Integrating Environment into Development Policy

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Sustainable lifestyles, Kenya.
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Europe, as the world’s largest provider of official development assistance, has a particular responsibility, and a legal obligation, to promote environmental integration across its global policies and programmes.

WWF is working at many levels globally to integrate conservation and social equity into development policies, especially those related to basic rights, food security, access to energy and resources, and adaptation to climate change.
At the European level WWF works to hold the EU to its commitments on the international stage and in its development cooperation policies in terms of the environment and sustainable development.

We are advocating for an effective strategy for mainstreaming environment and climate change across all external actions and for specific and targeted support for biodiversity, environmental and climate change priorities in the funding instruments for external action.

We are working with the rest of WWF worldwide to monitor the implementation of EU development cooperation in terms of transparency of decision making and involvement of civil society organisations as well as adherence to environmental commitments.


  • Sally Nicholson

    Manager, Development Policy & Finance

    WWF European Policy Office

    +32 2 740 09 37