This week, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) introduced the Global Conservation Act of 2012 to streamline and better direct U.S. resources devoted to international conservation priorities. Congressman Russ Carnahan (D-MO) lent his support to the bipartisan House legislation, while companion legislation was also introduced today in the Senate by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Tom Udall (D-NM).
"The Global Conservation Act puts in place a collaborative, international strategy to better conserve natural resources, increase global stability, and grow economic opportunity," Fortenberry said. America benefits from a more stable world. Laying the framework for a comprehensive resource management strategy among nations, this policy addresses the most serious threats to the world's natural resource and habitat conservation efforts. The legislation allows for better coordination in the resource-based international economy without further indebting our nation during these fiscally challenging times."
The Global Conservation Act aims to expand wildlife habitats worldwide, limit global conflict and instability, and create and protect American jobs without authorizing additional spending. The legislation is supported by numerous organizations, including the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the World Wildlife Fund.
Fortenberry and Carnahan introduced a similar measure in the 111th Congress.