Conservation for and with people
In the Shared Resources Joint Solutions programme, we support local organisations to protect nature.
At WWF, we work on nature conservation. But what does that actually mean? Is it protecting the animals that live there? Managing an entire area? Or working together with the people who live there to preserve and restore nature?
It’s all of it. We protect an area in such a way that the interests of all animals and people who live there and deal with it are in balance with what nature can handle. We humans all depend on nature. We can't live without it.
Strengthen local NGOs and civil society organisations
We cannot protect nature alone. That is why we work intensively with parties such as companies, governments, local NGOs and residents. However, we noticed that the latter two in particular are hardly ever involved in decisions about an area. That is why we launched the Shared Resources, Joint Solutions (SRJS) programme in 2016, in which we work for 5 years in a partnership with IUCN NL and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
With SRJS, we support and strengthen local NGOs and civil society organisations in 16 countries, so that we can safeguard water supply, climate resilience and food security together with governments and companies. We also ensure that these organisations work together to become stronger.
How do we work within SRJS?
- At WWF, we work in 4 areas: in Bolivia and Paraguay, in Suriname and Guyana, in Zambia and Mozambique, and in Aceh on the Indonesian island of Sumatra
- Our focus is on the themes of climate, water and food
- We work from the so-called landscape approach: we look at all processes, stakeholders and decisions that influence nature on the ground
- We also pay attention, for example, to the position of women and girls, to or to what we can learn from each other about working together with companies
Stories and results
Read 5 inspiring examples of our work:
- We managed to hold a dam in Zambia, mainly thanks to the collaboration with many stakeholders such as local chiefs and NGOs, succesful lobbying and a petition signed by almost 200,000 people
- In Guyana and Suriname, civil society organisations set up a successful campaign to ban mercury by raising awareness in local communities about the health risks and providing alternative methods for gold diggers
- In the Indonesian province of Aceh, a former poacher became a local hero by solving conflicts between humans and elephants
- After conflicts between the government agencies and the local fishermen, we ensured sustainable and legal fishery in Mozambique through training
- In the light of the devastating forest fires that attacked South America from August 2019 onwards, the president of the farmer’s association in Paraguay not only tells about how they stopped the flames but also how preserving nature and producing meat can be done together
Have a look at our online magazine with more inspirational stories and encouraging results of our programme in 2018.