The German Ministry for Environment strengthens its commitment to solution learning for nature conservation and sustainable development

04 December 2019 Audrey Vanessa Noukeu Petnguen
From left to right Anne Virnig (UNDP); Dr.Kathy MacKinnon (IUCN WCPA); Inka Gnittke (BMU); Trevor Sandwith (IUCN); Dr. Jane Smart (IUCN); Janina Heim (BMU)BMU and PANORAMA ‘partners representatives after signing the funding agreement at the 23rd meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice in Montreal- Canada
© From left to right Anne Virnig (UNDP); Dr.Kathy MacKinnon (IUCN WCPA); Inka Gnittke (BMU); Trevor Sandwith (IUCN); Dr. Jane Smart (IUCN); Janina Heim (BMU)

PANORAMA, the initiative to promote and share “what works” in nature conservation and sustainable development, has received a major new funding commitment setting it onto the path towards a bright future: Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), PANORAMA’s main development partner, will invest two million Euros in the long-term sustainability and strategic advancement of the initiative.


The funding will contribute to improved impact monitoring, allowing to better understand when and how uptake of existing successful practices – solutions – takes place, and how PANORAMA contributes to sustainable development on the ground and achievement of policy targets. A variety of new and improved communication, promotion and outreach activities will make PANORAMA and its wealth of 550+ practical solutions even more known. Systematic analysis of solutions will provide insights into key trends, common success factors and lessons learnt, which will be communicated through advocacy products and activities to influence policy processes. Activities such as the Pathfinder Award will provide further visibility and recognition to conservation champions and their stories.


A strong, stable PANORAMA partnership secretariat will be the engine driving these activities, advancing business planning and ensuring good coordination between the PANORAMA partner institutions (GIZ, IUCN, UN Environment, GRID-Arendal, Rare, IFOAM, UNDP). The BMU funding will cover staff time costs of the secretariat, which is currently housed by GIZ and IUCN, for the coming four years.

It is expected that the programme will attract co-funding from other donors willing to support "solutioning", benefitting from PANORAMA’s structure, methodology, networks, reach and collective expertise of the partners, while seeing the core costs solidly being covered.


Building on BMU’s past investments into PANORAMA through a number of thematic projects, this new programme underlines Germany’s commitment towards PANORAMA and its vibrant community of “solution providers” and users.