Project examples

Project examples

Project examples supported by the Natural Capital Financing Facility (NCFF) include:

  • Green infrastructure (e.g. green roofs, green walls, ecosystem-based rainwater collection/water reuse systems, flood protection and erosion control)
  • Payment for ecosystem services (e.g. programmes to protect and enhance forestry, biodiversity, to reduce water or soil pollution)
  • Biodiversity offsets / compensation beyond legal requirements (e.g. compensation pools for on-site and off-site compensation projects)
  • Pro-biodiversity and adaptation businesses (e.g. sustainable forestry, agriculture, aquaculture, eco-tourism)
  • Nature-based solutions for adaptation to climate change

Projects under appraisal

Projects financed

Rewilding Europe Capital

The first project supported by the NCFF, signed in April 2017, was a EUR 6 million loan to Rewilding Europe Capital. It will provide support for over 30 nature-focused businesses across Europe. The comeback of iconic and threatened European wildlife species such as the European bison, brown bear, black vultures as well as pelicans and white-tailed eagles of the Danube and Oder Delta, to name a few, could also benefit from the investments.

White pelicans, Pelecanus onocrotalus, Danube delta rewilding area, Romania
Copyright: Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

Blog story
Press Release

“Nature is essential for our lives, and our economy. The rewilding Europe project will be the first of many that the Natural Capital Financing Facility will assist in our plans to create rural jobs and protect nature”
Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries