One million plant and animal species face the threat of extinction [1]IPBES (2019): Global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. E. S. Brondizio, J. Settele, S. … Continue reading. Major causes include the loss and fragmentation of their habitats.

Expanding the habitat of endangered species

But we can turn the tide: by purchasing land in strategic places, local organisations can protect, connect and restore the habitats of endangered species.

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Careful selection of local nature organisations

We have been managing the IUCN NL Land Acquisition Fund for over 20 years. The fund is used to enable carefully selected nature organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America to purchase nature. The ownership of and responsibility for the nature reserves purchased is placed in the hands of these local nature organisations.

By purchasing land in strategic places we can reconnect separate parts of the habitat of endangered species, which increases their chances of survival.

Marc Hoogeslag, senior expert nature conservation at IUCN NL

Better chances of survival for endangered species

Our local partners play a crucial role. After all, they are familiar with the local context and involve the local communities in nature conservation. The fact that they are well-embedded locally contributes to effective management and protection of the reserves they create, thus improving the chances of survival for endangered species, also in the long term.

Help us create more and larger reserves

The Land Acquisition Fund is made possible thanks to the Dutch Postcode Lotery and a growing number of private donors. Do you wish to help improve protection for endangered species and their habitats? There are different ways in which you can support us, including by way of a periodic or a one-off donation.

Become a partner – Apply for funding

The next deadline for submitting funding applications is May 1st 2021.
You can obtain information about the 2021 application process by clicking on the button below.

Want to know more?

Marc Hoogeslag

Senior Expert Nature Conservation

Full profile

Hanneloes Weeda

Grants and Funding Manager

Phone: 020-3018246

Frederique Holle

Expert Environmental Justice

Caspar Verwer

Senior Expert Nature Conservation

Sander van Andel

Senior Expert Nature Conservation

Index

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1 IPBES (2019): Global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. E. S. Brondizio, J. Settele, S. Díaz, and H. T. Ngo (editors)