Family planning can prevent unwanted pregnancies, increase birth spacing, and improve women’s reproductive rights. All of this can reduce human populations, theoretically taking pressure off local environments. In recent years, some conservation organizations, seeing a win-win for women and ecosystems alike, have been widening their remits to include the provision of family planning services for local communities. But the path is fraught with controversy.
The organizations involved are diverse. Big players like the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), Conservation International (CI), and the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) have been involved, as have numerous less well-known NGOs. The groups often combine family planning information, contraceptive delivery, and other health services with environmental education in a development framework known as Population, Health, and Environment (PHE)…
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March 31, 2016