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The value of partnerships

Examining the value of cross-sectoral/collaborative approaches in crisis situations

The RRF makes support available to natural World Heritage and other high biodiversity sites facing a range of crises, from natural disasters to armed conflict and illegal, acute exploitation of resources.

In many cases, the same crises that threaten biodiversity also severely impact human well-being and livelihoods. For example, among the areas hardest hit by the December 2004 tsunami was Indonesia’s Aceh province, a forested region that is home to numerous endangered species including the Sumatran elephant, rhino and tiger. The tsunami led to tragic loss of human life, massive damage to infrastructure, and a variety of negative impacts on Aceh’s rich biodiversity.

Such events require a rapid response from humanitarian, development and conservation organizations alike. Working in partnership within and across these sectors presents both challenges and opportunities – but in many cases, the combined expertise of multiple organisations or sectors working together can help meet pressing human needs in a manner that also maintains or restores the natural environment.

This section of the RRF website includes a set of resources for organisations – including current and potential RRF applicants – currently involved in, or considering, cross-sectoral partnership(s). Many of these tools are broadly applicable for a range of partnerships, operating in either emergency or non-emergency situations.

As part of the grant application review process, the RRF committee takes into account whether applicants have investigated potential partnerships that might strengthen a proposed intervention. The tools in this section, particularly the Partnership Checklist, should assist applicants to explore the potential value of partnership in their specific context.