WWF Talks about Sustainable Development

Jim Leape, WWF Director General, discusses environmental concerns and sustainable development.

9 March 2012 -- World Wide Fund for Nature Director General Jim Leape spoke about WWF’s definition of sustainable development and argued that nature’s assets should be treated as capital to be preserved for future generations.

Speaking at ADB’s Eminent Speaker’s Forum on 5 March 2012,  Leape highlighted the opportunities of working with ADB, CSOs, and governments in Asia and the Pacific while encouraging more private sector participation in environmental management.

"Sustainability is about limits and finding ways to live within those natural limits," Leape said.

Since 2001, WWF has worked in partnership with ADB. This collaboration has been fundamental to the success of regional environmental initiatives including the Coral Triangle Initiative, the Heart of Borneo Initiative, and the Greater Mekong Subregion Core Environment Program and the Biodiversity Corridors Initiative.

Leape met with ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda and senior management to discuss how to further strengthen the partnership and explore new opportunities for promoting green growth at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, also known as Rio+20, in Brazil in June 2012.