Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC)
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In operating with other federal offices concerned, SDC is responsible for the overall coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation. The goal of development cooperation is that of reducing poverty. It is meant to foster economic self-reliance and state autonomy, to contribute to the improvement of production conditions, to help in finding solutions to environmental problems, and to provide better access to education and basic healthcare services.
1. Reintroduction of community forests in Nepal: The Nepal-Swiss forestry project aims to achieve sustainable improvements in the living conditions of forest users and disadvantaged families in four of Nepal’s poorest districts. In the past few decades, the NSCFP’s contribution to the spectacular recovery of forest resources in community forests has earned international respect, and this programme sets the direction of future efforts to improve carbon storage by forests.
2. Climate change in Peru: maximising resilience to minimise vulnerability: The SDC supports a climate change adaptation programme in the highlands of Peru with the objective of preserving the livelihood of the poor communities in the regions of Cusco and Apurimac and reducing their vulnerability to climate change.
3. Forestry programme in Kyrgyzstan: Protecting walnut trees generates new income: Depletion of forests by private companies jeopardizes the livelihood of Kyrgyzstan’s rural population so, since 1995, Switzerland has been supporting a forestry programme aimed at preserving and extending the remaining tracts of forest. Sustainable forestry management safeguards ecological equilibrium as well as creating new sources of income.