WCS Global Initiatives

Policy and Standards

The WCS BACI team supports governments to adopt policies that balance development needs with protection of the ecosystems upon which many locals depend. WCS works with governments, lenders, extractive companies, and civil society to produce national regulations that create a high standard for biodiversity protection.  National standards can establish the ground rules by which industry must operate, create a level playing field for all investors, and add weight and clarity to the requirements lenders and donors have started including in funding agreements.  Many investors are already working to comply with lender requirements, such as IFC Performance Standard 6, and our work provides support for these efforts.

IFC Performance Standard 6

Learn more about the IFC Performance Standards for managing environmental and social risks in terms of biodiversity conservation and sustainable resource management.