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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. 

Green Livelihoods Alliance

The Green Livelihoods Alliance (2020 - 2024) is an alliance of Gaia Amazonas, IUCN NL, Milieudefensie, NTFP-EP, SDI, Tropenbos International and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with technical support from WECF and FERN. In twelve countries in South America, Africa and Asia, as well as internationally, the alliance works with civil society organisations, Indigenous Peoples and local communities to ensure that tropical forests and forest landscapes are sustainably and inclusively governed to mitigate and adapt to climate change, fulfil human rights and safeguard local livelihoods.

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Shared Resources Joint Solutions

Around the world, ecosystems and the services they provide are under pressure. During this 5-year partnership (2016 - 2020), we worked 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.

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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.

This project is part of the Green Livelihoods Alliance and is supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  

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Operation Jaguar

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, Earth League International 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 support from the European Union, 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.

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Dutch Soy Platform

The Dutch Soy Platform is a multi-stakeholder platform that aims to drive the transition towards sustainable soy in the Netherlands and its area of influence. Its goal is to achieve 100% conversion-free responsible soy in the Dutch value chain, including consumption, processing and trade, and to have an additional positive impact on nature and farmers in areas that risk deforestation and/or conversion.

In this platform - convened by IUCN NL - government actors, the retail branche, traders, the feed sector, the oils and fats industry, the dairy sector, sustainability initiatives and NGOs exchange knowledge and strategize together.

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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.

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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.


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.

Green 11

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.

Deltaplan Biodiversiteitsherstel

As one of the partners of the Deltaplan Biodiversity, our aim is to turn The Netherlands into a leading example of a delta in which both people and nature can thrive.  The ambition of the Deltaplan is to bend the curve of biodiversity loss towards biodiversity restoration. This requires a broad movement across involving a wide array of stakeholders. The Deltaplan unites academics, farmers, business, environmental organisations and financial institutions. More information:

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.

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