Manning
(510) 643-1722 cyril@nature.berkeley.edu

A networking dinner at the University of California, Berkeley, for global environmental leaders. Journalists are invited to join 40 environmental professionals and policy makers from around the world as they discuss sustainable development strategies and build new relationships with local and regional representatives from several dozen U.S. organizations, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Earth Island Institute and Food First.

The international group of environmentalists and policy makers are participating in UC Berkeley's Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program to learn new approaches to tackling the problems of sustainable resource management.

6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, June 29

International House, Golub Home Room, 2nd Floor, 229 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley

Featured participants who will present their work are:

  • David Velasco, director of international marketing for the Union de Ejidos de la Selva and Cafe La Selva, an organic, fair-trade coffee producer, distributor and coffee shop chain based in Chiapas, Mexico

  • Siddique Siddiqui, director of HAASHAR, a Pakistani non-governmental organization (NGO) that works to reform forest policies in that country

  • Anita Paul, co-founder of Grassroots, a Himalayan NGO that works to implement micro-credit and watershed restoration programs

  • Chihenyo Mvoyi, a Kenyan program officer at the World Conservation Union who works to ensure community involvement in cross-border wetlands protection efforts in eastern Africa

The Beahrs Environmental Leadership Program at UC Berkeley, which has just begun its fifth year and will run until July 15, was established at the campus's Center for Sustainable Resource Development with a $1 million gift from UC Berkeley alumni Richard and Carolyn Beahrs. Additional funding has been provided by grants from various foundations and some private donations. For more information or a complete list of 2005 participants, call Cyril Manning at (510) 643-1722.