CBD: NGO-government collaborations driving conservation

IFAW collaborated with the UAE ministry to talk about collaborations between governments and NGOs.Human activities are contributing to the decline of species and ecosystems around the world, and partnerships between governments and NGOs are crucial to address these conservation issues.

That is why the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment co-hosted at the Convention for Biological Diversity (CBD) meeting in Mexico “Effective Government-NGO Collaborations: Changing Public Attitudes and Behaviors to Support CBD Objectives.”

The presentation featured examples of successful collaborations on communication, education and public awareness initiatives from the Middle East and North Africa region and beyond, and fostered an exchange of ideas about collaborative approaches that work.

Ms. Hiba Al-Shehhi, Biologist, Biodiversity Department, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment highlighted innovative and effective approaches to raising environmental awareness in the UAE.

I focused on IFAW and the UAE and other MENA countries’ collaboration on preventing illegal wildlife trade by:

  • utilizing compelling marketing campaigns in airports to deter trafficking by raising awareness about the law, and
  • educating children about the conservation and animal welfare consequences of the exotic pet trade. 

My colleague Katie Miller from IFAW shared examples of collaborations in other regions, including creative ivory demand reduction efforts in China , technology solutions to help mariners protect whales from ship strikes, and integrating conservation themes into primary education to help sustain the outcomes of the Chikolongo community and elephant protection project near Liwonde National Park, Malawi.

Ms. Hiba Al-Shehhi, Biologist, Biodiversity Department, UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment highlighted innovative and effective approaches to raising environmental awareness in the UAE.

We had insightful questions and comments from participants from Africa, North America, the Middle East and South Asia, and will be following up to share our educational materials and connect them with regional contacts.

The event illustrated that when diverse stakeholders from government, NGOs and other sectors join forces, there can be a significant multiplier effect to our ability to influence key audiences to protect biodiversity.

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