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.
Green Charcoal around Virunga Undermines Illegal Trade, Boosts Park Protection
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
Raising awareness about the environmental and social impacts of illegal logging in Indonesia and Congo Basin
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.
Sustainable Rattan in the Greater Mekong region
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.
Strengthening sustainable development and conservation in the tri-national Putumayo river basin
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.