The prime mandate for Development Cooperation in the Netherlands lies with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Directorate General for International Cooperation (DGIS).
The main objective of DGIS is to contribute to structural poverty alleviation in developing countries. The environment as component of sustainable development is integrated in all DGIS policies and interventions: attention for environment-related services, “greening” of all relevant development sectors, sustainable management of the worlds’ ecosystems. One of the major challenges of Dutch Aid is to respond to the Millennium development Goals. With regard to environment and biodiversity MDG-7 is specifically important.
Data on projects and other activities in biodiversity conservation and management within development cooperation can be found on the PROFORIS website.
Information on the more general activities within the development cooperation or international cooperation of the Netherlands in the fields of Environment and Water can be found on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.