The WWF is run at a local level by the following offices...
- WWF Global
- Central African Republic
- Central America
- Democratic Republic of the Congo
- European Policy Office
The new Landscape Resilience Fund helps communities most vulnerable to climate risks by financing climate-resilient SMEs that support smallholders, combined with funding for sustainable landscape activities.
The Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) aims to support the most vulnerable people in the land-use space to effectively adapt to climate change by investing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other projects that target adaptation and resilience through sustainable agriculture, forestry, and other nature-based solutions, while additionally delivering biodiversity and climate change mitigation benefits.
The LRF seeks to use an innovative, blended finance approach to ensure climate-smart solutions for vulnerable communities, from struggling farmers to forest-dependent producers and Non-Timber Forest Product (NTFP) collectors. Through investing in small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and other projects that have the greatest potential to protect people and nature in landscapes facing disastrous climate change impacts, the LRF expects to create positive impacts for livelihoods, gender, biodiversity, conservation, and climate change.
The Central Annamites in Viet Nam is the first landscape supported by LRF. Even considered as one of the 200 priority ecoregions globally, the Central Annamites is being negatively affected by impacts from climate change and humans. Since 2020, the WWF-implemented Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) has supported sustainable enterprise developments in this region, and the LRF will build on this work.
Over 6 years starting from July 2021, the LRF will deliver essential financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and cooperatives with small loans (typically $0,5m to $1m) and technical assistance grants tailored to the needs of the business supporting a transition to a sustainable climate-resilient economy.
Connecting with SMEs and stakeholders to identify investment opportunities and bankable projects that bring economic benefits while contributing to solving climate change issues and sustainable development.