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Financing Organizations & Development Funds

Item GEF - The Biodiversity Planning Support Programme is a multi-donor initiative implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with core financing from the Global Environment Facility. The Governments of Norway and Switzerland also provide co-financing. The programme was established to respond to needs recognized by the Parties to the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity for strengthening national capacity to prepare and implement National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) in compliance with Article 6 of the Convention.  See GEF Grants Eligibility Criteria

Item IFC - The International Finance Corporation (IFC) promotes sustainable private sector investment in developing countries as a way to reduce poverty and improve people's lives. IFC is a member of the World Bank Group and is headquartered in Washington, DC. It shares the primary objective of all World Bank Group institutions.  Established in 1956, IFC is the largest multilateral source of loan and equity financing for private sector projects in the developing world. It promotes sustainable private sector development primarily by financing private sector projects located in the developing world;  Helping private companies in the developing world mobilize financing in international financial markets; Providing advice and technical assistance to businesses and governments.

Item - World Bank Launches Biodiversity Fund - The World Bank, Conservation International (CI) and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) joined forces on Tuesday to create a new $150 million fund aimed at better protecting threatened ecological “hot spots.”

Item EcoEnterprises Fund - The fund – a joint initiative of The Nature Conservancy and the Inter-American Development Bank – uses the tools and principles of venture capital to protect natural areas in Latin America and the Caribbean. It is a venture fund for nature, uniting business and conservation.  The fund uses market principles to protect some of the wildest and most biologically diverse areas of the planet. From helping to conserve rain forest habitat for jaguar to restoring and cultivating degraded lands, these companies are proving that business and the environment can advance common goals.

Item SOFI - Swiss Organization for Facilitating Investment - "Terra Capital Investors Limited" (Terra Capital), is the world’s first venture capital fund for investments in the field of biological diversity.  It was founded in 1998 and has its operational headquarters in São Paulo, Brazil. The company was created by the International Finance Corporation (IFC), which belongs to the World Bank Group, in co-operation with the Global Environment Facility (GEF). The fund is intended to promote the conservation of biological diversity through equity participation in small-and-medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America that are not quoted on the stock exchange. Although the fund’s legal domicile is in the British Virgin Islands, operations are conducted from Brazil. The fund’s two main priorities are strengthening of the equity of Latin America’s SMEs, and raising private capital for investment in the area of biological diversity. To date the fund has received capital from the Swiss Confederation and the Interamerican Development Bank’s Multilateral Investment Fund, shareholders’ equity and a bridging loan from Pierre Landolt, President of the Fondation de famille Sandoz, and a contribution from Calvert Lesly Investors and Jeremy Grantham.

Item  - Find Partners and Environmental Venture Capital Sources for Your Green Business.

Item The OPEC Fund for International Development -  The OPEC Fund for International Development (the Fund) is a multilateral development finance institution. It was established in January 1976, by the member countries of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).  The aims are : to promote cooperation between OPEC member countries and other developing countries as an expression of South-South solidarity; and to help particularly the poorer, low-income countries in pursuit of their social and economic advancement; By extending concessionary financial assistance in the form of loans for development projects and programs and for balance of payments support; By providing grants in support of technical assistance, food aid, research and similar activities, and humanitarian emergency relief; By contributing to the resources of other development institutions whose work benefits developing countries
By serving OPEC member countries as an agent in the international financial arena whenever collective action is deemed appropriate; By participating in the financing of private sector activities in developing countries. The Fund's resources consist of voluntary contributions made by OPEC member countries, and loan repayments, as well as the accumulated income derived from the Fund's investment and loans. At the close of the year 2002, contributions pledged to the Fund by its member countries totaled US$3,435 million with some $2,900 million paid-in. The Beneficiaries: All developing countries, with the exception of OPEC member countries, are in principle eligible for Fund assistance. The least developed countries, however, are accorded higher priority and have consequently attracted the greater share of the Fund's resources. So far, 110 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Europe have benefited from the Fund's financial assistance. By the end of December 2002, the level of cumulative development assistance extended by the Fund stood at US$6,580.1 million,and disbursements reached US$4,329.9.

Item Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) -  - Improving infrastructure in the developing world - The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) is an international development agency which promotes entrepreneurship in the private sector in specific regions of the developing world. A for-profit institution, the Fund helps to build economically viable enterprises through strong equity participation combined with management and technical expertise and support. AKFED companies promote sustainable economic development in South and Central Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with projects in industry, tourism, and financial services.  The industrial development sector includes companies in fields ranging from agro-industry to metal products, printing and packaging, telecommunications and power generation. AKFED promotes tourism by building and managing hotels and lodges that contribute to economic growth in an environmentally sensitive manner. Financial institutions in AKFED's portfolio include banks, insurance and property management companies and micro-credit programmes.  AKFED operates as a network of affiliates with more than 90 separate project companies employing over 15,000 people and controlling assets in excess of US$ 1 billion. The Fund is active in 15 countries in the developing world: Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, India, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Uganda. There are also affiliates in Canada, France, and the United Kingdom that provide resources and support to the Fund's activities in the developing worldAKFED emphasises equity investment, including participation in privatisation programmes and floatation of its companies' shares on national stock exchanges. This emphasis on equity investment demonstrates the highest level of investor commitment. The Fund helps group companies to mobilise resources, identify management and staff, and structure finance and reporting systems, thereby ensuring the most appropriate manpower development and the application of relevant technologies. In addition to its own capital committed, AKFED brings together foreign and local partners to bridge the gap between support from government or international development agencies and the needs of local private entrepreneurs. In its investments, AKFED takes account of the impact on the human environment as well as the effect on the physical surroundings. Privatisations in East and West Africa have offered AKFED opportunities to contribute the expertise and resources of its affiliates towards creating more efficient, productive and socially responsible enterprises. In keeping with its policy to encourage the development of local capital markets, AKFED has assisted in the floatation of its group companies from all three sectors of activity on national stock exchanges in Africa and in South Asia.

Item Prince Claus Fund - The Prince Claus Fund stimulates and supports activities in the field of culture and development by granting awards, funding and producing publications and by financing and promoting networks and innovative cultural activities. Support is given to people and in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Equality, respect and trust are the essential parameters of such partnerships; quality and originality are the preconditions of support. The Prince Claus Fund for Culture and development was established to mark the 70th birthday of H.R.H. Prince Claus of the Netherlands on September 6th, 1996, for the purpose of 'expanding insight into cultures and promoting interaction between culture and development'. The Fund adopts a broad and dynamic approach to culture, based on the concept of a constantly changing culture. Culture refers both to the way people go about their daily lives and to values and processes of investing life with meaning. The Fund's chief interest is in the development of ideas and ideals and the manner in which people give form to them. The Fund regards the interaction between culture and development as confirmation of culture's integral role in development processes. The Fund is aware of the post-colonial situation in which an 'imposed' culture has become part of indigenous culture. This has resulted in cultural activities which generate new ideas and forge new contexts. The Fund recognizes the desire to rediscover and reevaluate one's own history, while old values are sometimes reinterpreted in new circumstances with new meanings.

Triple Bottom Line Investing Conferences - The world's largest international learning event dealing with sustainable investment. During the two day event, the latest developments on screening, auditing, reporting, sri analysis, corporate citizenship, indexes and research will be covered. Anyone involved in the financial sector should attend. The TBLI 2003 conference will take place November 6 to 7, 2003 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Item Europa/Development - Environment - Budget Lines

Item AxialPar - Investindo em Sustentabilidade



Concepts of Natural Capitalism

Item Biodiversity Valuation - This page provides a list of hot topics on valuation and biodiversity.
Item Incentives for Biodiversity Conservation - The Library is dedicated to IUCN's mission: "to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable".
Item Natural Capitalism- Creating the next Revolution - By Paul Hawken (book at

Item Center for Conservation Biology - Stanford - The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB) was established in the Department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University in 1984. Its mission is to promote human well-being by developing a scientific basis for managing Earth’s life-support systems and helping arrest environmental deterioration. In so doing it fosters wide collaboration with other scientists, social scientists, journalists, and representatives of NGOs, Federal and State agencies, and the business community. It disseminates its findings widely.
In pursuit of this mission, the CCB conducts scientific and policy research to build a sound basis for the conservation, management, and restoration of Earth’s biotic resources, to evaluate factors that are leading to the “human predicament” (declining environmental security, increasing inequity) and to find practical solutions to that predicament. Its research integrates biological with economic, anthropological, legal, and other social science perspectives. See Book The New Economy of Nature - by
Gretchen C. Daily, Katherine Ellison)



Venture Capital

Item Tech Coast Angels - Angel Investors in Southern California

Item Nature's Equity, Inc. - Focused on the natural products industry, Nature's Equity, Inc. (NEI) provides clients with investment banking and business development services. Since 1990, the firm's president and founder, Charles (Chuck) Slotkin has combined his Wall Street know-how with his personal commitment to the values and lifestyle of the complementary health and natural products industry.  Helps companies raise capital, seek a strategic acquisition or partnership, merge or sale, or develop a blueprint for the future.



National and International Grant and Small Business Agencies

Item CORDIS FP6 - European Union - At the Lisbon summit in March 2000, EU governments called for a better use of European research efforts through the creation of an internal market for science and technology - a 'European Research Area' (ERA). FP6 is the financial instrument to help make ERA a reality.

Item Anvar - France - L'Anvar soutient les Pme, laboratoires et créateurs d'entreprises dans leur projet d'innovation, quel que soit leur secteur d'activité, depuis la faisabilité jusqu'à la préparation du lancement industriel, dans sa dimension nationale, européenne ou internationale.


Conservation Financing
Debt-for-Environment Swaps



Bioneers Home

CEP International Partners

Earthscan - The World's Leading Publisher on Environmentally Sustainable Development - Environmental Books - Earthscan Publicat

Financing Innovation I-TEC Portfolio Companies in France

Future Harvest - Science for Food, the Environment and the World's Poor

International Trade Centre (ITC)  


JRS Jesuit Refugee Service

MIHR Committee of Interested Partners

People and Plants Online - Discussion Papers - Ethics, Biodiversity, and New Natural Products Development 

The Trium Group - Strategy & Leadership Consulting

UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre on Life Sciences

Ventures West - Biotechnology - Current Portfolio

Welcome to Our Planet  

CIRAD - Recherche agronomique pour le développement

Ministère de la recherche appels à projets Centres de ressources biologiques 2002

        Communiqué de presse Roger-Gérard Schwartzenberg - La Génomique enjeux pour la recherche médicale

NITE Biological Resource Center

Innovation in Europe - Molecular Tools for Biodiversity

Industry Sites

BIO 2002 International Biotechnology Convention & Exhibition

Suppliers - Screening & Contract services

Guide to the Science of Biotechnology Company Products

i-Street 11-8-2002 I-Street's Top 50 emerging tech companies

i-Street 11-8-2002 Natural products harvested by local biotech

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