Operational since its first closing at the end of 2018, the LDN Fund has finalised its first transaction, investing in a program to restore degraded land in Latin America through agroforestry practices. The Fund’s Strategic Board also held its first meeting.
The LDN Fund has selected Urapi Sustainable Land Use (Urapi), a programme focused on restoring degraded land and promoting sustainable land management in Latin America, for its first investment. Conceived by the project developer ECOTIERRA, Urapi aims to develop and implement agroforestry projects as well as to strengthen value chains through partnerships with cooperatives of small-scale producers. URAPI seeks to reverse land degradation and combat climate change by implementing sustainable agricultural practices and strengthening the economic models of cooperatives, while also promoting social inclusion. The first project developed, financed and implemented by Urapi involves four coffee cooperatives in Peru and aims to reforest nearly 9,000 hectares of degraded land into productive agroforestry systems, sequester and reduce CO2 emissions by 1.3 metric tons, and improve the livelihoods of 2,400 producers.
As the LDN Fund enters its operational phase, the Fund’s Strategic Board met for the first time on the 15th of January. The Board is chaired by Monique Barbut, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, which promoted and spearheaded the design of the fund. Members of the committee include Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity. The purpose of the Board is to make recommendations on the Fund’s strategic direction and ensure its alignment with policies to fight land degradation and climate change.
The LDN Fund provides long-term financing as well as technical assistance to sustainable land management project developers in the agricultural and forestry sectors. The Dutch entity IDH has been chosen to manage the Fund’s Technical Assistance Facility.
The Technical Assistance Facility became fully operational on January 15 when Agence Française de Développement signed off on a first €3 million contribution. This Technical Assistance Facility will help to maximize the positive impacts of projects funded by the LDN Fund, to balance the project portfolio, and to implement a framework to measure the contribution of projects to reducing land degradation.
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The LDN Fund plans to make further investments in sustainable land management projects over the coming months, with a focus on Africa and Asia.
The Fund’s investors include public investors such as the European Investment Bank, l’Agence Française de Développement, and the Government of Luxembourg, as well as private investors such as Fondaction, the Fund’s first North American investor, Fondation de France, BNP Paribas Cardif, Garance, and Natixis Investment Managers. The team continues to raise funds to meet their goal of $300 million.
The LDN Fund aims to support the sustainable management of land, to reduce CO2 emissions by 35 million tons, and to create jobs or improve livelihoods for over 100,000 people through its investments.
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