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Yasuni Revenue Fund Window



The Yasuni Ishpingo Tambococha Tiputini Trust Fund (Yasuni ITT Trust Fund) is established for receipt of contributions from supporters of Ecuador’s historical decision to permanently forego the extraction of the Yasuni ITT oil fields (about 846 million barrels). The contributions will finance renewable energy and sustainable development investments such as avoidance of deforestation and conservation of ecosystems.

In the spirit of co-responsibility, Ecuador is requesting the world community to contribute 50 percent of the income it is forgoing, amounting to US$ 3.6 billion (over a 13 year period), with the balance being the contribution of the people of Ecuador to global goods. 


Purpose, Principles and Structure of the Yasuni Capital Window

The Capital Fund Window of the Yasuni ITT Fund will finance the following strategic renewable energy projects, aimed at changing Ecuador’s energy matrix from fossil fuel dependence to renewable energy sources and increasing national energy efficiency and energy savings:

  • Hydro energy projects
  • Geothermal energy projects
  • Solar energy projects
  • Wind energy projects
  • Biomass energy projects
  • Tidal energy projects

The Recipient Organizations will provide mandatory annual revenue payments for the use of the Capital Fund Window funds. The terms of repayments will be approved by the Steering Committee.   


Yasuni Guarantee Certificates (CGYs)

In exchange for contributions, the Government will provide a guarantee to maintain the ITT field oil reserves within the National Park underground indefinitely. The Government will issue Yasuni Guarantee Certificates (CGYs) in US dollars equivalent to the face value of each contribution. The CGYs will also include the metric tons of CO2 avoided according to the price of the European Union Allowances (EUAs) in the Leipzig Carbon Market. Where the contribution is below the $50,000 minimum threshold established by the Steering Committee, it shall constitute a donation to the Yasuni ITT Trust Fund and will not entitle the Contributor to CGYs. The CGY is an instrument that does not earn interest and does not have an expiration or maturity date as long as the Government maintains its commitment not to exploit the Yasuni ITT oil reserves. 



The Yasuni Fund Steering Committee

The Yasuní ITT Trust Fund will be governed by a Steering Committee chaired by a representative of the Government. The Steering Committee will have six full members: (i) three representatives of the Government, including the Chairperson with casting vote; (ii) two representatives from the Contributor Governments; and (iii) one Ecuadorian civil society representative, with UNDP Resident Representative/UN Resident Coordinator and the UNDP MPTF Office Executive Coordinator participating as ex officio members. The Steering Committee shall make decisions by majority, aiming to consensus with the Chairperson casting the deciding vote in case consensus is not reached.

The Yasuni Fund Technical Secretariat

The Technical Secretariat is an impartial entity providing administrative, technical and substantive support to the Steering Committee. It shall undertake four functions under one management structure: (i) Technical support; (ii) Project appraisal; (iii) Monitoring and evaluation; and (iv) Administrative support. 

The Government Coordinating Entity

As the Government designated Government Coordinating Entity, the Ministry of Heritage through the Yasuni ITT Coordination Office, in cooperation with the National Secretary of Planning and Development, is responsible for the development, implementation and monitoring and evaluation of the Yasuni Fund portfolio implemented by national entities. It assumes full programmatic and financial accountability, on behalf of the Government, for activities implemented by the Recipient and Implementing Organizations.

National Recipient Organizations

Through the Government Coordinating Entity, National Recipient and Implementing Organizations will prepare proposals for funding and submit them to the Steering Committee for approval after review by the Technical Secretariat.


Project Identification and Review

For detailed info on the Yasuni ITT Trust Fund project identification and review, release of funds, monitoring and evaluation and other policy and operational matters, please see the detailed Yasuni ITT Trust Fund Terms of Reference.

Recent Documents

This tab shows only recent documents relevant at the Fund level. To see more documents at both the fund and project level go to the Document Center.

Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 10,583,801  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 44,774  
Refunds by Administrative Agent to Contributors -9,999,342  
Total source of funds   629,233
Transferred to Participating Organizations 0  
Refunds from Participating Organizations 0  
Administrative Agent Fee 411,270  
Direct Cost 204,599  
Bank Charges 13,365  
Total use of funds   629,233
Balance with Administrative Agent   0
As a percentage of deposits   0.0%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 250,000  
Total resources   250,000
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 204,599  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -45,401  
Total expenses     250,000
Balance with Participating Organizations   0
As a percentage of transfers   0%
Total Balance of Funds   0
As a percentage of deposits   0.0%
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