Private sector funders interested in funding desertification projects? (UNEP)

Private sector funders interested in funding desertification projects?

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Question: Desertification/Somalia

Greetings:  I came across your website

Q: Do you or any of your colleagues know of any private sector funders (foundations, environmental funds, etc) that are interested in funding desertification projects?

Here is the context:   UNEP has a provisional plan for some programs in Somalia (attached concept-note-somalia),


Capacity Building in Environmental Governance and Biodiversity Conservation in Somalia
(Tentative Budget: $1,980,000)
Project Duration: 3 years (2009 to 2012)

but because the humanitarian needs are so urgent, the agency is unable to attract donor funding to address  environmental challenges — despite the fact that these problems are extensive, directly affect the humanitarian situation, and are part of any long-term resolution to Somalia’s crisis.

If you  or any colleagues can suggest possible funders that UNEP might approach, I’d appreciate it. I am in contact with the UNEP employee in question and can add more context or put you (or relevant colleagues) into contact  if you think you have any ideas.

Thanks, Nic

Nicolas Cook
African Affairs
Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division
U.S. Congressional Research Service
Washington DC
Tel. (202) 707-0429   FAX (202) 707-3415

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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