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Upscaling of private FLR investments in Latin America

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

The project goal is to help countries meet their FLR and NDCs targets by addressing the described barriers through pre- and post-investment activities. The project will work with investors, such as development banks, impact funds and financial intermediaries (e.g. banks, financial cooperatives), which are potential sources for the much needed private capital. The project will develop an open-access FLR impact framework (including methodologies, processes and tools) for cost effectively and transparently monitoring the environmental and social impacts, based on the requirements of investors. The tools will be tested and applied on developed FLR lending products, an investment project pipeline and pilot FLR investments in Peru, El Salvador and Paraguay (e.g. shade coffee, silvo-pastoral systems and sustainable forestry). Furthermore, a Green Climate Fund (GCF) proposal will be developed for the most successful pilot in coordination with the partner country.

State of implementation/results

  • The project supports countries in Latin America in achieving their FLR and NDC goals by addressing barriers to private investment through pre- and post-investment activities (project website:
  • Since 2019 UNIQUE is an active member and implementation partner of the 20x20 Initiative (
  • The project was presented to a broad public at the 20*20 Conference in Buenos Aires in June 2019.
  • Cooperation with potential FLR investors such as development banks, impact funds and intermediary institutions (banks, cooperatives)
  • Development of a FLR Impact Framework (methods + instruments), which enables cost-effective monitoring and transparent reporting of environmental and social impacts of FLR projects based on the requirements of investors.
  • The framework will be tested and applied to relevant credit products (e.g. for sustainable coffee production, or silvo-pastoral systems), a project pipeline and pilot investments in Peru, El Salvador and Paraguay.
  • A financing proposal for the Green Climate Fund (GCF) is being developed in coordination with one of the partner countries.

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Project data

El Salvador, Paraguay, Peru

Implementing organisation:
UNIQUE forestry and land use GmbH

Partner institution(s):
  • Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation (MINAGRI) - Peru, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) - El Salvador, Technical Planning Secretariat of the Government of Paraguay
  • Finance in Motion GmbH

BMU grant:
2.876.911,00 €

03/2019  till  02/2022


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