Barbara Bramble is Senior Advisor for International Affairs at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). At the National Wildlife Federation she has three main responsibilities:
- She monitors the ongoing negotiations for an international climate change agreement, and lobbies for the key provisions on international cooperation that must be contained in any new US climate law if our country is to participate in the expected “global deal;”
- She leads a groundbreaking project to reduce tropical deforestation, one of the largest sources of global warming pollution, in key countries such as Brazil and Indonesia where land is often cleared to produce agricultural commodities for export to our markets here at home; and
- She helped to establish and now serves as the chair of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biofuels, a global initiative to produce voluntary “sustainability” standards for biofuels, which will soon announce a certification system to enable buyers to identify and purchase “better biofuels”.
Over the last two decades at NWF, Ms. Bramble, who founded and directed NWF’s International Affairs department, helped to place sustainable development, biodiversity conservation and other environmental issues in the center of economic decision-making. She built international citizen campaigns to reform the environmental and social policies of international financial institutions such as the World Bank, and to advocate for international trade agreements that promote, rather than frustrate, sustainable development. In addition, Ms. Bramble has helped develop voluntary certification (“green label”) systems to promote sustainable forest and agriculture products. She also established NWF’s program during the 1990’s to promote increased U.S. contributions to voluntary family planning and education for girls and women.
As part of the World Bank reform campaign, Ms. Bramble met and promoted the work of Amazon forest martyr Chico Mendes during the 2 years before his death; and appeared in and assisted the making of the award winning film series, The Decade of Destruction, about the opening of the Brazilian Amazon to settlers and developers. She served on the committee to organize the NGO Forum, one of the central events of the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and then the Rio + 5 Conference in 1997. More recently, Ms. Bramble worked with Mexican NGOs to enhance their advocacy and environmental education skills. Ms. Bramble serves on the boards of several non-profit organizations in Mexico, Brazil and the U.S. She is the immediate past chair of the Board of the [Forest Stewardship Council] of the U.S., which promotes responsible forest management through a respected certification system for timber and other forest products.
Before joining NWF, Ms. Bramble served as legal advisor to the Council on Environmental Quality in the Executive Office of the President, and as an environmental lawyer in private practice. Her J.D. is from George Washington University, and B.A. is from George Mason University. Ms. Bramble has lived in Latin America for almost 5 years and speaks both Spanish and Portuguese.
- “Non-governmental Organizations and the Making of U.S. International Environmental Policy” co-authored with Gareth Porter, in The International Politics of the Environment, edited by Andrew Hurrell and Benedict Kingsbury, Clarendon Press, Oxford, 1992.
- "Swapping Debt for Nature?" in Hemisphere. Vol. One, No.1, Fall, 1988.
- “Financial Resources for the Transition to Sustainable Development” in Earth Summit 2002: A New Deal, edited by Felix Dodds, Earthscan Publications, London, 2000.
- “Biofuels: Friend or Foe?” World Conservation, July 2007.
- Forthcoming: “Financing the Low Carbon Transition in Developing Countries: the role of the Multi-lateral Development Banks” in Climate and Energy Insecurity: A challenge to Peace, Security and Development, edited by Felix Dodds, Earthscan Publications, London, 2009.
- Barbara Bramble was interviewed for the film: Buyer be Fair, The Promise of Product Certification