In the face of immediate global challenges, we need to unite strengths. That's why we work in several multi-year partnerships to implement solutions and manage our diverse portfolio of conservation projects around the world.
Shared Resources Joint Solutions
Around the world, ecosystems and the services they provide are under pressure. During this 5-year partnership, we work together with WWF Netherlands (Wereld Natuur Fonds) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen the capacity of local NGOs and civil society organisations in 16 low- and middle-income countries to join forces with the public and private sector to protect climate resilience, the water supply and food security. Shared Resources Joint Solutions is one of the 25 strategic partnerships in the policy framework ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Green Livelihoods Alliance
The Green Livelihoods Alliance is a strategic partnership between IUCN NL, Milieudefensie, Tropenbos International and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During this 5-year partnership, we work closely with civil society organizations and communities in amongst others DR Congo, Bolivia and Indonesia to bring about inclusive and sustainable governance of forested landscapes. Forested landscapes form the cornerstone of the livelihoods of about 1.2 billion people. They provide clean water, fertile soil for food production and are pivotal for a stable climate. By facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogues between civil society, companies and governments, we aim to improve policies and practices to protect forested landscapes. The Green Livelihoods Alliance is one of the 25 strategic partnerships in the policy framework ‘Dialogue and Dissent’ of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Save Atewa forest
Since 2014, together with Ghanaian partner organization A Rocha, we are advocating for protection of Atewa forest in Ghana. This internationally recognized unique piece of nature is home to a wide variety of rare plants and animals, among which the Critically Endangered white-naped mangabey. It is also crucial to the water supply of more than five million people in Ghana. However, the forest is steadily degrading due to timber and non-timber harvesting, hunting and the encroachment of farms and gold mines. An additional threat is the intention of the Ghanaian government to open up the forest for bauxite mining. To protect this valuable forest, we support A Rocha Ghana in their plea to increase the protection status of this area to National Park.
The project Living water from the mountain – Protecting Atewa water resources is part of the Ghana Netherlands WASH Program and is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Defending environmental defenders
Defending environmental defenders is an alliance of IUCN NL, Milieudefensie, Friends of the Earth International and Global Witness. The alliance improves safety of environmental defenders at risk in Colombia, Peru, DR Congo, Indonesia and the Philippines. Together with local partners, we work on better registration of incidents, we implement safety trainings and measures, we provide legal support and bring people to safety in case of emergency. We also advocate for strengthening environmental defender’s rights on the highest policy level. Defending environmental defenders is made possible by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
The jaguar is the last of the five big cats that is not yet listed as endangered. However, they are increasingly being poached for their teeth in countries like Bolivia, Suriname and Guyana. The project Operation Jaguar wants to put an end to the poaching and illegal trade in jaguar parts. By exposing the criminal networks and bringing them to justice, we want to combat this wildlife crime. We also support local conservationists in protecting jaguar habitat by keeping poachers out, allowing this top predator to continue to play its important role in the ecosystem. Operation Jaguar is a joint project of IUCN NL, IFAW, Elephant Action League and ARTIS, and made possible by the Dutch Postcode Lottery.
Combating illegal wildlife trade in the Greater Virunga Landscape
Wildlife crime has a major impact on biodiversity and compromises the security of communities. With EU support, IUCN NL works with IFAW and Virunga National Park to strengthen cross-border community participation in combating illegal wildlife trade in the Greater Virunga Landscape and its protected areas in Uganda and DRC. We aim to contribute to the stabilization, sustainable development and management of this important cross-border nature reserve for future generations.
Dutch Agro-Water Climate Alliance
The Dutch Agro-Water Climate Alliance unites companies, NGOs and governments to support business cases that counter causes and impacts of climate change.
Climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. It is closely interlinked with issues such as water, food and energy security. Governments are committed to mobilize private sector finance in order to support climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives in developing countries.
The Dutch Agro-Water Climate Alliance (DAWCA) helps companies in the water and agrofood sectors to search for new ways to reduce climate-related risks in their value chains and to access climate finance. Initiatives are prioritized that strengthen the role of ecosystems and local communities in climate change adaptation. DAWCA works with individual or groups of companies. DAWCA receives financial support from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Horn of Africa wildlife crime prevention program
Poaching and illegal wildlife trade are pushing species like rhino and elephant to the brink of extinction. To prevent the loss of these species, IUCN NL works together with partners to combat wildlife crime in the Horn of Africa. With financial support from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Netherlands Ministry of Economic Affairs, we work with Rift Association of Land Owners (SORALO), Horn of Africa Regional Environment Centre and Network (HoA-REC&N) and IFAW to prevent and combat wildlife crime.
SUSTAIN-Africa is an initiative to implement Sustainable Development Goals in African growth corridors. The aim is to facilitate greening of growth that is inclusive and climate-resilient. The initiative is implemented at the local, national and continental levels, linking practice on the ground to policy change at corridor and Africa-wide levels. It integrates water, land and ecosystem management with sustainable business to demonstrate inclusive green growth using the landscapes approach. The SUSTAIN alliance consists of IUCN, IUCN NL, African Wildlife Foundation and SNV and is funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Mono Delta Transboundary Biosphere Reserve
The delta of the Mono river on the border of Togo and Benin is rich in nature and provides, among other things, the habitat for a population of threatened hippos. However, there are also many people living in the area, who grow their crops on the riverbanks. This leads to human wildlife conflict. In order to reduce conflicts and protect the hippos in the area, cooperation between the two countries is necessary. We have therefore been working together with the German development agency GIZ, the Beninese and Togolese authorities and local partner organizations to create the Mono Transboundary Biosphere Reserve, which was recognized by UNESCO in 2017. This reserve not only protects the habitat of the hippopotamus but also protects endangered forest, swamp and coastal ecosystems and the species living there.
Our focus is now on involving the private sector as a major actor in more sustainable practices in and around the reserve. We also aim to ensure that core areas of the reserve are included in local and national policies and regulations as legally recognized interventions for climate adaptation.
Maatschappelijk Programma Natuurlijk Kapitaal
The coalition Maatschappelijk Programma Natuurlijk Kapitaal (MPNK) aims to incorporate natural capital in the decisions of companies, financial institutions, NGOs and governments. Partners in the coalition are the NBA (The Royal Netherlands Institute of Chartered Accountants), VNO-NCW (The Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers), MVO Nederland (CSR Netherlands), IUCN National Committee of The Netherlands (IUCN NL) and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy.
One Planet Thinking
One Planet Thinking is an initiative from WWF in cooperation with IUCN NL and others (i.e. Eneco). It supports companies and governments to work within the safe boundaries of our planet. It offers a fundamentally new approach with the resilient planet as normative reference point. The program brings science and practice (companies) together.
The Green 11 supports Dutch conservation and environmental organizations in their public affairs. The Green 11 aims to increase the impact of the advocacy efforts of its members with the Dutch parliament. The following organizations are a member of the Green 11: Greenpeace, IUCN NL, IVN, LandschappenNL, Milieudefensie, Natuur & Milieu, Natuur en Milieufederaties, Natuurmonumenten, SoortenNL, Stichting De Noordzee, Vogelbescherming Nederland, Waddenvereniging, and WWF-Netherlands.
Forum on Forests
The Forum on Forests is a periodic meeting of professionals who are active in the fields of policy, research, management and protection with regard to forests worldwide, and is organized twice a year by IUCN NL.
The Forum on Forests is aimed at promoting the dialogue on forest protection and sustainable forest management matters. The meetings enable participants to exchange information on current developments in the field of international forest management and policy, (e.g. UN Forum on Forests, UNFCCC, FLEGT, Convention on Biological Diversity, REDD), and encourage and strengthen concrete initiatives for the benefit of forest management and preservation. A recurring element in the Forum on Forests is the policy update on forests provided by the Dutch ministries involved.
The Forum on Forests focuses on scientific institutes, NGOs, government, businesses and consultants employed within the sector. The meetings are chaired by René Boot of Tropenbos International.
Dutch Soy Coalition
The Dutch Soy Coalition is made up of eight Dutch organizations: Both ENDS, IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, Milieudefensie (Friends of the Earth Netherlands), Solidaridad, Stichting Natuur & Milieu (the Netherlands Society for Nature and Environment), Wetlands International and WWF-Netherlands. The Dutch Soy Coalition works with organizations in soy producing and consuming countries to reduce the negative social and environmental impacts of soy. Its activities focus on the three R’s: (1) replacing soy in animal feed, (2) reducing consumption of soy and (3) making the soy chain more responsible. The Dutch Soy Coalition was founded in 2004.