The French Facility for Global Environment (FFEM) supports pilot and innovative projects to benefit the environment in developing countries.

These projects contribute to preserving biodiversity, climate, international waters, land, and the ozone layer while combating pollution. They address the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and generate local environmental, social, and economic benefits.

The unique aspect of the FFEM: Betting on pilot projects to support innovation and disseminate lessons on a larger scale.

It supports projects carried out by public, private, or civil society actors, from both the South and the North, in co-financing with other financiers and international organizations.

Created in 1994 by the French government following the first Earth Summit, since its inception, the FFEM has supported more than 400 projects with a total of €500 million in over 120 countries, 70% of which are located in Africa and the Mediterranean.

Its five areas of intervention are divided into five priority themes: Biodiversity conservation and enhancement – Adaptation and low-carbon transition in cities and territories – Sustainable management of forest and agricultural land – Resilience of aquatic ecosystems – Circular economy and fight against pollution.

Its steering committee is comprised of five ministries (economy and finance, foreign affairs, environment, research, agriculture) and the French Development Agency (AFD). It’s advised by its Scientific and Technical Committee, composed of 12 qualified individuals.


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