WWF is one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, working in 100 countries for half a century. WWF has been active in Nepal since the 1960s. WWF’s work in Nepal is focused in the Terai Arc Landscape (TAL), Sacred Himalayan Landscape (SHL) including Koshi River Basin, and Chitwan Annapurna Landscape (CHAL). WWF Nepal works to conserve key species, forests and freshwater, and to reduce the impacts of climate change on communities, species and ecosystems. The effective delivery of conservation results under the above thematic areas are supported by crosscutting programs on policy and advocacy, sustainable livelihoods, communications, and education. To this end, WWF Nepal works in partnership with several offices under the WWF network. WWF Finland is a key partner to WWF Nepal in this regard. Together, they are implementing several conservation and development projects in Nepal since 2004.
Building and Wood Workers’ International Nepal Affiliate Committee (BWI-NAC)
The Building and Wood Worker’s International (BWI) is the Global Union Federation grouping of free and democratic unions with members in the building, building materials, wood, forestry and allied sectors. The BWI comprises of around 328 trade unions representing approximately 12 million members in 130 countries. Its main mission is to promote the development of trade unions in the wood and forestry, construction, plumbing, and painting sectors globally, and to promote and enforce workers’ rights in the context of sustainable development. The BWI facilitated the establishment of Building and Wood Workers’ International Nepal Affiliate Committee (BWI-NAC) in 2002. BWI-NAC works in the building, wood and construction sectors. BWI-NAC comprises Construction and Allied Workers Union in Nepal (CAWUN) and Central Union of Painters, Plumbers, Electro and Construction (CUPPEC). CAWUN currently has 125,000 members and covers 43 districts while CUPPEC has 135,000 members in 60 districts of Nepal.
Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland (SASK)
The Trade Union Solidarity Centre of Finland (SASK) was founded in 1986 by the central organization of Finnish trade unions and its affiliated unions. Since then, it has become a widely representative solidarity body of the Finnish trade union movement in managing overseas development assistance projects in the areas of labor and trade union development. Currently SASK manages over 55 projects in 40 different countries. Using trade union solidarity as its platform, SASK aims to promote social and economic equality in developing countries by supporting labor and trade union organizations. SASK believes that a strong and democratic trade union movement is the cornerstone of a functional civil society. This can be achieved through promoting independent and strong trade unions that are governed and financed by their members. SASK works in close partnership with other Trade Union Solidarity Support Organisations (TUSSO) to ensure that resources can be better coordinated to enhance benefits.