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EU-funded projects

WWF European Policy Office informs the WWF network on European Union funding opportunities, builds the capacity of the network in proposal development and project management as well coordinate the WWF response to large EU calls for proposals.
Our team in Brussels works with over 50 WWF offices in Europe, Asia, Africa Latin-America and the Pacific on different EU funding opportunities targeting these regions. The European Commission is an important donor for the WWF network and funds several projects every year.

Related news on WWF projects: Flicking the switch and making connections (19 June 2018)


Tessa Jansoone
EU Funding Officer

Salonga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Salonga National Park is the largest forest national park in Africa and the second largest tropical forest park in the world.

It is home to a rich biodiversity, including forest elephants, bonobos, bongos, giant pangolins, and the indigenous Congo peacock. Because of its enormous size the ecological functions of Salonga National Park are barely influenced by human activities and it is a place where new species are still to be discovered. Since 2015, WWF is co-managing Salonga together with the Congolese park authority ICCN (Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature). They work to protect the park by reducing poaching and illegal trade of protected species, enhancing law enforcement, while also improving livelihoods of the people around Salonga.
With financing from the European Development Fund and KfW, WWF DRC and WWF Germany, in partnership with Oxfam and ISCO, are implementing the PARCCS programme (Programme Agricole Rurale et de Conservation du Complexe de la Salonga) working on two aspects:

  • Within the Salonga National Park the programme strengthens the park's management to protect the rich biodiversity and ecosystem, for example by developing employees' capacities to better manage the park, by fighting poaching more effectively, by scientifically monitoring its biodiversity and by building necessary infrastructure.  
  • Around the park the programme works with communities to improve socio-economic benefits for example by creating community forests, by improving agriculture practices to increase and diversify food production along different value chains (rice, manioc, peanut, palm oil, rubber) and increasing the amount of marketable goods involving the private sector. 

The programme aims to showcase sustainable development at a landscape level with a thriving nature and prospering communities alongside biodiversity research still adding to our understanding of the natural world. 

Fish Forward 2 Project

More than 800 million people around the world depend on fish for food and income. Our oceans are under a great pressure because of overfishing and climate change. Europe is world's biggest market and importer of fish in the world. Buying seafood responsibly can drive a change on a global level.

WWF's EU co-funded Fish Forward 2 Project raises awareness of sustainable seafood consumption. The goal of this project is that by 2020, European consumers and companies will take responsibility and change their seafood buying behaviour. This means taking into account global interdependencies, climate change, ethical supply chains and sustainable aspect.

Fish Forward 2 unites  16 partners  in 17 countries: WWF Austria(lead), Environmental Justice Foundation, WWF European Policy Office, WWF Mediterranean ProgramWWF AdriaWWF BulgariaWWF DenmarkWWF GermanyWWF GreeceWWF ItalyWWF PolandWWF UKWWF IndiaWWF PhilippinesWWF South Africa and WWF Turkey.

The project build upon Fish Forward 1, where 11 countries collaborated and reached over 60 million people, formed 10 new partnerships, published 9 studies and 14 seafood guides in 14 countries.

Sustainable energy and water management in Myanmar

With funding from the EU Switch Asia programme, WWF Germany and WWF Myanmar are implementing a project which aims at promoting the uptake of cleaner production practices in the Food and Beverage industry in the Ayeyarwady River Basin in Myanmar.

The project strives to create an enabling environment for SMEs to profitably invest in green technologies, reducing both ecological footprint and cost of doing business in their supply chain. In particular, the project will enable 200 SMEs in the F&B processing industries in Yangon and Mandalay region to implement sustainable energy and water management practices through supporting policies and business structures, increased capacity and improved access to finance.

This project will contribute to Myanmar's efforts of transitioning towards a Green Economy, since in this framework, the protection of freshwater ecosystems and investments in sustainable management practices are considered one of the priority areas. The F&B industries, of which 66% are SMEs, are among the largest water and energy consumer and polluter in the country. Therefore, ensuring future sustainability of SMEs in this sector is critical for long term economic prosperity, environmental sustainability and food security in the country.

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Sustainable horticulture production and
consumption in Kenya

With funding from the EU Switch Africa Green programme, WWF Kenya  is implementing a project with CSCP which aims at greening the horticulture sector by adopting sustainable production and consumption practices around Lake Naivasha. The objective is to reduce the negative environmental impact of the horticulture sector while ensuring job creation for the youth, high annual sales turnover for 140 Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and wide uptake of sustainable consumption practices among consumers.

The project is working with 140 horticultural Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, with an emphasis on young farmers, to enhance their capacities to adopt appropriate ecologically sound horticulture, to facilitate their access to new markets and their access to loans. Consumers and public authorities are also targeted to increase their consumption in sustainably certified horticulture products.  
At dawn, hyacinth on Lake Naivasha, Kenya. Hyacinth comes and goes on the lake. The high nutrient content of the lake means hyacinth is a common feature on the lake surface. WWF is working with local partners in a variety of ways to help improve stewardship of the lake, to help improve water quality.

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Switch Africa Green

Conserving the Rwenzoris through
sustainable tourism & economy

WWF Uganda, in partnership with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the Uganda National Environment Management Authority and Uganda Tourism Board, is working to enhance the conservation and sustainable management of the Rwenzori Mountains National Park (RMNP).

The Rwenzori, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located on the Ugandan side of the Virunga landscape. They are home to an extremely rich and unique biodiversity, including the 994 recorded plant species, 217 bird species, and animal species such as the Rwenzori duiker, Chimpanzee and the African Elephant, and provide vital ecosystem services to almost a million people living in the region.
The project, co-funded by the EU and FFEM (Fond Français pour l'environnement Mondiale) aims at generating long-term sources of funding for the Rwenzori Mountain National Park and for the communities who depend on its resources.

By valorizing the tourism potential of the park and promoting sustainable tourism activities, the project contributes to increased and diversified sources of income for local communities. WWF also encourages private sector participation through a pilot scheme of Payment for Environmental Services (PES) in two river catchment areas of the park (Mubuku and Nyamwamba), with the aim of improving the status and quality of the two rivers which face sedimentation issues.

Giving people a voice in Mongolia

Give people a voice project aims to strengthen public participation in mining investment planning to ensure the health of people, livestock and the environment of Mongolia.

If mineral exploitation is conducted responsibly the mining sector can make significant contributions to poverty reduction and sustainable development in Mongolia. If it is conducted irresponsibly it can lead to corruption, conflict, civil unrest and environmental degradation.
The proper involvement of citizens in environmental decision making is crucial for securing the right to a healthy environment. In Mongolia, this concerns especially the involvement of concerned stakeholders in early stages of mining related decision making including Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA).

WWF Germany and WWF Mongolia are working to promote and protect this right by proper implementation of EIA and mining related legislations and to strengthen skillful public participation. 

This project is funded under the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR).
Giving people a voice in Mongolia

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