GTZ: The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GmbH)

GTZ is a service enterprise for development cooperation with world-wide operations. Owned by the Federal Republic of Germany, the organisation operates as a private-sector enterprise with a development-policy mandate: to make sustainable improvements to the living conditions of people in partner countries, and to conserve the natural resource base on which life depends. Since 1975, GTZ's major client the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ vested in GTZ the responsibility to carry out technical cooperation activities. GTZ also supports development and reform processes on behalf of other German ministries, partner-country governments and international organisations and institutions, such as the EU, UN and World Bank. GTZ works on a public-benefit basis. Any surplus it generates is channelled back into its own projects.


IUCN: The World Conservation Union

Founded in 1948, the World Conservation Union brings together states, government agencies and a diverse range of non-governmental organizations in a unique world partnership: over 900 members spread across some 130 countries. As a union, IUCN seeks to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. The IUCN secretariat, comprising a network of regional and country offices located principally in developing countries, coordinates the IUCN programme and serves the union membership. Through its six commissions, IUCN draws together over 6000 expert volunteers and project team and action groups from virtually all countries of the world.


CMWG: The IUCN Collaborative Management Working Group

The Collaborative Management Working Group is a global network of conservation and development professionals with concern and expertise focussing on participatory, multi-stakeholder management of natural resources. The Group is involved in co-management through advocacy, applied research and analysis, technical support, training and documentation of field experiences. It supports and strengthens the work of its members through communication, information-sharing and the promotion of joint activities.

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