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GEF Africa Sustainable Forestry Fund

The GEF Africa Sustainable Forestry Fund invests in timber and forestry-related assets in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund can invest in existing plantations, greenfield plantations, natural forest concessions, and forest products processing and manufacturing facilities.

GEF Africa Sustainable Forestry Fund

The GEF Africa Sustainable Forestry Fund invests in timber and forestry-related assets in Sub-Saharan Africa. The fund can invest in existing plantations, greenfield plantations, natural forest concessions, and forest products processing and manufacturing facilities.

About the fund

Assets will be managed according to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) principles and IFC Performance Standards. Plantations and concessions will be harvested and planted in a manner that ensures a sustainable balance is maintained between what is removed and regrown. 

The Fund will showcase that sustainably managed Forestry Assets are an attractive and profitable opportunity in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is of key importance to establish the asset-class in the region, and may have important long-term ramifications in assisting to halt the cycle of deforestation and land degradation in the region. The Fund’s success may also have important impact in terms of rural economic development and job creation.

The fund’s sponsor, GEF Management Corporation, has a track record of 20 years in private equity investments in emerging and developed markets. This includes forestry investments in Africa.

Investments by the fund

             
Date Name Country Industry Status
2010 Company 1 South Africa Forestry Active
2016 Company 2 Gabon Forestry Active
2015 Company 3 Uganda Forestry Active
2011 Company 4 Tanzania Forestry Active
2018 Company 5 South Africa Forestry Active
2012 Company 6 Swaziland Building materials Active
2012 Company 7 Swaziland Forestry Active
Reference code
2011-04
Status
Active
Date of commmitment
September 2011
Date of exit
-
SIFEM commitment
USD
10,000,000
Asset class
Private Equity
Investment strategy
Investment through Fund
Fund manager
GEF Management Corporation