Mission Statement

In many parts of the world ecosystems are degraded and under extreme pressure from rural poverty, climate change, lacking security and natural resources depletion but also competing intensive agriculture, mining and urbanization land uses. Human, animal and plant inhabitants of planet Earth suffer because of this.

ESMERALDA, which is an acronym for Earth Sustainability Monitoring for Ecosystem Restoration using sAteLlites to foster Development for humAnkind, is an effort by five private companies from France and Germany with different expertise to leverage financial, agroecology and space technology know-how to conceptualize and kick-start ecosystem restoration large scale investment projects based on sustainable business models for the local communities and economic partners of the areas to be restored.

The ESMERALDA approach rests on four pillars:

  1. Identification of areas and ecosystems to restore based on land and landscape degradation trends and deep understanding of degradation drivers, involving all relevant stakeholders at local, regional and global levels, moderating the definition of a viable project concept and clear implementation strategies
  2. Matching socio-economic needs and opportunities with market and investment funding demands, devising a sustainable and secured business plan and contracts for all stakeholders involved
  3. Providing transparency of the project preparation and traceability of project activities as well as social, environmental and economic impacts during and beyond the project implementation timeline using high performance satellite data and geographical information systems (GIS).
  4. Sharing of knowledge/best practices/success stories and stimulating partnerships between green investors, economic operators and communities living in areas to be restored.

For an impression of what a fully designed project with business plan looks like, visit:

To scale up ecosystem restoration activities in Africa and beyond the ESMERALDA seed fund, in the process of being established in Luxembourg and thus subject to European banking regulations, will accept your investments. Contact us today at info@esmeralda.earth to discuss your specific objectives


The ESMERALDA platform is based on the fusion and further enhancement of VtWeb and HERMOSA. Currently it is being adapted to requirements for restoration projects of the Great Green Wall Initiative of Africa but can also easily accommodate projects in other parts of the world where human-nature struggles are intense.






The ESMERALDA consortium consists of:

Everimpact a French company dedicated to measuring real carbon emissions to finance impactful climate action.

VisioTerra a French company specialising in scientific consulting for Earth observation.

Germany’s leading sustainable finance think-tank specialized in green investment capacity.

a German company using Free and Open Source Software for Earth observation data analysis, spatial data infrastructures and high performance computing.

a French company specialized in the participatory conception and development of restoration investment projects in degrading landscapes

ESMERALDA is partner of Fundación Agreste, a Civil Society Organization and accredited observer of UNCCD and UNFCCC. It is a pioneer of combating desertification and leader of a global network of grass-root NGOs.


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ESMERALDA can be contacted through any participating company listed below. Languages spoken by the contact persons are indicated (FR = French, EN = English, DE = German, ES = Spanish, PT = Portuguese, IT = Italian). The central Email you are invited to use is: info@esmeralda.earth


mundialis GmbH & Co. KG
Koelnstr. 99
53111 Bonn, Germany
Hinrich Paulsen (DE, EN, ES)
 +49 228 38 75 80 80

5 parvis Alan Turing
75013 Paris, France
Alain Retière (FR, EN, ES, PT, IT)
 +33 6 99 23 41 05

Climate & Company
Ahornallee 2
12623 Berlin, Germany
Dr. Oliver Herrmann (DE, EN, FR)
 +43 6 77 63 50 09 69

14 rue Albert Einstein
77420 Champs-sur-Marne, France

Philippe Gisquet (FR, EN, IT)
 +33 6 67 62 21 04