Allan Savory

Practical implementation of SDGs: current best practices

(Recorded @FFA2017)
Duration: 5:30 min

Practical implementation of SDGs: current best practices

Allan Savory
Founder and President, Savory Institute

Allan Savory, born in Zimbabwe and educated in South Africa, pursued an early career as a research biologist and game ranger in the British Colonial Service of Northern Rhodesia (today Zambia) and later as a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe. In the 1960s he made a significant breakthrough in understanding what was causing the degradation and desertification of the world’s grassland ecosystems and, as a resource management consultant, worked with numerous managers on four continents to develop sustainable solutions. He served as a Member of Parliament in Zimbabwe and became leader of the opposition. Exiled in 1979, as a result of his opposition, he immigrated to the United States, where he worked with land managers through his consulting business. In 1992 Savory and his wife, Jody Butterfield, formed a non-profit organization in Zimbabwe, the Africa Centre for Holistic Management and in 2009, Savory, Butterfield, and a group of colleagues co-founded the Savory Institute in Boulder, Colorado. Allan Savory received Australia’s International Banksia Award “for the person or organization doing the most for the environment on a global scale,” and Savory (and the Africa Centre) received the Buckminster Fuller Institute’s Challenge award for work that has “significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.” A TED talk Savory made in 2013 received over 3.4 million views and was voted one of the 50 most intriguing TED talks of all time. The Savory Institute is one of 11 finalists in the Virgin Earth Challenge, a $25 million initiative for the successful commercialization of ways of taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and keeping them out with no countervailing impacts.