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The FIE has several modes of intervention. The most used mode to date is the use of calls for projects. The first call launched in 2013 under the pre-FIE allowed the selection of 68 projects to be financed in two administrative regions (Hauts-Bassins and Center-Ouest). The second call launched in 2014, still under the pre-FIE, resulted in the financing of 105 projects in three regions (Hauts-Bassins and Center-Ouest and Nord). The third call for projects launched in 2017 resulted in the financing of 197 projects in six administrative regions of the country.

For all these calls, the types of interventions generally sought are:

  • sustainable projects with a structuring capacity at the level of a village, a socio-professional group, a network of NGOs, a local authority;
  • projects with a commitment from the proponent that are based on previous successful experiences;
  • actions implemented on the ground following a truly participative process with a strong involvement of the populations concerned;
  • income-generating or job-creating activities related to biodiversity or climate change;
  • projects contributing to the creation of ecovillages.

Of these interventions, some projects are privileged. It is :

  • Projects for the most disadvantaged social groups (women, children and young people, disabled people). The best is that they are designed by these groups themselves - and with a strong social impact; as well as projects designed by local communities bordering the forest massifs;
  • Projets projects based on an integrated and comprehensive approach to environmental issues and with long-term prospects for sustainability;
  • Projects that offer multiple benefits, both economic, social and environmental.

To be more precise, it should be mentioned that types of projects or applications are not eligible. Those are :

  • emergency aid and food aid projects;
  • projects for the purchase or construction / rehabilitation of land, buildings or offices;
  • private projects with no involvement or community impact;
  • projects intended mainly for the purchase of materials and equipment if they do not have a main environmental objective;
  • ideological or partisan projects, political or religious;
  • grants to microfinance systems;
  • the financing of depreciations or deficits.