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Implementation of the Forest Investment Attractiveness Index (IAIF)
The objective of the operation is to improve the business climate for sustainable forest investments and, hence, an increased contribution of the forestry sector to the socio economic development of the region's countries. The specific objectives are: (i) to license and transfer the IAIF and PROMECIF methodologies to the consulting firms; (ii) to collect primary and recent secondary data; (iii) to compute the 2004 IAIF for LAC countries; and (iv) to design, and assist in the pilot implementation of PROMECIF to improve the forest sector business investment climate (hence, the index performance) for Guatemala and Paraguay

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July 13, 2005

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Technical Cooperation





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Total Cost

USD 150,000.00

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USD 0.00

Original Amount Approved

USD 150,000.00

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Published 2023
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Published 2021
Options to Achieve Carbon Neutrality in Chile: An Assessment Under Uncertainty
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Published 2021
NDC Invest Bulletin: Vol. 4, January 2021
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Nature-based Solutions in Latin America and the Caribbean: Financing Mechanisms for Regional Replication
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Published 2024
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Published 2022
Payment for Ecosystem Services in Costa Rica: Evaluation of a Country-wide Program
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