International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN's work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world's oldest and largest global environmental organization, with almost 1,300 government and NGO Members and more than 15,000 volunteer experts in 185 countries. IUCN's work is supported by almost 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

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IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands

IUCN NL is the Dutch national committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the world's oldest and largest global environmental organization. IUCN publishes the Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN unites more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries.

Within the international IUCN umbrella organization, IUCN NL helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges such as biodiversity loss, climate change and poverty. Nature is fundamental to addressing these problems. Nature is the foundation of our economy and our wellbeing. It provides us with food, clean water, fresh air, energy, medicine and a roof over our head. That is why the protection of biodiversity and ecosystems is at the heart of IUCN's mission.

IUCN currently has 38 Netherlands-based member organizations. In striving towards a sustainable future we work closely with our 38 member organizations and network of companies, governments, southern NGOs and scientists, sharing knowledge and expertise, executing concrete projects and influencing the political agenda. We focus on three themes: green international cooperation, greening companies, and restoring and conserving nature.

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African Wildlife Foundation (AWF)

Founded in 1961, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is a leading conservation organization focused solely on the African continent. AWF's programs and conservation strategies are based on sound science and designed to protect both the wild lands and wildlife of Africa and ensure a more sustainable future for Africa's people. Since its inception, AWF has protected endangered species and land, promoted conservation enterprises that benefit local African communities, and trained hundreds of African nationals in conservation—all to ensure the survival of Africa's unparalleled wildlife heritage.

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SNV Netherlands Development Organisation

SNV is an international not-for-profit development organisation. 

Founded in the Netherlands in 1965, SNV has built a long-term, local presence in many of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Their global team of local and international advisors work with local partners to equip communities, businesses and organisations with the tools, knowledge and connections they need to increase their incomes and gain access to basic services – empowering them to break the cycle of poverty and guide their own development.

SNV aims to make a lasting difference in the lives of millions of people living in poverty.

By sharing specialist expertise in Agriculture, Renewable Energy, and Water, Sanitation & Hygiene, SNV contributes to solving some of the leading problems facing the world today – helping to find local solutions to global challenges and sowing the seeds of lasting change.

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Government of the Netherlands

The Netherlands is contributing to specific initiatives in sustainable management of natural resources. Within the EU framework, the Netherlands is active in:

International forums Through the Ministry, the Netherlands participates in various international forums and in particular: United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD). This high-level forum for sustainable development in the United Nations system reviews progress in implementing Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. It provides policy guidance to follow up the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) at local, national, regional and international levels. UNEP Panel for Natural Resources.

The Netherlands has an influential position in the steering committee of the Panel. While still in a preliminary phase, the Panel for Natural Resources has the potential to contribute to the scientific basis for policy on sustainable use and management of natural resources.

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ADPP Mozambique

ADPP is a Mozambican non-governmental association. It was established in 1982 and has grown steadily during its 34 years of existence. It currently implements over 60 projects across all provinces of the country, employs 3,000 staff and benefits more than 2 million Mozambicans annually.

The overall mission of ADPP Mozambique is to promote the equitable social and economic development of the people of Mozambique, and in particular of those in the most vulnerable position – children, orphans and the rural poor, especially women and girls – in order to ensure that they can participate on equal terms to the development of their country and enjoy their human rights to the fullest.

The strategy of ADPP Mozambique is based on solidary humanism. We work with people and communities on the grassroots level, among the people and with the people. This is done fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor and through an approach that combines various crosscutting themes, including literacy, health and gender issues.

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Micaia Foundation

MICAIA Foundation is a Mozambican non-profit organisation (NGO) that works mostly in Manica Province in the heart of Mozambique. Set up in 2009, it now reaches more than 9,000 people and their families and communities; with the aim to reach 80,000 people by 2020. The support is focused on enabling people to take action to change their lives for the better. Training farmers and supporting their organisations for example, helps them get a better price for their crops – which means they can buy more seed for next year or improve their house or keep their children in school for longer.

MICAIA Foundation works on all four of the ‘Pillars of Local Prosperity’, taking a long-term approach, recognizing that for most people the path out of poverty and vulnerability is an uphill struggle strewn with obstacles.  By working in one place over time, with a clear and innovative strategy, the aim is to create learning and case-studies that can be of use to others working elsewhere in Mozambique and beyond.

MICAIA Foundation’s work in recent years has encompassed agriculture, natural product enterprises and value chains (including beekeeping), eco-tourism, practical conservation, youth-led micro-enterprise and more.

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