Global Context

Landscape in Oromia, Ethiopia

Climate-smart land use is critical for reducing poverty, increasing productivity, building resilience, and helping countries meet their global climate commitments.

Established in 2004, the BioCarbon Fund (BioCF) has been at the heart of linking carbon finance and sustainable land use over the last decade. It was the first carbon fund established in the world to focus on land use, piloting the first Afforestation/Reforestation (A/R), Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+), and Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) activities at the project scale. These first experiences have provided a wealth of knowledge on how to quantify emission reductions from different land use activities and have helped pave the way for other land-use carbon initiatives that have followed. BioCF pilots have also generated a wealth of knowledge on the land tenure issues, financing arrangements, and benefit-sharing schemes that are essential for the long-term success of these initiatives.

Today, there is a huge network of governments, businesses, civil society, and local communities working to advance the land use carbon agenda internationally. The  BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) aims to contribute to this momentum by creating a portfolio of programs that will promote sustainable agriculture, forestry and smarter land-use practices in an integrated approach. ISFL programs will cover a variety of geographies and will transform large rural areas by protecting natural forests, restoring degraded lands, and enhancing agricultural productivity, thereby improving livelihoods and local environments.

More information on the BioCF’s previous activities can be found here.


Photo credit: Andre Aquino, Ethiopia