IUCN and Abu Dhabi join forces for conservation

16 June 2011 | News story

IUCN and the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi (EAD) have signed a four-year Framework Agreement in support of the IUCN Programme, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding to support the implementation of the Strategic Plan of IUCN’s Species Survival Commission (SSC).

The signing ceremony, which involved EAD Secretary General H.E. Razan Al Mubarak and IUCN Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre, took place on 15 June at IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland. 

Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi joins Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the MAVA Foundation who, as Framework Partners, support IUCN’s 2009-2012 Programme, Shaping a Sustainable Future, with multi-year core funding.

“Through EAD, we are delighted to welcome the Government of Abu Dhabi as IUCN’s first non-OECD member Framework Partner. EAD’s mission 'to protect and conserve the environment for people’s well-being and a better life for all', as well as its vision and values are very close to IUCN’s heart. We look forward to this strengthened engagemen," said IUCN’s Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre.

EAD’s support over the next four years will be instrumental for the implementation of IUCN’s current Programme (2009-2012) as well as for the 2013-2016 Programme, which is currently under consultation with IUCN Members and which will be presented for approval at the World Conservation Congress in 2012.

“EAD’s commitment to environmental conservation goes beyond borders,” said H.E. Razan Al Mubarak, Secretary General of EAD. “It is deeply rooted in the premise of sound unbiased science and the need to work and share the environmental responsibilities with governments, NGOs and civil society. Our partnership with IUCN is a natural fit.”

In addition to becoming an IUCN Framework Partner, the Environment Agency - Abu Dhabi has also announced its three-year support to IUCN’s Species Survival Commission. SSC Chair Dr Simon Stuart expressed his profound gratitude to the EAD for its continued commitment to species conservation efforts. The SSC and the IUCN Global Species Programme have enjoyed a close working relationship with Abu Dhabi for the last 20 years particularly in relation to species conservation and re-introduction as well as IUCN Red List assessment and training. Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi has been a long-time supporter of the SSC Re-introduction Specialist Group and hosted the first ever meeting of the SSC Specialist Group Chairs in Al Ain in February 2008.

“This new engagement from Abu Dhabi will be used to advance our work in a number of areas including Red List training, especially in the West Asian and Gulf Cooperation Council region, assessments of specific groups of species such as reptiles, fishes and plants, as well as advancing our work on sustainable use, species conservation planning and invasive species,” said Dr Stuart. “We plan to use the support from Abu Dhabi to leverage additional support from other partners for these critical areas of work. We are most grateful to Abu Dhabi for keeping the international spotlight on the urgent conservation needs of species, not least through the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund.”

For more information please contact:

EAD:

Dr Frederic Launay, Special Advisor to Secretary General, EAD
flaunay@ead.ae

IUCN:

Ms Lucy Deram-Rollason, Head, Strategic Partnerships Unit, IUCN
lucy.deram@iucn.org

SSC:
Dr Simon Stuart, Chair, IUCN Species Survival Commission
Simon.stuart@iucn.org