Some examples of our partnership successes

Mainstreaming Environment at the Asian Development Bank

Since the ADB-WWF partnership was established ten years ago, the Asian Development bank has mobilized significant sums for WWF's conservation priorities in Asia. ADB has provided important co-financing to the Coral Triangle, Heart of Borneo and Greater Mekong.

However, this partnership is about more than just the money. Over the last two years, ADB has taken their commitment one step farther. With WWF's input, it has made environment one of three pillars in its Strategy 2020 and has revised its environmental safeguards.

WWF's ADB facilitation team, based in Manila, provides policy, strategy and technical support to the Bank, ensuring that this partnership continues to deliver big impacts in Asia.
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Local woman rowing a boat on a branch of the Mekong river near My Tho, south Vietnam.
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Major conservation commitments in West Africa

Major new commitments were announced at an event hosted by the regional programme for the conservation of coastal and marine zones in West Africa (PRCM) and the Convention on Biodiversity's (CDB) Lifeweb initiative during the CBD COP in Nagoya last December.

Progress on protected area (PA) creation and fisheries management was highlighted, and the ministers made new PA commitments:

Guinea will extend its PA cover from 8 to 25 percent by 2012
Guinea Bissau, from 15 to 24% by 2012
Mauritania from 30 to 40 percent in 2011
Gambia from 4 to 17 percent by 2020

In addition, Guinea bissau will host a donor roundtable for financing protected areas in West Africa in 2011. This was supported by the regional ministers and development partners such as Germany, Netherlands, France, Spain, the Global Environment Facility (GEF), European Union and World Bank.
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Imraguen fishermen with Yellow mullet catch Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania
© Mark Edwards / WWF-Canon

Making Hydropower Sustainable

In a crucial step to help guide hydropower development to be less environmentally and socially destructie, the hydropower industry and NGOs such as WWF, the Nature Conservancy (TNC) and Oxfam have collaborated to evelop new decision-making tools.

Co-led by WWF, TNC and the International Hydropower Association (IHA)the Hydropower Sustainability Asssesment Protocol was approved by the IHA Board in September, 2010, and has been recommended to IHA member companies for implementation.

And followeing a 10-year collaboration between the Asian Development Bank, the Mekong River Commission, USAID, and WWF, the Rapid Basin-wide Hydropower Sustainability Assessent Tool (RAST) was finalized and released in October 2010.

These tools will help funding agencies and NGOs identify wise hydropower proposals.


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Agoyan Hydroelectric Dam on the Pastaza River near Banos Andes Mountains, Ecuador
© Kevin Schafer / WWF-Canon

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