NGO founded: 1996
Partnership formed: 2008
Organisation’s aim: International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a network of NGOs, states and scientists working to conserve the natural world. IUCN-NL is the Netherlands committee of the organisation and is the platform for all IUCN members in the Netherlands. IUCN-NL aims to contribute, from its specific Dutch situation and context, to the conservation and sustainable management of nature and natural resources in an international perspective.
IUCN-NL members met for the first time in 1978 and the committee was formally acknowledged by the IUCN in 1996.
Partnership with WLT
IUCN-NL and the WLT have collaborated for several years and independently funded some of the same projects. This led to increased communication between the two organisations and later the collaborative efforts between WLT and IUCN-NL formed a foundation for a more formal partnership.
Projects with WLT
Symposia and workshops
Beginning in 2006 IUCN-NL and the WLT have organised a series of symposia with the aim of encouraging active exchange of knowledge between overseas project partners. These occasional meetings provide unique opportunities to discuss key issues such as Land Purchase as an Effective Tool for Conservation (2006), Financial Sustainability for Projects (2008) and Payment for Ecological Services (2009). More recently WLT and IUCN-NL have worked together to develop a training programme on the use of Carbon as a Funding Mechanism for Conservation for African NGOs. This has led to a strong ‘Conservation Alliance’ with unparalleled knowledge and experience, all working towards the same goal of nature conservation.
Other projects and activities
Projects funded include: capacity building, land purchase, ecotourism, poverty alleviation, education and training, and ecosystem management.
Executive Director: Willem Ferwerda
IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands
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1018 DD Amsterdam