Mainstreaming the Environment in EU’s External Actions

A local Tamang woman working in a field to harvest her crop. WWF has been working with local communities to help create more sustainable livelihoods and to maintain the surrounding environment. Langtang National Park, Nepal.
© © Simon de TREY-WHITE / WWF-UK

WWF as a global environmental organisation can bring experience and knowledge to many of the issues and strategies the EU is pursuing in its foreign policies, particularly where related to natural resources and the environment.  We can share experiences and best practice.  

For example, WWF works in Europe to mainstream environmental issues in the EU’s external actions while in China, WWF is working with their government on environmental guidelines for overseas investment; and in Africa, WWF is working in a similar way with the African Development Bank

Closer to home, many of Europe’s last natural ecosystems are found in countries neighbouring the EU, the Caucasus, Mediterranean and Danube-Carpathian and are under serious threat due to overexploitation of natural resources or the unsustainable development of economic activities.

The EU’s European Neighbourhood Policy aims to enhance cooperation including cross-border cooperation in the area of environmental management between the EU and the countries on its borders, both to the east and the south. WWF offices are actively involved in promoting these environmental initiatives.


  • Sally Nicholson

    Head, Development Policy & Finance

    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 740 09 37

  • Emilie Van Der Henst

    EU Development Policy and Funding Officer

    WWF European Policy Office,

    +32 2 740 09 28