Buddhist nuns and monks learn tree husbandry in Cambodia
• encourage people of faith to engage in direct conservation action as an expression of their teachings
• give religious leaders the opportunity to participate in stakeholder discussions and, through this, to improve the design and sustainability of investment projects and the content of World Bank policy documents
• mediate theological investigations of environment, earth and their practical implications,
publish appropriate materials
• facilitate faith-based public advocacy on conservation and interfaith dialogues
As part of the project in 2003 ARC produced a book, Faith in Conservation, for the World Bank. It was launched in November 2003 by the President of the World Bank in Washington DC. It outlines many of the projects with the Bank but equally importantly, it outlines ARC’s philosophy and all the faith statements as a contribution to ARC’s wider work.
The Faith and Biodiversity project is not the only initiative within the World Bank relating to faiths. The World Faiths Development Dialogue, co-chaired by the World Bank President and the Archbishop of Canterbury, came out of the Lambeth meeting organised by ARC to bring together faith leaders and with the World Bank to discuss sustainable development.