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Who is our customer

Conservation International Foundation (CI), a US-based NGO dedicated to nature conservation, landscape restoration and biodiversity. FMO’s Forestry team is looking to set up a formal partnership with CI focused on knowledge sharing, origination/early lead sourcing and ESG and impact. This project will be a pilot for this partnership. Suriname, 93% of which is covered in forest, and which has a strong local CI office in place, is the right location to pilot the partnership and for FMO to learn if and how the generation of carbon credits can play a role in forestry conservation while supporting local communities.

What is our funding objective?

FMO, through BP, will provide a repayable development contribution (RDC) to CI to set up the Climate Smart Forestry Program (CSF-P). The CSF-P aims to incentivize forest conservation through generating carbon credits by i) reduced impact logging and ii) ecosystem services in the forests by local communities in Suriname. The benefits of the carbon credits will be split between the local communities, the concessionaires, the initial investors (including FMO/BP) and the Surinamese government as owner of the forest land.

Why do we fund this investment?

The primary objective is to examine if a possible partnership with CI is the right fit by doing a joint project. The secondary objective is to test if an innovative financing mechanism centered around carbon credits is feasible.

Website customer/investment
Latin America & The Caribbean
Agribusiness, Food & Water
Effective date
Total FMO financing
EUR 1.33 MLN
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