Natural habitats and biodiversity are crucial for our life on earth. They are the backbone of ecosystem services, providing – among other things – fresh water, clean air and fertile soils for food production, storing carbon dioxide and offering protection from natural disasters.
By managing “legacy landscapes” properly while at the same time respecting the needs of local communities and their human rights, we can conserve a significant share of biodiversity on earth.
Halting the dramatic loss of biodiversity requires a bold new approach for protected areas in terms of scope, structure, accountability and financing. As an instrument to serve this strategy we introduce the Legacy Landscapes Fund.
The Legacy Landscapes Fund is a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW Development Bank (KfW), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Campaign for Nature (CfN), Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Additional public and private actors are invited to join the initiative.