The Conservation International Foundation (CI) is a non-profit organization that operates internationally in over 30 countries across six continents with a wide range of partners in order to empower societies to responsibly and sustainably care for nature for the well-being of humanity. It has built strong relationships with communities, governments, academia, foundations, civil-society organizations and the private sector in order to deliver innovative nature-based solutions for climate change mitigation and adaptation. In developing countries, it partners with the host country government institutions, research or academic institutions, as well as indigenous peoples’ organizations. With global private corporations, CI has developed a track-record of improving the sustainability of business operations. CI sought to scale up its impact on combating climate change by delivering more climate action on the ground, providing accessible and science-based tools for decision makers, and mobilizing a network of major corporations as well as ensuring the involvement of all stakeholders.

Project Value Threshold
Medium (USD 50m >total project costs and < 250 m)
Environmental and Social Risk Category
Category B (Project has mild adverse risks that would likely be reversible)

Key activities include reducing deforestation, improving agricultural practices, protecting natural ecosystems to serve as carbon sinks, and developing standards for effective mitigation and adaptation activities. It has leveraged over US$ 100 million for ‘debt-for-nature’ swaps and has raised over US$ 30 million for a carbon fund. 

Project Pipeline & Opportunities
Name Entities Countries Status Url
Pacific Tuna: Climate change adaptation to maintain the vital contributions of tuna to economic development and food security in the Pacific Islands Conservation International Foundation (CI) Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu Planned
Palau National Marine Sanctuary and The South West Islands Conservation International Foundation (CI) Palau Planned
Engagement Process

1. Proposal Inception

Project proponent and CI discuss project priorities and summarize in 3-page document

NDA supports to develop Concept Note and agrees on roles and involvement in Project Preparation Process


Consultations with government, partners, and stakeholder

Develop project Concept Note in GCF template

NDA provides letter of support

CI submits Concept Note to GCF

2. Proposal Development

Proposal development through an iterative approach of consultations

NDA provides No-objection letter to CI

Submission of final GCF Full Funding Proposal

3. Proposal Delivery

CI provide support and services for effective executive

CI / project proponent execute the project

Ongoing monitoring & evaluation, including reporting to GCF