Willem Ferwerda (Director, IUCN NL, left) and John Burton (CEO, WLT) sign the Memorandum of Understanding between IUCN NL and WLT.

Some of the projects and organisations supported by the World Land Trust (WLT) over the past five years have also received funding independently from IUCN Netherlands Small Grants for the Purchase of Nature programme (SPN). This has led to increased communication between the two organisations, which in turn has resulted in more effective application of funds, strengthened recipient organisations, and an emerging series of special project opportunities. The protection of endangered habitat in the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in Borneo is most recent WLT project to benefit from such support.

The demonstrated success of the cooperative efforts between IUCN NL and WLT has established a solid foundation for a more extended working partnership. Recognising the value of this, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the two organisations at a meeting held at the IUCN NL offices in Amsterdam in November last year, thus creating a formal working partnership.