New approaches for climate and biodiversity action

Country: Benin
Organisation: Fonds National pour l’Environnement et le Climat (FNEC)
Objective: Promote and finance small-scale climate (mitigation, adaptation) and/or biodiversity projects
BMU funding: 670,000 €
Project start: 01/12/2021
Project end: 30/11/2023

The National Fund for Environment and Climate (Fonds National pour l’Environnement et le Climat, FNEC) sets up an initiative to finance small-scale projects led by national civil society organisations. The initiative addresses innovative project ideas targeting three thematic areas: adaptation to climate change, mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and biodiversity conser-vation. FNEC identifies suitable projects through a call for proposals. National non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the climate and biodiversity sector have the chance to submit their project proposals and get selected to receive funding. Apart from fund-ing of the call for proposal, GIZ provides technical assistance to strengthen FNEC’s capabilities in implementing project calls to smaller organisations in the field of climate and biodiversity action.


Decentralized approaches play a major role in the implementation of Benin’s environmental and climate policies. FNEC is a financing mechanism that can make a relevant contribution to the implementation of such decentralized approaches by supporting respective projects of different implementing organizations. However, for this to happen, the fund needs to strengthen its capacities, increase its visibility and expand its portfolio in the thematic spectrum of climate change mitigation, adaptation and biodiversity.


National non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the climate change and biodiversity sectors are eligible to participate in the call. They must meet certain requirements regarding their institutional capacities and experience in the field of climate and biodiversity conservation.


The general objective of FNEC´s initiative, supported by IKI Small Grants, promotes  and finances small-scale climate and biodiversity projects in Benin, implemented by national civil society organisations. The projects implement measures in the agricultural sector, the water resources sector, the energy sector as well as the biodiversity and forestry sector.

To identify and select projects, a team of FNEC managers will organize a call for proposals, provide training to potential project promoters on how to draw up projects, evaluate and finally select the best project proposals. Among the selection criteria are: Environmental and social compliance, gender sensitivity and the potential to scale up of innovations. FNEC  monitors the project implementation and evaluates the results and impacts reached at the end of the project. Finally, the project achievements are disseminated to relevant target groups.


FNEC is a financial instrument under the supervision of the Ministry of Living Environment and Sustainable Development in Benin. The organisation was founded in 2003 and responds to a need to support and finance initiatives related to environmental protection and climate change. The financing mechanism for programs and projects aims at the protection and rational management of the environment, the fight against the harmful effects of climate change and the promotion of a sustainable development in Benin.