Key partners

German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The BMZ is a founding member of the ELD Initiative. Freedom and security for all; a life without poverty, fear and environmental destruction – these are the aims of Germany's development policy. Guiding principles will be protecting human rights and fostering the developing countries' sense of ownership and ability to help themselves.

European Commission

The European Commission (EC) is a founding member of the ELD Initiative promoting the European Union's general interest. The EC delivers humanitarian assistance and international aid worldwide with the goal to protect the environment and to minimise risks to climate, human health and biodiversity

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH acts as a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. The federal enterprise is in demand around the globe – from the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations, the private sector and governments of other countries.

ELD Partners

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is a founding member of the ELD Initiative and the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management in order to restore the productivity of degraded land, improve livelihoods, and reduce the impacts on vulnerable populations.

Global Mechanism

The Global Mechanism (GM) is an institution of the UNCCD providing advisory services, promoting partnerships and demonstrating innovations at the country level to achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) at the national level.

United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is working on the ground in some 170 countries and territories.​​​​​​​

Stockholm Environment Institute

The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) is an international non-profit research and policy organization that tackles environment and development challenges. Their work spans climate, water, air, and land-use issues, and integrates evidence and perspectives on governance, the economy, gender and human health.​​​​​​​

United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) is a global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.​​​​​​​

Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) is a world-leading university. Crawford School of Public Policy at ANU is Asia and the Pacific’s leading graduate public policy school. It is home to some of the region’s most important researchers and many staff are active on government committees and in key advisory roles across government, business and civil society.

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT) is a global network on Sustainable Land Management that promotes the documentation, sharing and use of knowledge to support adaptation, innovation and decision-making in SLM. This is done through:

  • Maintaining a global, open SLM network
  • Providing free access to a global SLM data repository
  • Building capacities at local, regional and national level
  • Harmonizing and developing tools and methods with partners 


Watershed Organisation Trust (WOTR)

WOTR is dedicated to transforming the lives of millions of poor villagers across India through participatory watershed development and ecosystems restoration, climate resilient sustainable agriculture, integrated and efficient water management and climate change adaptation, with a special emphasis on building resilience of vulnerable communities, farmers, and women. Learn more

World Agroforestry Centre

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) is a CGIAR research centre that harnesses the benefits of trees for people and the environment. Leveraging the world’s largest repository of agroforestry science and information, it develops knowledge practices, from farmers’ fields to the global sphere, to ensure food security and environmental sustainability

United Nations University

The United Nations University (UNU) is a global think tank and postgraduate teaching organisation headquartered in Japan. The mission of the UN University is to contribute, through collaborative research and education, to efforts to resolve the pressing global problems of human survival, development and welfare.


University of Leeds 

The University of Leeds is one of the largest higher education institutions in the UK. The Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) of the university combines social and natural sciences in leading-edge, interdisciplinary research through a series of major international projects and centres looking at the different dimensions of sustainability.

Green Growth Knowledge Platform

GGKP is a global network of organisations and experts that identifies and addresses major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. GGKP was established in 2012, and is led by the Global Green Growth Institute, the OECD, UNEP, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization and the World Bank.

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International Union for Conservation of Nature

IUCN is a membership Union composed of both government and civil society organisations. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its more than 1,400 Member organisations and the input of more than 18,000 experts. This diversity and vast expertise makes IUCN the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Learn more

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (WEF)  is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.