Partners and Donors



BIOFIN is managed by UNDP, in partnership with the European Commission and the Governments of Germany, Switzerland, Norway and Flanders. The $28 million initiative was launched in October 2012 and will run through December 2018, with further support being sought to extend it. An additional $3.1 million in finance is provided through several GEF-financed UNDP-managed projects working in core countries to support governments revising National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans and to catalyse sustainable financing for Protected Areas.

The European Commission

Development policies of the European Union are the responsibility of the Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid, the organisation mandated to design EU development policies and deliver aid through programmes and projects across the world. EuropeAid delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness. They promote good governance, human and economic development and tackle universal issues, such as fighting hunger and preserving natural resources. Further information can be found on their Website.

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety

The Ministry is responsible for policies to protect the public from environmental toxins and radiation, and establish an intelligent and efficient use of raw materials, climate action and the promotion of a use of natural resources that conserves biodiversity and secures habitats, as well as creating good housing standards and intact cities. The Ministry develops the legal framework for the areas within its mandate, provides funding for research and development, supports the market launch of innovative technologies, oversees national and international cooperation and informs the general public about its activities through various media.  For information on related projects, see the website of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment

The Federal Office for the environment (FOEN) is part of Switzerland’s federal department of Environment, Transport and communication. Responsible for representing Switzerland in the international scenario for environmental policy, FOEN is committed to conserve and promote the sustainable use of natural resources as well as to enhance the benefits of forests and biodiversity to human well-being.  
Since 2012, FOEN has established a partnership with BIOFIN and provided financial support for the programme. More information about FOEN can be found here.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

The main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is to secure and promote Norway’s interests internationally. Norway’s interests are determined by such factors as its geographical location in a strategically important area, its open economy, its position as a coastal state and steward of substantial marine resources, and its extensive exports of oil and gas. More information about the Ministry can be found on their website.

The Government of Flanders

The Development Cooperation Policy of the Government of Flanders is aligned with global development frameworks, such as the MDGs and the Paris Declaration, currently supports 3 partner countries; Malawi, Mozambique and South-Africa. More information about the Flemish Government can be found on their website.



BIOFIN works with a wide range of partners to share experiences and tools, jointly organise and implement activities, and provide technical feedback into substantive products. The following are some of the main partners at global level. Important national level partners are shown in the country sections.


The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

From the onset BIOFIN closely cooperated with the Secretariat of the CBD, organising joint workshops and other events on resource mobilisation, while sharing the main tools and training materials with all CBD partner countries. From 2015, a new CBD-BIOFIN support mechanism for non-core BIOFIN countries will be rolled out.

The CBD website contains all formal documents and technical reports of the convention, and shows recent and upcoming activities.

Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services - WAVES

Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) is a global partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources are mainstreamed in development planning and national economic accounts.

To learn more about WAVES, visit:


The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity - TEEB

TEEB is an international initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity. Its objective is to highlight the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation and to draw together expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy to enable practical actions.

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The UN Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI)

Launched in 2005 by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), The Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) is a worldwide programme that provides financial and technical support for countries committed to tackle poverty and promote sustainable growth by mainstreaming poverty-environmental into national development planning. PEI focus on government decisions-makers and other stakeholders to mobilize resources and create awareness on the importance of environment and natural resources preservation to reduce poverty and improve livelihood for those that rely on the ecosystem services for their subsistence. 
PEI is funded by the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union, German Cooperation, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the United Kingdom.

To learn more about PEI, visit:


The OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) provides a forum where donor governments and multilateral organizations such as the World Bank and the United Nations System of Organizations (UN) can work together to promote development co-operation and other policies so as to contribute to sustainable development, including pro-poor economic growth, poverty reduction, improvement of living standards in developing countries, and a future in which no country will depend on aid.   

The DAC is also responsible for to measures and monitors external development finance targeting towards environmental objectives conservation through its Creditor Reporting System (CRS) using five “policy markers”, “environment” being the first marker introduced in 1992, followed by the other four markers identifying finance targeting the objectives of the Rio Conventions. The four Rio markers cover: biodiversity (introduced in 1998), climate change adaptation (introduced in 2010), climate change mitigation (introduced in 1998) and desertification (introduced in 1998).

Visit the OECD website for more information on OECD DAC Statistics on External Development Finance Targeting Environmental Objectives including the Rio Conventions.  Available online is a 3-minute introductory video, statistical flyers outlining the key patterns and trends in biodiversity and climate-related aid, data visualisation portals providing access to activity-level information, access to the OECD DAC Creditor Reporting System dataset, details on definitions and methodologies, and related publications and events.

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System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA)

The System of environmental-economic accounting (SEEA) was created with the purpose to integrate environmental and economic accounts to support sustainable management and assess environmental policies. Designed with international statistical standards, SEEA can provide indicators and identify gaps into national sustainable programs enhancing the importance of natural resources assets into the economic development of a country.

The approach used in SEEA to integrate statistics allows multiple purposes and analyses simplifying its implementation and use at national and sub-national levels of countries interested in having a better management in SEEA's key areas; energy, water, land and ecosystems. The revision of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) and its implementation is overseen by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Environmental Economic Accounting and reports to the Statistical Commission. The United Nations Statistics Division provides the Secretariat to these groups.  

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The Fund for Global Environment

The Fund for Global Environment Facility (GEF) is an additional 

parallel partner supporting all countries in the initiative of revising NBSAPs. The GEF is a partnership for international cooperation, in which 182 countries, international institutions, civil society and the private sector participate in solving environmental problems and global problems.
Since its creation in 1991, the GEF has provided 12.5 billion and grants and $ 58 billion in co-financing 3690 projects in 165  developing countries and transition countries. During these 23 years, developing countries and developed countries have contributed to these funds to provide support for activities related to biodiversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, chemicals and residues in the framework of programs and projects. To find more information, please visit:












ValuES is a global project that aids decision-makers in our partner countries in recognizing and integrating ecosystem services into policy making, planning and implementation of specific projects. They do this by developing instruments and training courses, providing technical advice and facilitating planning and decision-making processes. They also promote knowledge-sharing via regional workshops and participation in global discussion forums.

More information about ValuES and its activities, visit: