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Sectors: Economy - Finances, Environment, Industry, Information, Innovation, Public Management, SME Policy

Beneficiaries: Banks, Development NGOs, International Organisation, Investment Funds, Local and Regional authorities, SMEs

Regions: European Union

Category: Call for Proposals

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Funds  for: Promoting the management of natural capital 
Main beneficiaries: Local authorities

Responsible: European Commission

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Funds  for: Promoting the  management  of natural capital 
Main beneficiaries: Local authorities

Priorities and funded actions:

Objectives
* To promote the conservation, restoration, management and enhancement of natural capital for biodiversity and adaptation benefits, including ecosystem-based solutions to challenges related to land, soil, forestry, agriculture, water and waste inside the EU
* To provide financial solutions to bankable projects which are revenue-generating or cost-saving, and promote the conservation, restoration, management and enhancement of natural capital for biodiversity and climate adaptation benefits

Priorities
* To develop a pipeline of projects, testing different financing options in order to identify the most suitable approach
* To provide a proof of concept demonstrating to the market, financiers and investors, the attractiveness of such operations

Among financed actions
* Green infrastructures (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)

Additional information

* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the project: Up to 10 years

* Eligibility of the Recipients for the NCFF
– Be legal entities registered in the EU
– Be public bodies – referring to national public authorities, regional or local structures, private commercial organisations and private non- commercial organisations
– Be pioneer new business models for natural capital management, amongst the typologies defined above, i.e. PES, GI, biodiversity offsets or pro-biodiversity/adaptation businesses or corporates

* Eligibility for the NCFF Support Facility
The following elements will be taken into account: 
– The overall feasibility of the operation considered for financing under the NCFF
– Developing the capacity of the final recipient to develop projects that are technically, commercially and financially sustainable
– Guaranteeing the correct reporting and monitoring of the impacts

* Questions may be sent to: NCF_Instrument@eib.org