Land acquisition

With its land acquisition fund, IUCN NL provides funds for local NGOs to acquire threatened patches of wilderness to create or expand safe reserves and connect wildlife habitats.


Why it works


The strategic acquisition of small patches of land is an extremely targeted and cost effective tool to protect nature. It takes only a few hectares of land to create a corridor between two isolated forests, thereby greatly increasing the living space for wide ranging species such as parrots, elephants, monkeys and jaguars. 


With its land acquisition approach, IUCN NL places the ownership and management responsibility of natural resources in the hands of local, in-country organizations with a clear conservation objective and eye for the needs of local communities. Empowering these dedicated professionals working in the frontline is the best way of achieving long-term sustainable conservation.  


  • 106 projects funded

  • 32,000 hectares secured

  • 27 countries

  • 62 NGOs supported

We’re talking just fifty acres, hundred acres, twenty acres. But this patch of land connects thousands and thousands of square kilometers of forest, and therefore it is critical to the wellbeing of several key biodiversity species. - Vivek Menon, Wildlife Trust of India

Become a partner

Apply for funding

IUCN NL’s open window for funding applications from NGOs all over the world makes our grants unique in the conservation sector. Before you apply, please carefully read the criteria. Applications are closed now. Please regularly check our website to find out about new calls for proposals.


You can help save threatened wildlife habitats by supporting our land acquisition fund. Contact us to explore opportunities.  


The IUCN NL land acquisition fund cannot exist without the support of the Dutch Postcode Lottery.


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