Projects promoted

Climate Smart Agriculture Market Studies


Ethiopia, Rwanda and Ghana
04/2020 - 01/2021
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Climate smart agriculture (CSA) represents a great opportunity to profitably improve the sustainability of agriculture. However, financing from local banks for agricultural producers generally, and CSA specifically, remains limited. In this context, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) commissioned UNIQUE to conduct climate smart agriculture market studies in Ghana, Rwanda and Ethiopia. The purpose of the market studies was to identify profitable business models and recommend credit products that the IFC can use to support investment in these models. UNIQUE assessed different client segments, developed cashflow projection models for CSA models, and created loan products to suit investment.

Our contribution

  • Evaluation of agricultural value chains and financial institutions’ customer segments
  • Development of climate smart agriculture business models
  • Assessment of lending environment for climate smart agriculture
  • Recommendation of credit products

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Management Support for Livelihoods Funds


since 02/2010
Livelihoods Venture

The Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming (L3F) and the Livelihoods Carbon Funds (LCF 1 and LCF 2) are innovative industry impact investment models to empower rural communities with efficient mangrove restoration and agricultural models to build resilient communities, ecosystems and sustainable farm enterprises and value chains. With an investment of €320 million in large scale community driven projects, the funds have significant social and environmental value for all stakeholders. Initiated by Danone in the meantime 12 major companies have invested: Danone, Schneider Electric, Crédit Agricole S.A., Michelin, Hermès, SAP, Groupe Caisse des Dépôts, La Poste, Firmenich, Voyageurs du Monde, Mars Inc. and Veolia.

UNIQUE is a technical service provider for the funds from the start. We support a number of investments during the concept phase, provide technical implementation support and enable project partners to establish and operate farm level impact monitoring systems based on farmer self-reporting, robust scientific models and global databases.

Our contribution

  • Support project feasibility assessment, design and due diligence
  • Advise on mangrove, agroforestry (fruits, cocoa, vanilla) and agriculture (dairy) management
  • Develop innovative carbon – water and production efficiency monitoring approaches
  • Enable projects to implement robust impact monitoring
  • Project carbon offset validation and verification support to comply with voluntary carbon standards
  • Performance monitoring and operating Management Information System

Nature Conservation Programme Baden-Württemberg


011/2018 - 12/2019
Ministerium für Ländlichen Raum und Verbraucherschutz (MLR) Baden-Württemberg

As part of the Baden-Württemberg special program for strengthening biodiversity, species diversity in the forest has to be sustainably protected over the entire area. Conservation concepts and maintenance measures of special habitats are currently being implemented in the state forest in Baden-Württemberg, but not in municipal and private forests. The MLR commissioned UNIQUE to design nature conservation concepts and specific plans for implementation in the municipal and private forest. Aside from the determination of protection-worthy areas and species as well as corresponding protective activities, UNIQUE led the data analysis and assured an active participatory process between all actors involved.

Our contribution

  • Assessment of feasibility of different protection measures.
  • Prioritization of protection measures.
  • Modelling of monetary compensation measures.
  • Integration of nature conservation planning into forest management plans.
  • Determination of piloting plots.

REDD Early Movers Colombia - Results-Based REDD+ Payments


12/2016 - 12/2021

With about 40 million hectares of forest, the Colombian Amazon is characterized by relatively low levels of economic development and a high rate of deforestation. The Government of Colombia proposed zero net deforestation in the Amazon by 2020 to contribute to the well-being of local communities in its Amazon Vision. Germany, Norway and the UK contribute more than USD 100 million in a REDD for Early Movers (REM) scheme to support the reduction of emissions from deforestation in the Colombian Amazonian Biome. Rewarding the results of reducing emissions from deforestation, REM will encourage the Colombian Government to achieve its Amazon Vision goals. The consortium of UNIQUE and GOPA was contracted to offer international consultancy services to the management of the REM / Visión Amazonía program.

Our contribution

  • Support to the management of the coordination of the REM / Visión Amazonía program.
  • Support for the implementation of the 5 pillars of the program.
  • Technical advice on forest governance and environmental governance in indigenous territories.
  • Technical advice on sector planning and production systems.
  • Advice on the System of Monitoring of Forests and Carbon.
  • Advisory on Risk Management within the framework of the Peace Agreement.
  • Support for the development of the result-based payment mechanism for REDD + (proof of concept).

Upscaling Private FLR Investments in Latin America


Paraguay, Peru and El Salvador
03/2019 - 02/2022
Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit (BMU)

In the context of the Bonn Challenge, Latin American countries have committed to ambitious forest landscape restoration targets, which play a key role in achieving their Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement. For their successful implementation, significant private sector investments are needed. Key barriers hindering such investments include a lack of bankable projects, the complexity of data requirements for impact and risk monitoring, and a lack of suitable financial products for sustainable land use investments. In the framework of the German funded International Climate Initiative, UNIQUE implemented preparatory investment measures, and created feasible projects for potential investors in collaboration with a range of sustainable impact investors, and agricultural extension service providers on the ground.

Our contribution

  • Development of IT solutions to monitor the impacts and risks of sustainable land use investments.
  • Sourcing of investment-ready forest landscape restoration projects.
  • Capacity building and knowledge sharing with interested parties in forest landscape investments.
  • Development of GCF concept note to secure future funding of sustainable land use investments.
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