Modelling the link between nature conservation and human rights

In 2019 and 2021, MAVA launched two calls for proposals for Learning and Sharing Grants, seeking to encourage a learning culture and increase knowledge among the conservation community. One of the 2019 grants was awarded to WWF Adria for the project ‘Together possible: human rights and nature conservation nexus for stronger impacts’.

One of the outcomes of this funding support is a recently published report entitled ‘Case study and Impact Assessment matrix’. Based on a case study conducted as part of the project, WWF Adria in cooperation with Human Rights House Zagreb developed an Assessment tool that helps nature conservation organisations to respect, promote and protect human rights in their work. The tool guides organisations in:

  • Identifying human rights in relation to their work
  • Assessing how their work contributes to specific human rights
  • Assessing the organisation’s level of impact in this respect – does the organisation contribute to the promotion and/or protection of specific human rights?
  • Developing strategies and programmes that include human rights perspectives

The aim of this tool is for nature conservation organisations and activists to better understand the connections between human rights and nature conservation and to raise awareness about the benefits of nature conservation to human rights and citizens’ day-to-day life. This tool is also designed to inspire nature conservation organisations and groups and to provide them with additional directions for their human rights-based work benefitting nature, individuals, and societies.


In addition to this publication, the grant also enabled WWF Adria to develop a short animated video that is used as a starting point into conversations, trainings and capacity development activities, presenting a holistic approach to nature conservation challenges and opportunities.


To learn more, do not hesitate to contact WWF Adria.

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