Tuesday, 15 November 2016
It is a pleasure for me to introduce the third mapping of environmental funding by European foundations.In his forward to the mapping, European Commissioner for Environment, Fisheries and Maritime Affairs Karmenu Vella underlines that “environment belongs to us all” and enormous challenges lie ahead. With the Paris agreement and the UN sustainable development goals the institutional-based “good intentions” are in place. In order to translate these intentions into “tangible results” there is a very important role to play by NGOs, think tanks and centres of academic excellence in terms of knowledge and voicing a broad spectrum of concerns and ideas. Philanthropy can, according to the commissioner, “amplify a multitude of voices helping to deliver a fairer society for all”.