Decentralised cooperation and biodiversity

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Scaling up French local government action abroad for biodiversity conservation.

Deterioration and loss of our natural capital combined with climate change is posing an acute environmental threat worldwide. Although awareness of this danger has grown since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, there is still a great deal to be done to develop efforts to stop the biodiversity crisis and its repercussions on our societies. Given their growing responsibilities in this area, local authorities and their networks working at local level are key players in the conservation, restoration and development of global biodiversity.

Decentralised Cooperation and Biodiversity was produced by the French Committee of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN France) in partnership with the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and in association with the main decentralised cooperation players to present the facts about current French local government action abroad in support of biodiversity. The report also promotes the scaling up of this cooperation with a focus on the Southern countries for a more sustainable management of their natural resources to help improve the local populations’ living conditions.

The study conducted for the report took a broad-based survey of French local authorities to gain an overview of their decentralised cooperation projects on biodiversity. It then took the 32 projects turned up by the survey to identify their main brakes and drivers and propose recommendations to scale up and improve this cooperation.