WWF NEDBANK GREEN TRUST: 23 YEARS OF FUNDING CONSERVATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
Augustine Morkel
WWF South Africa

 

Abstract

The WWF Nedbank Green Trust is an innovative partnership which for more than 23 years has played a catalysing role in enabling conservation work in South Africa. With a focus on bringing people and nature together since 1990, the Green Trust has funded projects nationally like “SANBI Support for the Implementation of the Marine Component of the National Protected Area Expansion Strategy”, “Cape Leopard Trust Spatial Ecology of Leopards in the Gouritz Region”, “Birdlife South Africa Important Bird Areas Programme”, “David Grossman & Associates Khomani San Traditional Conservation Area” and the “WWF-SA Sustainable Fruit Initiative”, amongst others. Very successful examples are the investments of the Green Trust that catalysed the Working for Water project in South Africa and the South African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI). The focus of the Green Trust investments is on catalytic environmental outcomes investments that start the process of change at scale, with a strong focus on socio environmental outcomes. WWF-SA’s role in the Green Trust is to provide the environmental outcomes direction for the Trust investments. WWF believes that through its strategic framework and through its network of partner conservation organisations, there is a great opportunity to identify projects that will add value to the environmental agenda of South Africa. The WWF Nedbank Green Trust seeks to broaden its reach to attract projects that demonstrate evidence of catalytic impact and are scalable when invested in, through the conservation network of South Africa. While questioned about an association with Nedbank, there is no doubt that the relationship to date has been highly successful. This presentation provides a brief overview of the work done by the WWF Nedbank Green Trust in South Africa and the opportunity it offers the conservation sector of South Africa.

 

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WWF NEDBANK GREEN TRUST: 23 YEARS OF FUNDING CONSERVATION IN SOUTH AFRICA
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