Through two specific financial tools, FFEM encourages actors in the field to implement their initiatives combining environmental conservation and local development, in particular in Africa. There is a specific procedure for these two financial tools, with calls for projects open for limited periods.
THE SMALL-SCALE INITIATIVES PROGRAM (PPI)
To respond to French strategy guidelines for biodiversity and to the wishes of civil society, the FFEM funds the Small-scale Initiatives Program (PPI). This program promotes the structuring of new players in Southern civil society that work for the environment, and it provides help in implementing their projects, in line with the international agreements on the environment.
Since 2006, five FFEM grants have helped support more than 200 projects implemented by local organizations. The PPIs in progress, in partnership with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and its French committee, have made it possible to launch conservation projects or nature-based solutions to assist NGOs in West and Central Africa and the Maghreb.
PRIVATE SECTOR INNOVATION FACILITY (FISP)
The FISP is a specific financing solution targeting the private sector and operating via donations or repayable advances. Its purpose is to encourage and support innovative initiatives by the private sector that benefit the environment and development. Financing is in this way supplied to the private sector in partnership with local authorities and civil society in developing countries, for projects that can be replicated and that provide economic, social, and environmental benefits.
Since the launch of the FISP in 2012, five calls for projects have been launched in the field of climate change, targeting both mitigation and adaptation: 212 applications were received, 42 selected for examination, and 15 accepted to date.
Sustainable refrigeration and air-conditioning
In 2020, FFEM has launched a new call for project proposals aimed at supporting innovations in “Sustainable refrigeration and air-conditioning” in developing countries. Proposals should address the implementation, in developing countries, of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, including the Paris Agreement (2015).
Specifically targeted are projects that will allow sustainable refrigeration or air-conditioning, favouring integrated approaches, whether through furthering the use of refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment and facilities using so-called “natural” refrigerant fluids which offer greater energy efficiency; or through alternative solutions without recourse to refrigerant fluids. Projects related to the transfer of skills and technologies for the implementation and maintenance of the best available techniques and technologies in the application of environmental best practice were particularly welcomed.