IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL)
The IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL) was first convened in 1978 and is the platform of the Dutch members of IUCN, and the Dutch members of the six international IUCN commissions. IUCN NL aims to promote the conservation and responsible management of ecosystems and natural resources in an international context. To this effect, the strategy- and work plans of IUCN NL are developed in co-operation with the Dutch NGO members and the Dutch Government in alignment with the IUCN Global Program.
In September 2006, the Directorate-General for International Co-operation (DGIS) of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs approved the funding proposal for the ?Ecosystems and Human Well-being Programme?, which had been submitted by the IUCN Netherlands Committee (IUCN NL). A key component of the Programme is the set up and co-ordination of Natureandpoverty.net: a knowledge and learning network on nature and poverty linkages. The Nature & Poverty Knowledge and Learning Network (Natureandpoverty.net) evolved out of the natureandpoverty* programme, which has been carried out by WWF-NL, IUCN NL and Friends of the Earth Netherlands together with their Southern partners between 2002 and 2006. Natureandpoverty.net has started its first activities in 2007.