Millions for nature conservation areas

Germany will provide another 100 million euros in funding to preserve the world’s most precious nature conservation areas, most of which are in developing countries.

Millionen für Naturschutzgebiete
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Berlin (dpa) - The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development will provide another 100 million euros in funding for the world’s most precious nature conservation areas. As the ministry announced in Berlin on Tuesday, this is Germany’s contribution to the preservation of vital ecosystems in developing countries and forms part of Germany’s commitment to the UN Biodiversity Conference in Kunming (China) in the autumn.

The money will go into the Legacy Landscapes Fund established by the Development Ministry. This fund provides basic financing for outstanding nature conservation areas – the “legacy landscapes” – to the tune of one million US dollars (just under one million euros) per park per year for 15 to 30 years. The goal is so-called perpetuity funding, i.e. permanent support.

“The most biodiverse areas on earth are largely located in developing countries. Through the Legacy Landscapes Fund, we are helping to permanently preserve the world’s most precious protected areas,” Development Minister Svenja Schulze (SPD) said about the support.

The Legacy Landscapes Fund already supports a total of five parks. These include the Gunung Leuser National Park in Indonesia and the Madidi National Park in Bolivia. A call for proposals is currently underway to include further biodiverse areas in the project.