This new strategy is the culmination of collective reflection by its member institutions, its Scientific and Technical Committee and its Secretariat, nourished of discussions with stakeholders from civil society and the research world. It presents the FFEM, its strategic objectives, and reminds the procedure for submitting a project to the FFEM.
REAFFIRMED COMMITMENTS AND NEW POTENTIALS FOR INNOVATION
The new strategy of the FFEM builds on the previous FFEM strategies, while at the same time identifying new potentials for innovation to benefit the environment and sustainable development.
The approach of the FFEM remains focused on the partnership dimension of its projects and its practice of evaluation and capitalization, which are fundamental for its identity and actions. Its core objective is indeed to learn lessons from the pilot and innovative experiences that it funds, in order to spread the new methods and practices developed and tested as part of the projects. The strategy of the FFEM seeks to coordinate with those of other partners and donors.
Furthermore, the FFEM reaffirms the priority given to Africa and the Mediterranean with a financial commitment objective of about two thirds of its resources.
Beyond these renewed commitment, the FFEM focuses on new potentials for innovation, including: the preservation and governance of high seas; the product life cycle, pollutants and wastes; or the emergence of pilot territories with “high biodiversity ambitions”.
FIVE NEW PRIORITY THEMES
The strategy identifies five priority themes, which will guide the selection of projects supported over the 2019-2022 period:
- Protection and enhancement of biodiversity;
- Sustainable forests and agricultural lands;
- Resilience of aquatic ecosystems;
- Energy transition and resilient cities;
- Product life cycle, pollution, and wastes.
It also specifies the tools or procedures for innovation that will be the subject of special attention:
- Digital technologies;
- Nature-based solutions;
- Frugal innovation;
- The “One Health” approach.