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Working for Water South Africa

The Government of South Africa provided grant funding for the removal of invasive plant species that were negatively impacting the environment and water supply. A nationwide public works programme helped clear one million hectares of land, contributing to a more sustainable water cycle and increased protection of biodiversity. The measure also contributed to economic and social development.

Billion Tree Afforestation Project in Pakistan

The Pakistan province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa undertook an ambitious project to promote sustainable forestry management for climate change mitigation, protection of biodiversity, and green growth and jobs. More than 1 billion trees have been planted or protected. By setting up a public-private partnership with local farmers, the project successfully built large networks of nurseries, plantations and enclosures. The necessary human resources capacity building for such an ambitious project was ensured byproviding tailored training to over 7500 farmers and local forestry staff. 

Tax breaks for green investments in Cambodia

To incentivise private investment in sustainable projects, the Royal Government of Cambodia introduced a tax holiday on green investments. Projects that can prove to have zero negative environmental and social impacts are labelled ‘Qualified Investment Projects’ and are investors are exempted from all tax on profit.

International Climate Initiative - Strengthening transparency, accountability, anticorruption and public oversight in climate finance governance

Since 2008, the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) has been financing climate and biodiversity projects in developing, newly industrialised and transitioning countries. 

GreenEvo – Technology Accelerator for green tech “Made in Poland”

GreenEvo - Green Technologies Accelerator is a Polish programme for entrepreneurs, initiated and managed by the Ministry of the Environment. GreenEvo identifies the best Polish environmentally sound technologies and supports their international transfer. The initiative takes the form of a contest whereby participating companies submit innovative green solutions and winners are selected on an annual basis. The programme has successfully supported green-tech exports “Made in Poland”. 

Nordic Ecolabel – a Nordic Swan representing environmentally sound products and services

The Nordic Ecolabel, or Nordic Swan, is a voluntary labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption. It takes into account a product’s whole life-cycle and evaluates its environmental impacts. The Ecolabel is predominant in DenmarkFinlandIcelandNorway and Sweden; it pertains to 63 different product groups and services.