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Nature Trust Alliance

Collaboration for Conservation

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Nature Trust Alliance (NTA) is a unique collaboration between several of Europe’s leading conservation trust funds: the Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) and Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT) and the Blue Action Fund. Since the end of 2020 th newly established Legacy Landscapes Fund (LLF) joined as well.

Established in 2016 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany,  NTA provides operational support services (financial management, administration, communications, reporting, etc.), so the funds can focus on their core missions of employing innovative and sustainable financing mechanisms for nature conservation.

While conservation trust fund cooperation had been discussed within the trust fund community for a number of years it is believed that the NTA shared services initiative is a first.

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Blue Action Fund supports national and international non-governmental organizations in their efforts to conserve the oceans and coastlines in the developing world, focusing on the most sensitive coastal waters of Africa, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. Our goal is to contribute to reducing the dramatic loss of marine biodiversity and to advancing local development, e.g. through stabilizing incomes in coastal communities or enhancing coastal protection.

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Caucasus Nature Fund (CNF) is a regional conservation trust fund created to protect the unique biodiversity of Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Georgia. Starting with only €7 million in endowment capital, CNF now has a total capital, including endowment and sinking fund, of over €30 million. Established in 2007, CNF gave its first grant in 2010 and has built its grant program steadily over the last five years; CNF’s current annual programmatic budget is more than €1 million.

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Prespa Ohrid Nature Trust (PONT), also a regional conservation trust fund, was established in late 2015 with an initial focus to conserve the unique biodiversity of the Wider Prespa Area on the borders of Albania, Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. With an initial capital of over €20 million. It will begin its grant program in late 2017.

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The Legacy Landscapes Fund is a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), KfW Development Bank (KfW), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Campaign for Nature (CfN), Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF). Additional public and private actors are invited to join the initiative.

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As relatively small organizations, conservation trust funds (CTF) in general struggle to find the right balance between the size, qualifications and cost of administrative and support staff. Combined with volatile financial markets, limited funding opportunities, and sometimes rigorous reporting and compliance, CTF’s can find stability by collaboration and consolidating their “back office” activities to streamline their operations. Sharing services can be a key strategy for supporting CTF effectiveness: sharing overhead costs and eliminating redundancies across organizations helps the CTF sector be more efficient, reduce costs and risk, improve access to high-quality services and foster the collaborations that lead to program innovation.


  • Alba Carreras

    Prior to joining NTA in 2017 Alba worked in the international banking and finance sector for nine years. She held various positions in Spain and the …

  • Nevila Xhepa

    Prior to joining NTA in 2019, Nevila worked for several years in  small and medium private companies, as well as  in the non-profit sector, …

    Finance & Administrative Coordinator
  • Daniela Glatthaar

    Before joining NTA in November 2020, Daniela had gained a profound background of 20+ years in banking and operations, where she held different positions …

    Finance & Administrative Coordinator
  • Marion Dumitraskovic

    Marion has a degree in biology. Prior to joining NTA, she worked for over 20 years in sales and marketing for smaller companies and …

    Communications & Operations Coordinator
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