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Supporting Structures for the LifeWeb Initiative

As of: October 2021

The project supported structures that underpin the success of the LifeWeb Initiative. This initiative was launched at the 9th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and facilitates global financing for protected areas. The project built an online platform to serve as a global clearing house and virtual marketplace. The Coordination Office brokered partnerships between donors and recipients.

State of implementation/results

  • Project completed
  • Global partnerships brokered to finance the expansion and more effective management of protected areas worldwide, to help countries to nationally implement the Programme of Work on Protected Areas (PoWPA) of the CBD
  • Published expressions of interest submitted by national governments on the LifeWeb website, organised roundtables with potential donors and recipients
  • Indentified the need for financial support for numerous protected areas and published the information on the LifeWeb website which was specially set up for this purpose: as of March 2013, 109 protected areas in 78 countries listed their funding requirements, totalling around EUR 491 million 
  • As of March 2013, a total of 62 donor-recipient contacts were successfully brokered via LifeWeb in partnership with 17 donors, with a funding totalling around EUR 200 million
  • Organised and participated in numerous awareness-raising activities in the field of protected area management, i.e. a contribution to the UNEP-WCMC Protected Planet Report 2012, development of the LifeWeb Carbon Calculator (a tool for estimating carbon storage within protected areas), activities to support events at the biodiversity negotiations in 2010 and 2012 and the climate negotiations in 2010 and 2011

Project data


Implementing organisation:
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) - Canada

Political partner(s):
  • Diverse biodiversity relevant institutions in the respective partner countries/Diverse biodiversitätsrelevante Institutionen in den entsprechenden Partnerländern

BMU grant:
1.070.614,00 €

12/2008  till  12/2011


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