Opportunity for large-scale nature-based solutions

Work with South Pole to benefit from our fund, established specifically to implement or up-scale nature-based climate action projects. We will provide technical know-how to measure, monitor and monetise the emission reductions achieved by your project. To be eligible projects must meet either of the following requirements:

Ecosystem protection projects – minimum 50,000 hectares of standing forest or larger than 7,500 hectares of carbon rich ecosystems, such as peat land or mangrove forest.

Restoration projects – must have potential to restore at least 500 hectares per year for 10 years

Why work with South Pole?

South Pole operates at the intersection of private sector investors and implementation partners, we are looking for projects that require upfront finance and expertise to generate certified emission reductions.

As a truly international carbon asset developer, with over 350 experts in 18 offices, we have the ability to close climate finance transactions around the world. Our diverse team efficiently structures, finances and helps implement NBS project development work.

Find out more about our project development expertise ->

What's in it for you?

In order to build and implement innovative solutions to address climate change, selected projects or partners will receive: support on financing options; high-level technical guidance; advisory covering the entire carbon development process.

Project delivery would be the full responsibility of the applicant, with South Pole guiding you from feasibility all the way through to issuing verified carbon credits and on-going monitoring.

We also provide the option of joining a community of practice, where South Pole and other relevant partners offer a mix of project specific support and general learning sessions, including basic training support to all successful applicants.

Detailed project requirements

REDD+ (Forest Protection & Conservation)

  • The focus is on large scale project areas >50,000 hectares of standing forest; (or more than 7,500 hectares in carbon rich environments such as peat or mangroves)
  • Forest management plan has been developed or partner organisation has the capacity to develop one with limited technical support
  • Have well established and positive relationships with communities in the immediate area of the project


General Requirements

  • Clear understanding of socioeconomic and biophysical drivers of deforestation
  • Demonstrable capacity to address these drivers
  • Demonstrable understanding of local and regional ecology
  • Land tenure and carbon rights are secured or demonstrable understanding of process to secure

Please note: we require maps of the project area (maps file types: .kml, .kmz, or .shp)

Desirable: The activities will create/protect habitat of endangered species

Forest Restoration

  • Potential to restore at least 500 ha/yr for 10 years
  • Demonstrable restoration experience which can be built upon and scaled - minimum 500 ha already under restoration management 
  • Forest restoration/management plan has been developed or partner organisation has the capacity to develop one with limited technical support
  • If the reforestation is in a commercial plantation - would need to either have FSC, or have at least 10% of non-commercial areas for conservation purposes.
    • Should not be a monoculture plantation. 
    • Should be planted with significant proportion of native tree species

How to apply

Complete our online eligibility questionnaire

Please be aware that meeting the basic requirements does not guarantee support or partnership with South Pole. You will be notified within approximately 3 weeks if you have passed the first round of screening. Proposals will be open until further notice. Is your project eligible?

For questions or comments, please contact sourcing.rfp@southpole.com

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