FFEM’s intervention strategy is set for the period 2015-2018

Our strategic priorities

To finance operations that reconcile the protection of the global environment and economic growth in the countries where it operates, FFEM has historically focused its operations on the fields of climate, biodiversity, international waters, land degradation, chemical pollutants and the stratospheric ozone layer.

In 2015, a new strategic programming framework covering the period 2015-2018 prioritized the activities financed by FFEM on the basis of 5 thematic areas:
- Energy transition
- Sustainable urban territories
- Sustainable agriculture and forests
- Innovative financing of biodiversity
- Integrated management and resilience of coastal and marine areas.
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Ville de Cali, Colombie


FFEM focuses on the promotion of sustainable rural territories, the preservation of natural resources and ecosystems and climate change mitigation and resilience.

MYC Project


FFEM takes action to address the challenge of environmentally-friendly urban growth, which provides resilience to the impacts of climate change for populations and guarantees them a better quality of life.

Lanizelana valley


Mobilizing additional and innovative resources for biodiversity conservation.

FFEM’s action aims to support the achievement of the three objectives of the Convention on Biological Diversity and to achieve Target 20 of the Aichi Targets for 2020 related to the mobilization of financial resources.

Senegal, Casamance, solar lamp


FFEM promotes the energy transition in these countries by financing in particular projects that provide sustainable and affordable access to energy for all and favor renewable energies in power generation.



FFEM finances operations for the integrated management and resilience of coastal and marine areas.

It supports actions for integrated sustainable management from watersheds to the high seas, beyond areas of national jurisdiction.

This thematic area integrates two approaches related to:

  • Integrated Coastal Area Management (ICAM)
  • Integrated Sea and Coastal Management (ISCM)

Since the last strategic programming framework (SPF 2015-2018), FFEM has adopted two crosscutting objectives which intersect with the 5 thematic priorities.

These crosscutting objectives give additional coherence to FFEM’s actions and strengthen its innovative and demonstrative positioning:

  • Sustainable consumption and production
  • Innovative processes


The aim of sustainable consumption and production is to combine, in the goods or services produced, greater respect for the environment, social progress and economic performance. The sustainable consumption and production policy also aims to inform and raise the awareness of consumers (households, shops, public purchasers).

FFEM integrates this dimension by targeting the main issues related to each of its strategic priorities, which include:

  • The development of the territories-industries link,
  • The promotion of the “3R” doctrine for waste (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle),
  • The promotion of sustainable mobility in relation to spatial planning,
  • The promotion of climate-energy territorial approaches, with a focus on energy efficiency in buildings (bioclimatic habitat) and renewable energy sources.

Furthermore, FFEM gives priority to projects whose objective is to promote eco-design, fair trade, environmental logos, eco-labels and environmental certification, sustainable public procurement, the circular economy and the transition towards sustainable lifestyles which promote changes in the behavior of producers and consumers, in particular through education and training for product designers.

Innovative processes are processes for strategic design or implementation that seek to move away from the usual centralized, authoritarian or silo patterns for reflection and decision-making.

It is essential to give more attention to these processes in order to take greater account of global environmental issues at all the required levels and scales.

This holds potential for innovations and added value for FFEM, which could also learn useful lessons for the management of global environmental issues in France or Europe.

These innovative processes concern, for example:

  • Methods and tools for strategic development and decision-making
  • The implementation of multidisciplinary approaches
  • Governance and institutional organization and, more generally, the co-management of issues
  • The mainstreaming of global environmental issues into policies and financing, both public and private
  • Communication strategies (narratives & story telling)
  • Participatory processes in society based on these issues
  • The sharing and exchange of knowledge and know-how

Two possible avenues could be explored via this crosscutting objective:

  • The promotion of innovative and/or participatory processes being taken into account in FFEM operations
  • The allocation of part of FFEM’s resources to projects targeting participatory processes