WCS published a brochure show-casing how the conservation of wildlife and wild places is central to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), taking examples from our work. To access the brochure, please click here.
The adoption of the seventeen SDGs in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) represented a significant step in integrating the conservation of wildlife and wild places into the UN’s global development agenda. WCS staff were actively engaged in the effort to include references to terrestrial and marine wildlife and ecosystems in the goals, as included in Goal 14: Life Below Water and Goal 15: Life on Land. We are also working to advocate for the role played by wildlife and wild places in delivering many of the other SDGs, for example in relation to food security, peace and climate action. WCS EU is working to ensure that this agenda is properly implemented at the EU level and that wildlife and wild places are integrated into EU aid and development programmes.
To align with the SDGs, the European Commission's Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO) is taking steps in its support for biodiversity by developing a holistic strategy to support wildlife conservation worldwide. DG DEVCO released a number of ground-breaking in-depth studies including the 2016 study “Larger than Elephants: inputs for an EU strategic approach to wildlife conservation in Africa”, the 2018 study “Larger than Tigers: inputs for an EU strategic approach to biodiversity conservation in Asia” and the 2019 study “Larger than Jaguars: inputs for a strategic approach to biodiversity conservation in Latin America and the Caribbean”. In 2019, DG DEVCO also released a study on the interaction between security and wildlife conservation in sub-Saharan Africa. WCS is working to provide scientific and technical input to these documents and to advocate their full implementation.WCS strongly supports this unprecedented initiative by DG DEVCO to support wildlife conservation, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate on this issue.
WCS recommendations at the EP ENVI hearing on biodiversity (January 2021)
WCS and other NGOs statement following the Finance in Common Summit (November 2020)
WCS EU and other NGOs letter to EU Commissioners on zoonotic outbreaks (October 2020)
WCS EU and other NGOs letter to EU Commissioners on biodiversity finance (September 2020)
WCS EU and other NGOs statement on the EU development aid budget (July 2020)
WCS EU recommendations for the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2030 (June 2020)
WCS EU recommendations for the EU-Africa Strategy (May 2020)
WCS EU comments on a roadmap for the EU Strategy for Biodiversity to 2030 (February 2020)
WCS EU and other NGOs letter to EU Ministers regarding the post-2020 EU budget (May 2019)
WCS EU and other NGOs letter to MEPs regarding the post-2020 EU budget (March 2019)
WCS and other NGOs statement calling for increased funding for biodiversity (April 2018)
WCS response to the Public Consultation on the EU External Financing Instruments (May 2017)