Since its creation, FFEM has dealt with pollution and waste management in a cross-cutting way. The scale of pollution-related impacts on the environment and on health, as well as the lack of funding to fight it, led us to make pollution a key aspect of our strategy in 2018.


Pollution affects human, animal, and ecosystem health. It is the leading cause of disease and death in the world, and nearly 92% of these deaths occur in developing countries. To address this problem, FFEM takes action during the entire product life cycle, from production to consumption.

Aerial view of waterfront village in Uganda

Supporting sustainable consumption and production approaches

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Supporting sustainable consumption and production approaches

To protect human health and preserve ecosystems, FFEM promotes training, awareness, and information for producers and consumers, with the goal of encouraging changes in behavior. With our actions, we want to help bring about a transition to a circular-economy model that includes the entire life cycle of products, from prevention to waste recycling. We also support the emergence of bio-economy sectors, by promoting a cooperative-type energy model and the production of biomass for energy.

Supporting management of chemical products and reducing pollutant emissions


Supporting management of chemical products and reducing pollutant emissions

FFEM supports projects that aim rational use of chemicals, one of the challenges being the transition to safer alternatives. We especially take into consideration persistent organic pollutants (POPs), heavy metals, and pesticides. We also support projects that reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants, mainly soot, methane, fluorinated gases, and ozone, which represent a major environmental and health threat due to their impact on climate and air pollution. All these projects include awareness raising activities aimed at changing practices, and the transfer of skills and technologies

Improving management approach of hazardous waste

2016-Cameroun-Secteur informel D3E Yaoundé

Improving management approach of hazardous waste

In countries of the South where access to adequate and efficient hazardous waste management services is limited, FFEM supports projects that seek to prevent the production of such waste, promote their recovery and improve treatment systems. In particular, we target areas that are significant sources of or impacted by poor waste management. For example, these projects encourage the strengthening of governance and the structuring of waste-management channels. Waste from electrical and electronic equipment and plastic waste receive special attention due to their increasing volume and impact on ecosystems.



projects funded since 1995
€22.3 M
committed to waste and pollution management over the past 25 years

 A cross-cutting approach

Human activities that generate pollution and waste are affecting ecosystems more than ever. To preserve the environment in the long term, the projects supported by FFEM encourage more sustainable practices, whether they involve reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution or improving waste management. With this in mind, we support cross-cutting projects that target biodiversity and human health as well as the climate. In this way, we contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


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Strategy document 2023-2026

Strategy document 2023-2026

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