FOREST AND AGRICULTURAL LAND

Since its creation, FFEM has promoted a more sustainable relationship between humans and natural resources. Our goal: to protect the biodiversity of forests and landscapes, fight desertification, and restore the climate-regulating functions of forests and agricultural land by making them a core aspect of human development.

OUR ACTION TODAY

Forests are the largest reservoir of terrestrial biodiversity. Along with non-forest land, they are a tremendous lever for regulating the climate. Deforestation for agricultural purposes is the cause of nearly one-fourth of anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions and of accelerated biodiversity loss. Because of the close link between forests and agricultural land, FFEM treats them together.

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Preservation, Management, Territories
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Promoting local and concerted management of territories

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Promoting local and concerted management of territories

FFEM has adopted an integrated approach to rural territories that takes into account the interactions between local people and natural resources. We seek to preserve farmland, landscapes, and forests by promoting sustainable practices such as agroecology, agroforestry, and sustainable forest management. We promote approaches that rely on recreating landscape mosaics with high ecological value, thereby restoring the land’s regulatory functions in the face of climate change. We encourage the setting up of joint and concerted management methods to associate
conservation with the economic and social development of the local people.

 

 

Improving environmental performance

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Improving environmental performance

FFEM supports the structuring of sustainable agricultural and forestry sectors, including an assessment of their environmental and social performance. We work to develop positive environmental externalities through the implementation of norms, standards, and certifications. We support projects based on the fair and balanced distribution of added value for the benefit of small producers. It is essential to take into account the way in which these value chains are connected to the local communities where they are rooted: we support projects that anticipate the possible indirect effects of their activities on other value chains and on ecosystems, even if they are distant.

 

 

Fighting deforestation

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Fighting deforestation

FFEM finances projects at the interface of agriculture and forests that contribute to the fight against deforestation, forest degradation, and land-use change. We provide support for deforestation monitoring and control mechanisms that are efficient and transparent. We also help producers implement sustainable “zero deforestation” practices. For this reason, FFEM supports initiatives that contribute to France’s National Strategy against Imported Deforestation and to the Alliance for the Conservation of Rainforests. We especially focus on slash-and-burn practices (a source of deforestation) and on the production of woodfuel (a source of forest degradation).

97
projects on forests and agricultural land financed since 1995
€129 M
committed over the past 25 yearsy year

A cross-cutting approach

Forests and agricultural lands are essential to many human activities. To preserve these environments in the long term, conservation actions must be combined with the promotion of more
sustainable agricultural and forestry production methods. With this in mind, FFEM supports cross cutting projects that target forests, biodiversity, and the climate as well as degradation of land.
In this way, we contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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