Members and Partners


CAB International (CABI)

CAB International is a not-for-profit science-based development and information organization. CABI improves people's lives while the company, where students buy book reports is our sponsor and provides information and applies scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment. CABI helps address the challenges of food security by helping farmers grow more and lose less, by improving crop yields, safeguarding the environment and improving access to agricultural and environmental scientific knowledge.

Development Alternatives (Devalt)

Development Alternatives is an international research and action organisation based in India, that designs and delivers eco-solutions for the poor and the marginalised. The group engages in scientific research and innovation, on-the-ground implementation of eco solutions as well as communication and policy influence.

The Global Mechanism (GM)

The Global Mechanism is s a subsidiary body of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification dedicated to supporting developing countries to increase investments into Sustainable Land Management, in order to help reverse, control and prevent land degradation and desertification.

Global Risk Forum Davos (GRF Davos)

Global Risk Forum Davos aims at serving as a centre of knowledge and know-how exchange for the application of contemporary risk management strategies, tools and practical solutions. Thus, GRF Davos aims at reducing vulnerability for all types of risks and disasters to protect life, property, environment, critical infrastructure and all means of business for the worldwide community on a sustainable basis.

Joint Research Centre (JRC) European Commission / Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES)

The Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) is one of the seven scientific institutes of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Its mission is to provide scientific and technical support to EU policies for the protection of the European and global environment. The IES carries out research to understand the complex interactions between human activity and the physical environment, and how to manage strategic resources (water, land, forests, food, minerals, etc.) in a more sustainable manner.

Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

ODI is Britain’s leading independent think tank on international development and humanitarian issues. Their mission is to inspire and inform policies and practices which lead to the reduction of poverty, the alleviation of suffering and the achievement of sustainable livelihoods in developing countries.

Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)

The Stockholm Environment Institute is an independent international research institute providing integrated analysis to support decision makers engaged in environmental and development issues at local, national, regional and global policy levels. SEI has an established a reputation for rigorous and objective scientific analysis in the field of environment and development.

The Foundation for Sustainable Energy Development (sDOE)

The Foundation for Sustainable Energy Development is a Dutch group comprised of municipalities, businesses, and housing associations, that collectively contribute to cost reductions for renewable products such as solar panels, wind turbines, LED lighting, and green energy. The Foundation combines pursuing profits with an active focus on people, environment and social issues.

Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE)

The Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center brings science, graduate education and technical cooperation together to reduce poverty through integrated management of agriculture and natural resources in Latin America and the Caribbean. CATIE combines cutting edge scientific research, education, and technical cooperation. It works hand-in-hand with families, local organizations, national authorities, regional platforms and international partners to influence public policy and decision-making.

United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)

The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean promotes economic and social development through regional and subregional cooperation and integration. ECLAC gathers, organizes, interprets and disseminates information and data relating to the economic and social development of the region, and provides advisory services to Governments. ELCAC formulates and promotes development cooperation activities and projects of regional and sub-regional scope commensurate with the needs and priorities of the region and acts as an executing agency for such projects;

United Nations University – Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU – INWEH)

The Institute for Water, Environment and Health is the United Nations Think Tank on Water, created by the United Nations University Governing Council in 1996 to strengthen water management capacity, particularly in developing countries, and to provide on-the-ground project support. Its core funding is provided by the Government of Canada and it is hosted at McMaster University.

World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies (WOCAT)

The World Overview of Conservation Approaches and Technologies is an established global network of Soil and Water Conservation (SWC) specialists, contributing to sustainable land management (SLM). WOCAT’s goal is to prevent and reduce land degradation through SLM technologies and their implementation approaches. The network provides tools that allow SLM specialists to identify fields and needs of action, and share their valuable knowledge in land management.

London School of Economics (UK) (LSE)

The London School of Economics is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences, from economics, politics and law to sociology, anthropology, accounting and finance. In 2008 LSE’s outstanding success in the Research Assessment Exercise confirmed it as a world leading research university. The School had the highest percentage of world leading research of any university in the UK, topping or coming close to the top of a number of rankings of research excellence.

University of Kent (UK)

Based in Canterbury, Medway and Brussels, the University of Kent is a leading UK university that makes a major economic, social, and cultural contribution: by providing excellent opportunities in Higher Education for the most able students regardless of social and educational disadvantage, by undertaking innovative world-leading research, and by leading innovation, enterprise and creative activities. The University has a strong international impact based on its external networks and partnerships with leading universities in Europe and around the world

University of Leeds (UK)

The University of Leeds is Yorkshire’s oldest and largest university, and one of the UK’s top research universities. Much of the world-class research carried out at the University of Leeds has a far-reaching and positive impact on addressing global sustainability issues, as the University embodies the values of academic excellence, community, integrity, inclusiveness and professionalism.

University of York (UK)

The University of York is among the leading teaching and research institutions in the UK. Its vision is to be a world leader in the creation of knowledge through fundamental and applied research, the sharing of knowledge by teaching students from varied backgrounds, and the application of knowledge for the health, prosperity and well-being of people and society.

University of Twente (NL), Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies (IGS)

The Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies is one of the priority research institutes of the University of Twente. It performs multi-disciplinary research and postgraduate research training in the field of the governance and management of technological and social innovation. In this, issues of co-ordination, steering and the operation of (networks of) institutions in both public and private sectors are core research foci, based on a multi-level, multi-actor perspective. IGS strives to combine scientific excellence with relevance for our stakeholders in the public and private sector.

Wageningen University (NL)

Wageningen University is the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. The university does so by working closely together with governments and the business community. Researchers at Wageningen University are active around the globe, and the university hosts students from over 100 countries. The mission of the university is, ‘To explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life.’

University of Berne (CH), Centre for Development and Environment (CDE)

The Centre for Development and Environment (CDE) is the University of Bern’s centre for sustainable development research. The University of Bern has a long tradition of sustainable development research in Switzerland and also worldwide; together with its academic partners in the North and South, CDE coordinates the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) North-South and the International Graduate School (IGS) North-South, a collaborative programme between the universities of Bern, Basel, and Zurich.

The Life Science Zurich PhD Program in Ecology

The Life Science Zurich PhD Program in Ecology was launched in 1999 as a pioneer PhD program. Since then, it has provided an excellent scientific environment offering a number of diverse seminars and courses for the enrolled students. The aim is to increase the research competence of PhD students in the interdisciplinary field of ecology and to provide them with useful skills for their professional life, whether this is in an academic institution or following another career path.


African Development Bank (AfDB)

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group’s mission is to help reduce poverty, improve living conditions for Africans, and mobilize resources for the continent’s economic and social development. With this objective in mind, the institution aims at assisting African countries – individually and collectively – in their efforts to achieve sustainable economic development and social progress. Combating poverty is at the heart of the continent’s efforts to attain sustainable economic growth. To this end, the Bank seeks to stimulate and mobilize internal and external resources to promote investments as well as provide its regional member countries with technical and financial assistance.

Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

The Convention on Biological Diversity was opened for signature on 5 June 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (the Rio “Earth Summit”). It entered into force on 29 December 1993, and has 3 main objectives: the conservation of biological diversity; the sustainable use of the components of biological diversity; and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising out of the utilization of genetic resources.

Det Norske Veritas (DNV Business Assurance)

DNV (Det Norske Veritas) is an independent foundation with the core competency of identifying, assessing, and advising on how to manage risk.  DNV KEMA Energy & Sustainability provides consulting, testing and certification services to the global energy sector including renewable energy, carbon reduction and energy efficiency, power generation, transmission & distribution.  DNV is a founding member of the Sustainia Initiative, which encourages organizations and engaged individuals to present their sustainable solutions or ideas to help build “Sustainia”, a desirable sustainable future.

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD)

The Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) is an initiative for a global study on the economic benefits of land and land based ecosystems. The initiative highlights the value of sustainable land management and provides a global approach for analysis of the economics of land degradation. It aims to make economics of land degradation an integral part of policy strategies and decision making by increasing the political and public awareness of the costs and benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.

International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is he world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization. Conserving biodiversity is central to the mission of IUCN, which  aims to demonstrate how biodiversity is fundamental to addressing some of the world’s greatest challenges: tackling climate change, achieving sustainable energy, improving human well-being and building a green economy.

Land Policy Initiative (LPI) (AU – AFDB – UNECA)

The LPI is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium constituted by the AUC, the ECA and the AfDB.. It is mandated by the African Union to be used in support of national and regional land policy processes, and is moving toward assisting AU member states in developing or reviewing their land policies as well as in implementing and evaluating these policies. In this regard, the LPI Secretariat is tasked to make available land related information, to build the capacity of member states and other stakeholders in using the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa, and to improve networking and lesson sharing among African experts across the continent.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. Transferring its knowledge to the private sector and society at large is one of ETH Zurich’s primary concerns, as it helps to find long-term solutions to global challenges. The focal points of its research include energy supply, risk management, developing the cities of the future, global food security and human health.

The United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC)

The UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) is a collaboration between the United Nations Environment Programme, and the World Conservation Monitoring Centre, a UK-based charity. The Centre’s goal is to provide authoritative, relevant and timely information for countries, multi-lateral environment agreements, organizations, and companies to use in the development and implementation of their policies and decisions.

Partners from the South: OSLO engages local partner organizations in each of the countries of intervention to carry out a substantial part of the data collection and empirical assessment under the close coordination and technical backstopping of the consortium.

Government Partners:

• Norway

• Denmark

• Finland

• Sweden

• Italy

• Cambodia

• Tanzania

• Zambia

• European Commission

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