Summary of EA programme
The Netherlands form the home base of IUCN NL's Ecosystem Alliance. Together with Both ENDS and Wetlands it supports CSO capacity in 16 tropical countries to protect ecosystems for human well-being, and supports them with international advocacy. With other Dutch-based IUCN members such as WWF Netherlands, or Natuur en Milieu and Friends of the Earth Netherlands as well, it lobbies for policy and practice changes in the Netherlands and EU to make international soy, biomass, palm oil and mineral production and consumption more sustainable. It lobbies for better protection of water rights, river basin and wetland management; and for inclusive climate mitigation and adaptation policies.
IUCN NL particularly cooperates with and advises and lobbies Dutch policy makers and businesses to integrate natural capital into their strategies. This happens among others through IUCN NL's platforms Leaders for Nature, or its Platform Biodiversity, Economy and Ecology (BEE) which it manages together with VNO-NCW (the Dutch Employers' Association). IUCN NL has almost 40 Dutch based members in its platform, many of which defend biodiversity and ecosystems in the Netherlands itself such as Natuurmonumenten, 12 Landscapes, Waddenvereniging, Vlinderstichting (Foundation for Butterflies), or Birdlife Netherlands.