IUCN and African Development Bank join forces for Africa

13 August 2008 | News story

IUCN has teamed up with the African Development Bank to work together on conservation and sustainable development projects.

Both organizations signed a memorandum of understanding on the 12 August, 2008, to launch joint action to use the conservation of species and nature as a tool to help development in Africa. 

IUCN brings extensive knowledge on the potential for conservation to support the African Development Bank’s mission of reducing poverty and supporting social progress for its African Member States, many of whom are also IUCN State members.

The first major collaborative programme will involve engaging the IUCN members in Central Africa – both governments and NGOs – in exploring jointly the potential of the protected area network to support ecotourism and economic development at a local level.

“The relationship between the African Development Bank and IUCN dates back to the early 1990s,” says IUCN’s Director General Julia Marton-Lefèvre. Both institutions have now agreed to come closer together for more efficient programme delivery, working with States, NGOs and the private sector, at a time when IUCN’s work in Africa includes enhanced integration between development and conservation work.”

“This partnership will help IUCN leverage the legitimacy, knowledge and skills of its members in Africa and in other parts of the world where the IUCN membership is committed to work for Africa,” she says.

IUCN’s agreement with the African Development Bank expands its growing engagement with the development community at large. In addition to longstanding support from major European development agencies, IUCN also has a memorandum of understanding with the Asian Development Bank.