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Inviting parties seeking finance for bankable nature solutions

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of today. Already its impacts are being felt by people and nature across the globe, with developing countries being most affected.

The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) enables private sector investment in projects aimed at climate adaptation and mitigation in developing countries.

The DFCD is managed by a pioneering consortium of Climate Fund Managers (CFM), World Wide Fund for Nature Netherlands (WWF-NL) and SNV Netherlands Development Organisation, led by the Dutch Entrepreneurial Development Bank, FMO.The DFCD forms an important additional instrument for the Dutch government’s efforts in contributing to the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has made €160 million available to in crease the resilience of communities and ecosystems most vulnerable to climate change.

Inviting parties seeking finance for bankable nature solutions!

WorldStartup Collective has been chosen by WWF to help source impactful bankable nature solutions for the €160M Dutch Fund for Climate Development (DFCD). We teamed up for this with VentureIQ and our community of global partners.

Together with WWF, we’re looking for bankable nature solutions that focus on a set of high impact investment themes, all of which are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the SDGs.


The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD) will focus on a set of high impact investment themes.

  • Water & Sanitation: Climate resilient water systems and freshwater ecosystems
  • Environmental protections: Protecting the environment, protecting people
  • Forestry: Forestry for the future
  • Agriculture: Boost food security with climate smart agriculture

We welcome projects that seek to improve the wellbeing, economic prospects and livelihoods of vulnerable groups – particularly women and children – and, enhance the health of critical ecosystems – from water basins to rivers, tropical rainforests, marshland and mangroves etc,..

Assessment Criteria WWF'S Origination Facility

If you have a project that you think would be interesting to DFCD and benefit from the grants and technical assistance offered by WWF’s Origination Facility, then we encourage you to apply.

Below a first set of criteria to consider before applying:

□ Impact in a relevant Country

□ Clear link to the DFCD investment themes

□ Rio Marker 2: Projects should meet the Rio Marker System on Climate Change (Mitigation or Adaptation)

□ Focus development impacts on vulnerable groups (employment or benefit for people below poverty line, women and/or children)

□ National ownership

□ The entity receiving funding should be a private organization

□ Potential as bankable project (commercial viability)

□ Priority for projects that are hard to fund in the regular market

□ Projects focusing on training, skill building or policy only, will not qualify

WWF does not permit project fund expenditures in the following activities:

  • Weapons and munitions
  • Military activities
  • Harmful or exploitative forms of forced/child labor
  • Formulated World Health Organization (WHO) classes IA and IB Products, or formulations of Class II products, unless exclusively used by those with training and proper equipment to avoid impacts on human health and the environment
  • Procurement or use of pesticides and chemicals specified as persistent organic pollutants under the Stockholm Convention
  • Conversion or degradation of critical natural habitats, especially those that are legally protected, proposed for protection, or identified as high-conservation value
  • Introduction of, or increased competitiveness of, invasive species

Contact via mail or immediately apply here. For more information visit the DFCD website

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"Our mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth."

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