PROGREEN Global Partnership for Sustainable and Resilient Landscapes
PROGREEN, the Global Partnership for Sustainable and Resilient Landscapes, is a World Bank Multi-Donor Trust Fund that supports countries’ efforts to improve livelihoods while tackling declining biodiversity, loss of forests, deteriorating land fertility and increasing risks such as uncontrolled forest fires, which are exacerbated by a changing climate. Through an integrated landscape approach, PROGREEN helps countries meet their national and global sustainable development goals and commitments, including poverty reduction, in a cost-effective manner.
PROGREEN focuses on three priority areas:
Pillar 1: Strengthening Forest and Landscape Management
Pillar 2: Promoting Sustainable Landscape Practices
Pillar 3: Supporting Cross-sectoral Landscape Solutions
Cross-cutting issues – engaging communities and vulnerable groups; climate change mitigation and resilience needs; and leveraging and mobilizing finance for development – are integrated into the program.
PROGREEN is unique in several respects. Its primary focus is to enable countries to deliver on their national development objectives and global commitments on forests, biodiversity, landscapes and climate change, in an integrated and cost-effective manner. PROGREEN intends to achieve this by improving the livelihoods of the rural poor through interventions that increase economic opportunities and food security, while also slowing deforestation, restoring degraded lands, conserving biodiversity and helping to mitigate climate change.
PROGREEN brings together sectors that are the main drivers of deforestation and forest and land degradation – such as agriculture, infrastructure, and extractives – to work together with the shared goal of creating sustainable landscapes. This is a significant shift from business as usual where such sectors usually work to maximize their short-term interests.
PROGREEN enables impact at scale by reorienting national policies (fiscal, governance, trade and financial sector policies and institutions) to create incentives for sustainable landscape management practices such as responsible commodity value chains, sustainable land management and nature-based solutions.
PROGREEN has been created in a way that is flexible and responsive to individual country conditions and evolving priorities.
Financing Instrument: Grants, Capacity building
Applicable geographical regions/country groups: Africa, East Asia and the Pacific, Europea and Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South Asia.
Recipient categories: Governments
Country Programs represent grants given to those countries where policy dialogue and commitment are already well advanced with operations, either on-going or planned. In these countries, a programmatic approach will be applied to cover a series of individual activities implemented over a three- to five-year period. PROGREEN grants for programs under this category will co-finance IBRD/IDA operations and key analytical activities and technical assistance aimed at filling gaps and identifying future issues and trends.
Knowledge Activities refer to grants given to those countries where engagement needs to be further developed and built through a combination of analytical products, technical assistance, policy dialogue and relationship building. This category of activities also includes countries where landscape engagement efforts have been initiated, but specific interventions are needed to scale up and achieve ambitious results. In these countries, the focus of PROGREEN work may be on analytics (e.g., sector reviews, policy assessments)
PROGREEN supports key activities within existing or planned World Bank forest and agriculture investments in countries committed to sustainable landscape management.
Last updated: 21 August 2023