IFRC, WWF call for global action to protect nature to save lives and address climate crisis

Posted on 07 February 2024

Kathmandu, Nepal, 7 February 2024 – In the face of escalating climate change impacts and an increase in weather-related disasters which particularly affect developing countries like Nepal, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have come together to leverage nature-based solutions to address the climate emergency. Following the global partnership, the IFRC and WWF in Nepal are launching a strategic partnership today with the theme “Working with Nature to Protect People.”

This joint initiative recognizes the critical role of nature-based solutions in both mitigating and adapting to climate change while fostering resilience among communities on the front lines of the crisis. Nature-based solutions, such as forest restoration, water source management, wetland rehabilitation, and river-bank plantations, have proven effective in Nepal, offering benefits beyond disaster risk reduction.

 “We reiterate that tackling climate crises requires protecting wildlife and biodiversity at an ecosystem scale, which is vital to create a future in which people and nature thrive together. The collaboration between IFRC and WWF Nepal is an opportunity to make a difference at scale, and we call on partners to support our joint efforts.” remarked Dr. Ghana Shyam Gurung, the Country Representative of WWF Nepal.

In Nepal, the partnership between IFRC and WWF will leverage their combined expertise and extensive networks to address the ongoing climate crisis, emerging risks, and societal challenges. Through local action and collaboration with government, partners, development agencies, donors, and private sectors, IFRC and WWF aim to integrate nature into climate adaptation strategies. This also includes engagement with authorities at all levels to provide policy advice and coordinate the initiatives as part of wider humanitarian and development efforts.

 “Tackling the climate crises requires protecting diversity and wildlife, and this is vital towards sustaining future generations.” said Mr. Azmat Ulla, Head of Delegation, IFRC.  “The IFRC and WWF collaboration is a great opportunity to make a difference and we call on partners to support”, he added.
IFRC-WWF Nepal partnership launch
IFRC-WWF Nepal partnership launch
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