Partnership between MAVA Foundation and KfW

Published: 23 July 2018
Last edited: 01 April 2019

A strong partnership between MAVA Foundation and KfW (on behalf of the German government) enabled the creation of the Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT) in 2015. Both partners have invested considerable funds in the Prespa region in the past in different projects and to sustain their efforts in perpetuity they joined forces to mobilise enough money to give PONT a great start. The initial endowment and sinking fund investments of both MAVA Foundation and KfW (28.2 Million Euro in total) enable PONT to co-finance the work of the protected areas and NGOs until at least 2030.


Alliance and partnership development
Sustainable financing
Scale of implementation
Phase of solution
Inception phase

Enabling factors

Willingness by two strong donors for long-term financing of a biodiversity hotspot


Each donor has its geographical limitations but join forces to conserve the whole Prespa Ecoregion


Dependency on each other through co-financing. The initial funding by MAVA Foundation enabled KfW to lobby for funding by the German government


Creation of synergies by experiences in supporting NGOs and the government sector.


Support by other actors such as WWF Greece, Frankfurt Zoological Society, Caucasus Nature Fund, EuroNatur and CEPF

Lessons learned

Two strong donors invested in a specific geographical area, a biodiversity hotspot, in different projects. Both donors understood that to conserve this area it is important to secure long-term financing within and across state boundaries and for protected area management bodies as well as the civil society. It was understood that the financing gaps were mainly in the financing of running/operational costs. Both parties joined forces through the creation of a transboundary conservation trust fund to make this happen as they couldn't achieve the funding coverage of the whole ecoregion on their own. They did this with the help of strong partners with extensive knowledge in the Prespa area i.e. WWF Greece and the Frankfurt Zoological Society. WWF Greece conducted the feasibility study on behalf of MAVA Foundation and KfW with the help of funding by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF). Caucasus Nature Fund and the Frankfurt Zoological Society gave important inputs as well.

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