An agreement to support IUCN’s 2013-2016 work programme, signed recently by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and IUCN, is a significant boost to global biodiversity conservation efforts that benefit people and safeguard natural resources.
The programme, approved by IUCN Members at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in September 2012, has three priority areas: Valuing and conserving nature; effective and equitable governance of nature’s use; and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development.
“Sida’s support for the implementation of IUCN’s work programme will be instrumental in addressing many of these issues”, says IUCN Director General, Julia Marton-Lefèvre. “IUCN and Sida have been long-term partners and we are delighted to see its renewed commitment as a Framework Partner for the next four years, alongside Denmark, Finland, France, the Republic of Korea, Norway, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates as well as the MAVA Foundation. We look forward to working with Sida to strengthen this important partnership.”
Sida will also provide support for the development of one of IUCN’s key knowledge products, the Natural Resource Governance Framework which will set standards and guidance for policy makers to make better and fairer decisions on the use of natural resources and the distribution of nature’s benefits.
“Key policy changes are needed on the management of ecosystems and biodiversity for the benefit of humanity. This requires funding at a global level and Sida is pleased to be able to contribute to this. We share IUCN’s increased interest in engaging the private sector for sustainable solutions as well as the broader perspective on nature conservation – including social issues and human rights. We have to work with and not against people to achieve sustainable communities and vital ecosystems”, says Sida’s Director General, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka.
For more information contact:
Margareta Nilsson, Programme Manager – Natural Resources, Global Programmes, Sida
Lucy Deram-Rollason, Head, Strategic Partnerships Unit, IUCN