Financial goal: 25% of resources mobilized by BIOFIN 
directed specifically for women  

What is it?

The  Inédito + Mujeres + Natura Program formulated by the Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the UNDP’s Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) is the umbrella financial strategy for gender equality and empowerment of women in management, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity ; It is unprecedented in Costa Rica, unique in the region, and is proposed as a multidimensional and multisectoral economic recovery response.

In turn, this program integrates the intersectional gender perspective in all financial solutions developed by BIOFIN Costa Rica. It has at its core nature-based solutions to face the climate crisis, the loss and degradation of biodiversity, addresses institutional gender gaps in FONAFIFO, CONAGEBIO and SINAC, develops an enabling framework of public policy, and represents a solid progress in the fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) that establish clear links to achieve the empowerment of women, the well-being of the communities and the country, in an effective and ambitious way.


Integrate BIOFIN’s financial solutions as a strategy to improve equality and economic autonomy by mobilizing financial resources for women’s work, directly contributing to safeguarding Costa Rican natural capital with customized financial mechanisms.

Strategic partners:
MINAE, Office of the Vice President of the Republic, Fundecooperación para el Desarrollo, FIDEIMAS, INAMU, CONAGEBIO, SINAC, FONAFIFO

Contribution to the SDGs:
1, 5, 8, 10, 13, 14,15,17

Financial mechanisms:

  • Mujeres Natura – Fundecooperación Credit
  • Rural Woman Credit FONAFIFO


1.  Mujeres Natura Credit: between 2020 and 2021, 22 credits have been assigned to rural women for 64 million colones (105 thousand dollars), ranging from 500 thousand colones to 5 million colones.


2.  Rural Woman Credit: In 2020, the most current statistic, it has been possible to assign 98 credits to rural women for almost 800 million colones (1,300,000 dollars), in the regions of the country.


3.  PSA Woman: For the year 2020, the most current statistic, 603 contracts were formalized by PSA, of which 98 are in the hands of women.


4.  Progress is being made with the Process for the certification of the INAMU Gender Equality Seal with the support of UNDP under the national standard INTE G: 38 in the National Commission for Biodiversity Management (CONAGEBIO), the National Forest Financing Fund (FONAFIFO ) and 03 Protected Areas of the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), namely: Cocos Marine Conservation Area (ACMIC), Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area (ACAHN), and Central Pacific Conservation Area (ACOPAC).

5.  Platform for the Gender Equality Award for Productive Units (GIGUP) developed. 

6.  The technical capacities of BIOFIN partners have been strengthened to integrate the intersectional gender perspective in their programs and services; among them Fundecooperación for Sustainable Development, FOMUJERES of INAMU, Ministry of Finance, FONAFIFO, CONAGEBIO and SINAC stand out. 


7.  Multiple events developed to recognize and strengthen the leading role and the role that women have in the conservation and integrated management of natural resources, from park rangers, indigenous women to rural women in the Brunca region of the country, which reached more than 300 women in the country.

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