05/2014 - 04/2016
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz, Bau und Reaktorsicherheit

Public funding for REDD+ alone will not be sufficient to effectively address drivers of deforestation. A promising option is to channel private sector investments in activities that reduce pressure on remaining forests. The aim of this project is to develop sustainable business models in the land use sector in line with the logic of REDD+. The project falls under the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Buildings and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) International Climate Initiative (ICI). Leading the consortium with Climate Focus, UNIQUE conducted this long-term project in three phases: (i) country scoping and pre-feasibility studies, (ii) business model development and feasibility studies and (iii) technical and institutional support for implementation of the most promising business model.

Our contribution

  • Comprehensive analysis of drivers, agents and underlying causes of deforestation.
  • Spatial analysis of Oromia to stratify the region into priority landscapes for intervention.
  • Detailed analysis of drivers and strategy options, including cost assessment, in priority areas.
  • Capacity building for national counterparts to ensure program viability and sustainability.
  • Beyond forest sector, assessment of key commodities causing deforestation using value chain approach



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Will the Black Forest become Tuscany? Closing event of the project? Abschlussveranstaltung des Projekts „Strategies for Adaptation to Climate Change for the Southern Black Forest"

› Press note (german) [PDF 974 KB]

UNIQUE contributed to the World Bank Resilience M&E (ReM&E) Good Practice publication a case study from the Kenya Climate-Smart Agriculture Project and supported the related operational guidance.

› Good Practice Case Studies
[PDF 2,7 MB]

› Operational Guidance for Monitoring and Evaluation [PDF 2,6 MB]

Publication 'Commercialization of Rice and Vegetables Value Chains in Lao PDR: Status and Prospects' online
› Publications

Climate Smart Agriculture Investment Accelerator
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Publication 'Manual de manejo de bosque nativo en Uruguay' online
› Publications

Forest management

Since 2002 UNIQUE manages natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay according to the internationally recognized criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®).

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Company Mission Statement

Who we are
We are an internationally leading German consulting company for forest management and sustainable land use. Our clients are private companies and non-governmental organizations, as well as public institutions such as ministries, forest administrations, development banks and organizations implementing development cooperation. We provide comprehensive support in addressing technical, political and economic challenges in the land use sector - from project planning through implementation to evaluation. Together with our subsidiary companies, we sustainably manage natural forests and forest plantations in Paraguay on behalf of institutional investors.

Our ambition: sustainability, quality and customer orientation
Our consulting services and the management of our forests are bound to economic, environmental and social sustainability. Our work supports the implementation of innovative concepts for efficient and sustainable land use worldwide. In these activities, we orient ourselves according to internationally accepted standards and respective certification schemes. This also applies to our commitment to the excellent professional quality of our services as well as customer satisfaction, which we regard as the basis for long-term relationships and trustworthy cooperation. We are a learning organization and continuously improve the quality of our services - through transparency, quality management and communication with our clients.

Our values and how we implement them
Our employees are the core of the company and their motivation and knowledge are the most important assets of UNIQUE. Their identification with the company, its goals and principles, is very important to us. We practice a participatory leadership style with opportunities for codetermination, a culture of dynamic feedback and the principle of high individual responsibility. We learn together with our partners, and promote the professional and social skills and the personal development of our employees. Our corporate responsibility and commitment to sustainability is ensured through ISO quality management certification and by adhering to FSC principles and criteria.

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