On 18 January 2008 the Director General of IUCN, Julia Marton-Lefèvre and Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, Director of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID – Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarollo) signed a Memorandum of Understanding setting down the framework for a long-term collaboration between IUCN and the Spanish Agency.
AECID has been a Government Agency Member of IUCN since 1990. The Memorandum of Understanding serves as an instrument whereby AECID has become a core framework donor to IUCN (as of 2008).
The IUCN Director General was accompanied on this occasion by Margarita Astrálaga, Director of the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation who, along with her colleagues in the IUCN Malaga office, has been instrumental in the establishment of this new and important partnership for IUCN.
The signing ceremony was preceded by a discussion between the IUCN and the AECID partners in which we learned that AECID has recently been re-structured, adding the ‘D’ in its title and mission, and significantly increasing its contribution to development cooperation. In 2004, the Spanish contribution to international development was 0.24% of GDP and today it is 0.50% with the aim of reaching 0.7% by 2011. AECID’s development work includes a serious commitment to the environment.
IUCN looks forward to working closely with AECID in the years to come.