Four years Shared Resources Joint Solutions: a retrospect
Since 2016, we work together with WWF Netherlands and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to protect climate resilience, the water supply and food security in 16 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. More than 150 local NGOs and civil society organisations play a crucial role in achieving this. With the Shared Resources, Joint Solutions programme (SRJS), we have committed ourselves to work on the goals mentioned above. This infographic shows the possible impact SRJS contributed to.
Thanks to the efforts of our local partner organisations who collaborated with various stakeholders such as local communities, companies and the government, SRJS contributed to at least 2 million hectares of forest which is now under sustainable governance. ‘Sustainable forestry contributes to a decrease in deforestation, enhanced carbon sinks and increased climate resilience of ecosystems,’ Maxime Eiselin explains. ‘Additionally, many communities are dependent on products from the forest, like honey, nuts or rattan. By using these natural resources in a sustainable way, they can continue to secure their livelihoods.’
Sustainable food production
Sustainable governance is not only important in forested landscapes, but also in food production areas. In areas where crops are grown, fish is caught or cattle grazes, nature is often exploited. ‘The world population is increasing and eating habits are changing. With so many mouths to feed, we must ensure that we protect nature in and around these areas,’ says Eiselin. ‘Since the beginning of the programme, our partners have substantially contributed to sustainably used food production areas.’
Integrated water management
‘Nineteen large rivers flow through the landscapes we work in. Together, these rivers have almost the same amount of water discharge as the Amazon River,’ says Eiselin. ‘But in many areas the water security is under pressure because of the large demand for water, for example for irrigation or because of the construction of hydropower plants. Pollution, for example as a result of mining waste, also poses a risk.’
To ensure that all water users, from households to companies, have year-round access to sufficient, good-quality water, it is important that the water usage of the entire river basin is mapped and aligned.
For this reason, our local partners gathered with the authorities and other stakeholders, to make joint plans for integrated water management. Currently, there is an operational plan for integrated water management in 18 river basins. ‘This enables sustainable management of almost 23 million hectares of river basins. The inhabitants of these areas, more than 1,5 million people, can get access to clean water throughout the year.’
Inhabitants benefit from improved governance
Through effective advocacy, our partners have realised a total of almost 80 initiatives for sustainable water management with governments and companies. SRJS also worked on impact at the level of food security and climate resilience: 55 action plans and policies contribute to food security and our partners contributed substantially to almost 100 policy improvements by conserving forest for better climate resilience.
Based on the number of people living in these areas, we can roughly say that at least 495.000 households can reap the benefits from this: because of sustainable governance they will have continued access to fertile soil, clean water and a healthy environment.
Habitats of endangered species
Not only humans, but animals also benefit from good governance. ‘Almost 400 endangered species inhabit the landscapes,’ says Eiselin. ‘They benefit from sustainable governance of their habitat. In the past four years, 151 policy improvements that contribute to this have been realised.’ In Aceh (Indonesia) alone, this has contributed to the improved protection of 125 endangered species. In the Soalala landscape in Madagascar, 119 endangered species benefit from improved protection of their habitat.
In 26 landscapes, a diverse range of stakeholders came together to take care of sustainable social and economic development, using a landscape approach. ‘We see that the combined efforts from local NGOs and civil society organisations have an impact on the vitality of people and nature,’ says Eiselin. ‘A complex interplay, because stakeholders such as governments, companies and indigenous communities often have different interests. By uniting these and matching them to the capacity of nature, we contributed with SRJS to future proof governance structures. Biodiversity is conserved and nature gets sufficient time to recover and keep delivering its important ecosystem services. Right now and in the future.’