We mitigate land degradation
and climate change by investing in community agroforestry projects
and sustainable supply chains
“The Café Selva Norte project of Urapi Sustainable
Land Use is the perfect example of a profitable project
allowing private investment to achieve the goals of the three UN conventions on desertification, climate change and biodiversity.”
- Gautier Quéru
DirectorLand Degradation Neutrality Fund ProjectMirova
“Urapi Sustainable Land Use will enable thousands of farming families in Latin America to thrive while improving the quality of their environment by supporting better land use techniques. Since the beginning of our operations, sustainable development has been at the heart of Fondaction's raison d'être. We are proud to be part of this initiative, which contributes to the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the fight against climate change."
- Léopold Beaulieu
Former Chief executive officer
Micro-credit for land use change
Micro-credit for transition from unsustainable land use to sustainable forestry or agroforestry activities
Technical Assistance (quality improvement and yield increase)
Processing and warehousing infrastructure
Agricultural inputs production and commercialization
Development of commodity sales with added-value
Quality control of commodities
Integration of climate finance to monetize project’s positive environmental impacts
When ECOTIERRA - URAPI’s fund manager and project operator - was created in 2011, it initially worked in collaboration with NGOs, governments, and private companies to develop projects related to agroforestry, carbon financing, and strengthening support to cooperatives.
We wanted to scale our impacts but found that existing models didn't allow us to implement a long-term holistic approach to maximize the impact for small producers and the environment.
In 2016 we decided to create the fund Urapi Sustainable Land Use, officially launched in 2017 at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 23) – the fund completed its first closing (30M$) in December of 2018.
We tackle climate change through two of the most challenging and underestimated problems of our time: deforestation and land degradation.
We invest directly in community-based sustainable agroforestry projects in Latin America delivering private equity market-type returns alongside significant positive social and environmental impacts.
We provide long-term financing (debt and equity) to projects that meet strict environmental and social standards and that contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Investors and clients have access to a proprietary integrated impact monitoring and reporting solution.
Our unique bottom-up investment strategy empowers communities of coffee and cocoa small farmers , intermediaries and the consumers, by increasing transparency, traceability and certified products.
Family revenues increase
Hectares reforested or conserved
Tons of CO2 (sequestration and emission reductions)
ECOTIERRA designs, develops, and operates sustainable agriculture and forestry projects. The company’s team offers decades of field experience with coffee and cocoa producer organizations in Latin America, North America, and Africa. It also has worked with a variety of partners including private companies, financial entities, international cooperation, local governments, and commodity buyers.
Given its ability to work with a wide breadth of stakeholders and its knowledge of each step required in developing successful agroforestry projects, ECOTIERRA is recognized as an industry leader for its ability to design coherent and performing business models using a unique bottom-up approach.