28 November 2003
Yesterday a Memorandum of Understanding between the World Wide Fund for Nature and Peace Parks Foundation was signed in Soestdijk Palace by HRH Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands, Founder President of the World Wide Fund for Nature International and Founder of Peace Parks Foundation, as well as by Messrs Claude Martin, Director-General of World Wide Fund for Nature International, Gerhard van den Top, Head of Conservation for World Wide Fund for Nature The Netherlands and by two members of the Board and Executive Committee of Peace Parks Foundation, Mr Frits Strietman and Dr John Loudon.
The MoU serves to promote the development and implementation of transfrontier conservation areas (TFCAs) in geographical areas of mutual interest. Both the World Wide Fund for Nature and Peace Parks Foundation recognise that TFCAs can make an important contribution to the conservation of biodiversity through development which is socially equitable, economically viable and environmentally sustainable.
The purpose of the MoU is to make provision for collaboration, on a specific project basis in geographical areas of mutual interest, between the World Wide Fund for Nature and Peace Parks Foundation in using the TFCA's mechanism and necessary supporting activities, including inter alia funding, policy development, training and capacity-building and infrastructure development.