Through partnerships we
can promote environmental stewardship, spur economic
growth, and encourage social development in order
to expand the circle of development.
John Turner, Assistant
Secretary of State for Oceans and International
Environmental and Scientific Affairs
Private sector involvement
in aquatic conservation efforts ensures that the
core competencies of our global community are
leveraged to their maximum capacity. The ICWRP
model facilitates the engagement of corporate
technical and administrative resources and capabilities,
beyond just financial support. Companies can contribute
their expertise through:
Involvement in the ICWRP
Council, the governing body that oversees ICWRP
projects and shapes its strategic objectives;
Allying with NGOs in
the community surrounding the conservation site;
Promoting ICWRP through
existing corporate networks.
around the world are recognizing the links among
environmental stewardship, best business practices,
and global and social responsibility. Sustainable
development has become a high priority, especially
for industries that rely heavily on natural resources,
including clean, safe water and the plant and
animal life sustained therein.
Active private sector collaboration
in the conservation of wetlands and other aquatic
habitat can complement existing corporate awareness
about responsible practices in limiting a company's
"environmental footprint." Many companies
are already reducing unnecessary water use, carrying
out recycling and other programs to cut down on
waste, and practicing other "green"
activities. Despite these notable efforts, the
world's wetlands are still disappearing at a remarkable
rate. In the last 200 years, we have lost more
than half of our world's wetlands. Wetlands provide
a multitude of vital ecological functions, including
flood buffering, erosion control, and water quality
improvement. Preserving and maintaining our wetlands
is a necessary component of sustainable development
in emerging and industrial economies alike. Clearly,
there is a need for greater involvement in the
preservation and conservation of aquatic habitat,
and ICWRP aims to fill that gap.
do companies get in return for their support?
to Sustainable Development and Corporate Citizenship
Perhaps most importantly,
involvement in ICWRP signals an active commitment
to good global corporate citizenship. Initiatives
that prioritize the conservation of vital natural
habitat ensure that our world’s diverse
natural treasures are available for generations
A Voice in the Partnership
The ICWRP model was created
to be flexible. As a result, corporate and other
contributions can be provided to the general fund
or to a particular site, geographic region, or
project. In other words, ICWRP matches aquatic
habitats in need to donors' preferences.
Furthermore, private sector
sponsors of ICWRP projects are not just expected
to contribute financially. Instead, ICWRP partners
are welcome to contribute their expertise in other
ways, including through providing technical and
administrative assistance to the partnership.
The ICWRP Council has been envisioned to include
private, NGO, and public sector participation.
The United Nations Foundation,
the Coastal America Foundation, and The Nature
Conservancy are classified under U.S. tax code
as 501(c)3 organizations, which means that corporate
contributions are eligible for tax deductionregardless
of whether or not corporate donations are geared
toward the developing worldand may also
be eligible for matching funds.
a list of potential large-scale project sites.
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a list of potential small-scale project sites.
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