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Recognizing the growing importance of the European Union (EU) as a global agent of change for sustainable development, in 2010, Conservation International (CI) opened an office in Brussels, Belgium. Having a formal presence in Europe allows CI to deepen relationships with European governments, agencies and civil society organizations.

With 28 member states and 507 million citizens, the EU is the world’s largest economy — and it has a vast stake in the world’s fisheries, timber, land and other resources. The EU is the top provider of official development assistance in the world (with US$ 82 billion disbursed in 2010) and is a key player in international discussions on development, climate change and environmental issues.

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CI Europe is part of CI’s Policy Center for Environment and Peace, created to take on the enormous challenge of moving national governments to adopt policies for protecting the world’s biodiversity and ecosystem services. In 2006, a major partnership was signed with the government of France, and since then CI has expanded its network in Europe, building important relationships with other governments (especially Germany and Norway), NGOs and foundations with a vision of a sustainable development path that supports human well-being.

Some European corporations are also long-time partners of CI’s Conservation Steward Program, which bridges conservation and development through innovative conservation agreements with communities who own or rely on natural resources, an approach that helps conserve biodiversity while improving the quality of life for local communities.