The Dutch Fund for Climate and Development focuses on a set of high impact investment themes within the four Rio Markers, all of which are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    Climate resilient water systems and freshwater ecosystems

    Drinking water & sanitation supplies, restoration & sustainable management of wetlands, headwaters & floodplains

    for the future

    Promoting afforestation and reforestation

    Boost food security with
    climate smart agriculture

    Funding more sustainable, efficient and productive approaches from smallholder farmers to agri-business

    Protecting the environment,
    protecting people

    Restoration of ecosystems, such as wetlands and mangroves, which are nature’s best defences against extreme floods, droughts and storm surges.

    Rio Markers

    During the 1992 Conference on Environment and Development, also known as the Earth Summit, three legally binding agreements (Rio Conventions) were signed by a multitude of developed and developing countries.

    These agreements are:
    • Convention on Biological Diversity
    • UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
    • UN Convention to Combat Desertification

    In 1998, the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) set up the Rio Markers system, which consists of four policy markers to monitor and statistically report on the development finance flows targeting the themes of the Rio Conventions.

    The markers are:
    • Biodiversity
    • Desertification
    • Climate change mitigation
    • Climate change adaptation

    Download the PDF to learn more about the OECD DAC Rio Markers.

    Sustainable Development Goals:

    According to the United Nations, “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.”