Business and Biodiversity

Shared Resources, Joint Solutions

IUCN, along with the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL), WWF Netherlands (Wereld Natuur Fonds) and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs, have formed a strategic partnership to strengthen the capacity of local non-government organisations (NGOs) and other civil society organisations in 16 low and middle-income countries (LMICs) in order to enhance climate resilience, water supply and food security.

Businesses rely on natural resources to operate, which can create impacts and risks as well as opportunities and benefits.  In order to ensure the sustainable use of these natural assets, there must be a balance between economic, environmental and social values. This calls for adopting an integrated approach whereby the interests of the various stakeholders in a specific landscape are aligned with, and in balance with, the capacity of the natural world.

Yet local communities and conservationists – represented in civil society organisations – are not always involved in decision-making processes regarding their landscape and natural environment, despite these groups having extensive local knowledge and being vulnerable to any changes in natural resource use.

The Shared Resources, Joint Solutions initiative aims to help NGOs and other civil society organisations increase their influence in multi-stakeholder partnerships with governments and business, and strengthen their leverage in successfully advocating for inclusive and green development.  The ultimate goal of this project is to protect the global public goods including ecosystem services, water supply, climate resilience and food security.

There are nine target landscapes across 16 countries, including Africa (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania and Zambia), South East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines), and South America (Bolivia, Paraguay, Guiana and Suriname). In close cooperation with its partners, the Business and Biodiversity Programme is supporting training, capacity building and strategic development opportunities focusing on the African landscapes for the 2017-18 period.

The training builds on South-South peer learning and consists of specific demand-driven clinics, webinars and workshops on topics such as developing tailored business cases for action, communication and negotiation skills and valuation of ecosystems.  The initiative also builds on and is linked to IUCN’s Sustain-Africa Initiative.

For more information, visit the IUCN NL website

Read more about the outcomes from the workshop in Uganda here.

Read more about the workshop in Burkina Faso here.

See the report on the workshop held in Benin (in French) here

See the report on the workshop held in Ghana here.

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