CHF9 million partnership for nature conservation

27 November 2012 | News story

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature - IUCN today signed a four-year Framework Agreement to support IUCN’s newly-adopted Programme 2013-2016.

The new Programme, approved during the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September, aims to mobilize communities working for nature conservation, green growth and poverty reduction in common efforts for sustainable development. It promotes the use of nature-based solutions to global challenges such as climate change, food security, and social and economic development.

“Switzerland’s International Cooperation is focusing more strongly on global challenges and we are confident that our support to IUCN’s work over the next four years will further strengthen this commitment,” says Michel Mordasini, Director, Global Programmes, SDC.

“SDC supports IUCN’s role in bringing together States, non-governmental organisations, and scientists in finding pragmatic solutions to issues such as climate change and water scarcity,” he adds. “We are particularly pleased to note IUCN’s emphasis on nature-based solutions. Using nature sustainably is good both for biodiversity and for global challenges such as reducing of poverty and global warming.”

“IUCN and SDC have been long-term partners and we are delighted that SDC has renewed its commitment to work with IUCN and to strengthen this partnership,” says Poul Engberg-Pedersen, IUCN’s Deputy Director General and Managing Director. “In particular, we will be looking at strengthening our ongoing collaboration on water, as well as on forest conservation and promoting gender equality in natural resource management.”

For more information contact:
Lucy Deram-Rollason, Head, Strategic Partnerships, IUCN lucy.deram@iucn.org
François Droz, Senior Advisor, Climate Change Programme and Environment, SDC, francois.droz@deza.admin.ch