Who We Are

The Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF) is an ambitious new financing instrument aimed at protecting the world’s most outstanding natural places and closing the funding gap for biodiversity conservation in the Global South. It is a joint initiative by the German 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 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

Our vision is a global network of sustainably funded, effectively managed conservation areas helping to halt the dramatic loss of biodiversity in outstanding legacy landscapes across developing countries.

Our mission is to safeguard outstanding biodiversity by promoting nature conservation and the preservation of ecosystem services in globally significant conservation areas, while working with local communities and respecting their rights and needs. In collaboration with a wide range of partners and funders, and acknowledging international best practices, the LLF provides long-term financial support to the management costs of globally significant legacy landscapes.

Our Goals:

  • Build a global, diversified portfolio of 30+ legacy landscapes by 2030.
  • Protect more than 60.000km2 of the world’s most important biodiversity.
  • Set-up of a 1 Billion USD sinking plus endowment share with public and private donors that will allow to support operational costs of up to 30 landscapes in perpetuity

Background

Biodiversity is vital for the health and future of humanity and all life on Earth. But today it is endangered. One million species are threatened with extinction and day by day about 150 species of plants and animals disappear from the Earth. Every year, 10 million ha of forest are lost – that’s 1 football field every 4 seconds. And the less habitat for wildlife, the greater the risk of viruses spreading from animals to humans. About 75% of new infectious diseases are zoonoses, with COVID 19 the most recent tragic example.

What can be done? Scientists recommend that 30% of the Earth’s surface be placed in effectively managed protected areas – with the involvement of local populations. But we are still far from reaching this goal. Although 75% of the world’s most biodiverse places are in developing and emerging countries, today just 19% of global funding for protected areas is spent in these regions. The Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF) was established in 2020 to address this financing gap by supporting lasting partnerships that protect a network of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. It is a charitable foundation under German law with a diverse Supervisory and Management Board representing public and private partners.

Governance

The Legacy Landscapes Fund is a joint initiative of the German 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 World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). 

The LLF has been endowed with an initial capital from the German Government. The French Government has declared that it will contribute to the Fund begining in 2022 and four philanthropic foundations have already made contributions. The financial resources of the foundation can only be used in accordance with the agreed purpose of the LLF, to provide long-term support to large biodiversity conservation areas in developing countries.

All interested NGOs are invited to apply to upcoming calls for proposals. Successful applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have established long-term, trusting and successful partnerships with national conservation authorities and local communities in protected areas.

The LLF’s operational activities are managed by a small team led by the Executive Director.