To achieve Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) and specifically to halt the continuous desertification in the Sahel, large amounts of financial resources must be mobilized. The aim of the Great Green Wall (GGW) initiative, supported by the United Nation Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), is to strengthen the resilience of the region’s natural systems through sound ecosystem management, sustainable development of land resources, protection of rural heritage and improvement of living conditions for local populations. Public as well as private financing is needed to achieve the objectives of the GGW initiative.
Initiated by the UNCCD, and independently managed by Mirova, the LDN Fund brings public and private capital together to provide long-term financing to sustainable land-use projects that will reduce, avoid or reverse land degradation through sustainable agriculture, sustainable forestry and other land-use related sectors. Project preparedness can be a major bottleneck for SLM and restoration investment. The LDN Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), managed by IDH, was established to help alleviate this bottleneck, and link projects to the LDN Fund and LDN impacts. The LDN TAF can provide grants and reimbursable grants to (potential) LDN investment projects, to improve technical quality, and strengthen environmental and social impacts, so that the investment project meets the LDN Fund investment criteria. More information on the LDN TAF can be found here.
This Request for Proposals (RfP) is aimed at entrepreneurs, companies, green and social business, young or mature, in the GGW region that are looking to scale up and strengthen their business model / business idea. For a project to be eligible for this RfP the proposed/implemented business model needs to:
- contribute to the target of a land degradation neutral world;
- be commercially viable / income generating and have the potential to become investible;
- contribute to the objective of the Great Green Wall initiative;
- have the potential to scale (with private investment) and generate significant positive environment and social impact.
IDH and Mirova invite eligible companies and organizations read the RfP below and to submit your Concept Note before the 26th of July 2021. The Full Proposal deadline is the 6th of September 2021.
Download Request For Proposal
Annex 1. Statement of Integrity
Annex 2. Guidelines for planning and reporting
Annex 3. Concept note template
Annex 4. Technical proposal template
Annex 5. Financial proposal template
* Please note that this RfP is also available in French here.