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Reducing carbon emissions to net-zero and keeping global warming below 1.5°C is now as urgent as ever - but so is adjusting to the hazards of a warming world.

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.

About the LRF

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  • The Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) is an impact-driven, independent foundation that mobilizes private and public climate finance for landscape, where communities are most vulnerable to floods, droughts and other climate-related risks.
  • The LRF was co-developed by the South Pole and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). With the support of the Global Environment Facility and the commitment of CHANEL as an anchor funder, the fund is now rallying more institutions to invest in a resilient future.
  • While public finance is woefully insufficient to meet adaptation finance needs, the Landscape Resilience Fund uses a blended finance approach, the most effective way to galvanize leaders to take on this huge global climate change adaptation task.
  • Blended finance means that both private and public sectors benefit from investing in adaptation. Blended finance can nudge the private sector to invest in adaptation and allows for better risk management. More importantly, it helps to close the adaptation finance gap.
Photo: Nhien Thao Company with ethnic minority communities in the Northern Mountains Region, Huong Hoa district, Quang Tri province.

The Project's Goal

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.

Natural products by Nhien Thao Company
© Nhien Thao / WWF-Viet Nam

Who can apply for support from the LRF?

Small and medium enterprises, cooperatives in the fields of investment in agriculture, forestry, or agro-forestry combined.
Projects should have strong business models and experienced management team, with clear potential for climate change resilience and positive environment and social impacts.


Mr Ton That Minh Khanh
LRF Manager - Central Annamites 
Tel: +84-913439204
WWF-Viet Nam - Hue Field office 
150 Truong Gia Mo str, Vy Da Ward, Hue City