ONFI considers the forest as an integral part of each territory, of these territories´ players and challenges. ONFI teams operate at territorial scale, carrying out actions in many fields:
Natural hazards prevention and management
ONF has more than 150 years of experience in the prevention and management of natural hazards. Benefiting from this experience, ONFI provides governments and players in the private sector with tools in order for them to anticipate and manage risks in a better way. Working closely with ONF, various actions are carried out by our experts:
- watershed management,
- fight against erosion,
- torrent control structures,
- Prevention and fight against forest fires, risk mapping.
In 2010, ONFI and the Edmond de Rothschild Group initiated the Moringa Fund Fonds Moringa. The Moringa Fund is an investment company, which funds agroforestry projects out of its own resources. The Fund uses a model of territorial development where timber plantations and farmland or livestock breeding are associated while ensuring strong social and environmental benefits to each project.
ONFI is one of the Fund´s key partners and provides pre-investment technical support (technical risk assessment, pre-feasibility and feasibility studies, due diligence) for projects in Africa and Latin America. Our experts also contribute to ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) risk evaluation (screening and due diligence).
One of the main goals in territorial development is integration of social and economic challenges, and protection of the environment. In order to implement a holistic and energetic approach, adapted to various landscapes, ONFI´s cross-disciplinary team has elaborated Forland: a collaborative digital platform for territorial management.
Sharing of experiences among countries
ONFI receives foreign delegations on a regular basis for trainings, field trips and sharing of experiences. Between 2015 and 2017, delegations from Colombia, Peru, China, Turkey, Maghreb countries, Albania and India have been received. A number of different topics have been addressed:
Management of national parks, ecotourism, discussions on the French model of National Parks and PNR (regional natural parks), carbon project development within the framework of REDD+ and CDM
Natural hazards management (avalanches, flooding, coastal risks…)