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Why is it the very high time to enhance cooperation between the non-profit and the for-profit sector
Biodiversity loss is accelerating worldwide also in the Visegrad countries, causing decline of ecosystem services and natural resources, which are the preconditions for human well-being, and economy, including businesses to operate.
Ecosystems do not know political borders. Visegrad countries share unique cross-border natural heritage, ensuring different services like clean air and water, the maintenance of which is in line with the interests of each Visegrad country. Well-designed sustainable operation of businesses contributes to the conservation of this uniqueness, while environmentally friendly business operation improves competitiveness for Visegrad companies. In order to achieve this mutual benefit, the project aims to involve different stakeholders to work for the sake of biodiversity and thus finally for the benefit of all. Besides, channelling the project outputs into Visegrad policy discussions would result in common Visegrad standpoint about proper business and NGO cooperation.
Establishing partnerships, however, is a complex and sensitive process due to different viewpoints. While in Western Europe, the exchange between nature conservation NGOs and the private sector has a long history, civil society in the Visegrad countries has no significant experience in this field. This project aims to initiate discussion to create ownership and real interest in working together for biodiversity conservation in the region.
Biodiversity, its services, and natural resources form basis for humanity’
Veronika Kiss, firstname.lastname@example.org, +36-1-398-01-
Project website: http://www.ceeweb.org/