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WWF European Policy Office informs the WWF network on European Union funding opportunities, builds the capacity of the network to access these funds and supports offices in the preparation of good quality proposals.

Our team in Brussels works with over 30 WWF offices in Europe, Asia, Africa Latin-America and the Pacific on different EU calls for proposals targeting these regions. The European Commission is an important donor for the WWF network and funds several projects every year.


Margherita Solca
Senior EU Development Policy and Funding Officer
+32 2 740 09 31

Emilie Van Der Henst
Senior EU Development Policy and Funding Officer
+32 2 740 09 28

Green Charcoal around Virunga Undermines Illegal Trade, Boosts Park Protection

In a milestone for conservation around Virunga National Park in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), a large quantity of sustainable charcoal is now available on the market in Goma, the most important city in the vicinity of the park.

Two trucks offloaded over 16 tons of charcoal from reforested wood around Virunga, through a WWF-run project called EcoMakala.

“This is a remarkable moment for conservation in this embattled area,” said Marc Languy, WWF’s Director in Central Africa. “Sustainable charcoal is key to ensuring that the people of Goma and its surroundings have access to an energy source that does not infringe on the resources of this precious park.”

What is EcoMakala?
With well over one million inhabitants, Goma alone consumes above 105,000 tons of charcoal every year, at a total cost of about US$55.9 million.

To mitigate the deforestation pressures on Virunga, which is Africa’s most biodiverse park, WWF has been leading reforestation projects for over 25 years. To date, more than 21 million trees have been planted around the park. The sustainable charcoal delivered last week is the direct result of EcoMakala, a project co-funded by the EU, WWF, and other donors.  Read more
	© Hicham Daoudi/WWF
EcoMakala project in Eastern DRC
© Hicham Daoudi/WWF
	© Sinziana Maria Demian/WWF Central Africa
Fuel efficient stoves can reduce charcoal consumption by up to 60%
© Sinziana Maria Demian/WWF Central Africa

Raising awareness about the environmental and social impacts of illegal logging in Indonesia and Congo Basin

High demand for timber and timber-based products in developed countries, coupled with poor governance in many developing countries, fuels a high incidence of illegal logging. This leads to a significant economic loss for these people - especially the poor who are highly dependent on natural resources. 
The EU is one of the main importers of tropical woods. In 2006 about 1 million m3 of tropical plywood entered the EU market (International Tropical Timber Organization - ITTO 2007), mainly directed to the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.  
WWF Germany, WWF UK together with WWF Indonesia and WWF CARPO (Central Africa Regional Programme Office) have developed a 2 -year campaign funded by the EU “What wood you choose?”.  

The project aims at raising awareness of the links between timber trade and consumption in the EU and the social and environmental impacts in timber-producing developing countries.
	© Hartmut Jungius/WWF
A logging worker demonstrating an identification number on the trunk of an African Teak (Cylicodiscus gabonensis) in the Samatex consession area.
© Hartmut Jungius/WWF

Sustainable Rattan in the Greater Mekong region

Unsustainable rattan harvesting leads to forest degradation, and affects tropical forest ecosystems as well as rural people’s source of income. Achieving a more sustainable rattan production will ensure future supply and prevent negative impacts on nature, communities and companies.
WWF Austria, the Vietnam Cleaner Production Centre, the Artisan’s Association of Cambodia, and the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry began, in 2009, a project financed by the European Commission through the funding line Switch Asia.

The project aims to boost the export of sustainable rattan products and improve the environmental performance of the processing industry. By 2015, the project envisages that at least 50% of rattan processing in the region will be sustainable.
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Sustainable rattan harvesting

Strengthening sustainable development and conservation in the tri-national Putumayo river basin

The middle basin of the Putumayo River, on the borders of Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, is an area of exceptional biological and cultural diversity. It is home to ancestral ethnic groups such as the Cofanes, Sionas, Inga and Kamsa. Unfortunately the high poverty rates have increased social problems.

With the support of the EU’s Environment and Natural Resources Thematic Programme and WWF, the project “Putumayo Tres Fronteras” involves local communities and municipal authorities in a more integrated, effective and participatory management of protected areas in the middle basin of the Putumayo River.

It improves the welfare of local communities, develops activities that diversify income sources, improves food security and promotes agreements for the use of shared natural resources such as forest and wildlife resources.
	© WWF Perú/ María del Pilar Ramírez
Putumayo -Peru
© WWF Perú/ María del Pilar Ramírez