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4Returns Platform via Commonland

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Oct 30, 2019

The 4Returns platform is an online space for people involved in large scale landscape restoration based on the holistic 4 returns approach. The 4 returns approach has been developed by Commonland and emphasises that healthy landscapes deliver multiple returns on investment: return of inspiration and returns of natural, social and financial capital.

This Platform offers

  1. Landscape Community: use your login to become a member and connect with a global community to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences
  2. Landscape Stories: share and find interesting examples from all around the globe
  3. Landscape Library: share and find all kinds of curated publications and tools

This 4returns platform for learning and exchange has been initiated by the European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE).

Developing landscape-scale resilience to address the combined crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and soil and water degradation is a major societal challenge. To scale up landscape restoration we need to involve the private sector and engage the business community in catalyzing sustainable land use and management.  To do so, we need to find ways to restore and sustainably manage landscapes while simultaneously returning economic and societal benefits. This requires transdisciplinary cooperation among different specialists and stakeholders. Currently there are wide gaps between economy and ecology, business and environment, which hinder large-scale landscape restoration built on sustainable business models. Bridging these gaps requires students and professionals with diverse backgrounds to be equipped with new knowledge and skills. To develop such tailor-made education, the ENABLE consortium has developed a portfolio of case-teaching materials and two massive open online courses (MOOCs)on how restoration of degraded landscapes can provide a return of inspiration and of financial-, natural- and social capital.

 

Since 1900, nearly 3 species of seed-bearing plants have disappeared per year ― 500 times faster than they would naturally.

The world’s seed-bearing plants have been disappearing at a rate of nearly 3 species a year since 1900 ― which is up to 500 times higher than would be expected as a result of natural forces alone, according to the largest survey yet of plant extinctions.

The project looked at more than 330,000 species and found that plants on islands and in the tropics were the most likely to be declared extinct. Trees, shrubs and other woody perennials had the highest probability of disappearing regardless of where they were located. The results were published on 10 June in Nature Ecology & Evolution1.

The study provides valuable hard evidence that will help with conservation efforts, says Stuart Pimm, a conservation scientist at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The survey included more plant species by an order of magnitude than any other study, he says. “Its results are enormously significant.”

Read the full article at nature.com

This is an excerpt from an original blog posted on nature.com on 10 June 2019

The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is a treaty-based international, inter-governmental organization dedicated to supporting and promoting strong, inclusive and sustainable economic growth in developing countries and emerging economies.

They are recruiting for two positions now one in Papua New Guinea and one in Fiji. Please follow the links below directly to apply. 

Country Representative - Papua New Guinea

The Country Representative will manage and strengthen GGGI’s country program in PNG. Under the supervision of the Pacific Regional Coordinator and Guidance of Deputy Director General, the Country Representative has the overall responsibility for the strategic leadership and direction of the country program to achieve the organizational vision, goals and objectives. The Country Representative is responsible for both the programmatic and operational management of the country program office. The Country Representative will lead and direct the operational day to day activities of the country program and ensure implementation of all projects. S/he represents GGGI with government and international organizations in country and thus act as the focal representative of GGGI in the country for all GGGI related activities. S/he is responsible to ensure cross learning and fertilization of knowledge across GGGI programs and divisions. Apply here by 15th February

Senior Officer - Pacific NDC Implementation - Fiji

The Senior Officer will be embedded within the Pacific NDC Hub within SPC in Suva, Fiji and will be part of the NDC Hub core team of staff, led by the Hub Team Leader. The Senior Officer will report to the GGGI Pacific Regional Representative, while also providing regular updates on their work to the Hub Team Leader. The Senior Officer is in charge of developing substantive inputs and analyses to the development and delivery of technical assistance and capacity-building in the area of investment planning and project formulation, design and development, including proposal preparation. The Senior Officer provides advice on the development of concept notes, business cases and investment analysis and develops investment projects in NDC sectors. This includes advising Pacific SIDS on the processes and assisting them with finding appropriate partners for their investments and project development. Engaging the private sector in the process and in overall Hub activities will be a strategic element of the Senior Officer’s engagement. The Senior Officer works with the Hub staff, the HCG and Pacific SIDS to scale pilot projects and develop new projects which result in implementation of NDCs while ensuring social and environmental safeguards are applied. The Senior Officer will organize and carry out a program of activities responding to country specific needs in the areas above and agreed between GGGI and the Hub Team Leader. The Senior Officer will maintain effective reporting and communication internally and externally in line with GGGI corporate policies, standards and protocols and as needed by the Hub. Apply here  by 19th February

EIT Climate-KIC (Knowledge and Innovation Community) is the EU’s largest public-private partnership addressing climate change through innovation. Our community consists of over 300 leading partners from business, academia, the public sector and NGOs. Our purpose is to help create a prosperous, inclusive, climate resilient society founded on a circular, zero-carbon economy.

They are seeking a Forestry Lead, to be based in Brussels or Paris.

Sustainable Land Use (SLU) activities are focused around three impact goals outlining clear targets to achieve the EIT Climate-KIC long-term decarbonisation goals.

The Forestry Lead will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the programme and will play a key role in developing further the flagship strategy and ecosystem, in implementing its multi-annual plan and business model in collaboration with the EIT Climate-KIC partners involved. In this context, the Forestry Lead will be responsible for developing further the current innovation portfolio of forestry-related projects and support the sourcing of new innovative projects with high climate impact.

Full details of the role and responsibilities on their site : https://www.climate-kic.org/careers/forestry-lead-brussels-or-paris/

Apply by December 21st, 2018. 

Today at the COP in Katowice, the World Bank has announced a major new set of climate targets for 2021-2025, doubling its current 5-year investments to around $200 billion in support for countries to take ambitious climate action. This is fantastic news, and we're particularly excited about the sector of Food and Land-Use: Increase integrated landscape management in up to 50 countries, covering up to120 million hectares of forests.

The new plan significantly boosts support for adaptation and resilience, recognizing mounting climate change impacts on lives and livelihoods, especially in the world’s poorest countries. The plan also represents significantly ramped up ambition from the World Bank Group, sending an important signal to the wider global community to do the same.

 

“Climate change is an existential threat to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable. These new targets demonstrate how seriously we are taking this issue, investing and mobilizing $200 billion over five years to combat climate change,” World Bank Group President, Jim Yong Kim said. “We are pushing ourselves to do more and to go faster on climate and we call on the global community to do the same. This is about putting countries and communities in charge of building a safer, more climate-resilient future.”

The $200 billion across the Group is made up of approximately $100 billion in direct finance from the World Bank (IBRD/IDA), and approximately $100 billion of combined direct finance from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) and private capital mobilized by the World Bank Group.

A key priority is boosting support for climate adaptation, recognizing that millions of people across the world are already facing the severe consequences of more extreme weather events. By ramping up direct adaptation finance to reach around $50 billion over FY21-25, the World Bank will, for the first time, give this equal emphasis alongside investments that reduce emissions.

Read the full announcement here

GLF Bonn Summit 

We're heading to Bonn this weekend and hosting a Launchpad on Standardizing Approaches to help Scale-up Landscape Restoration.

WWF’s Landscape Finance Lab, Commonland, Gold Standard and the Integrated Ecosystem Ratings System will present their complementary approaches for scaling up landscape restoration. We will explain and explore what it means to combine frameworks and methods for landscape restoration. This will be followed by a short panel discussion inviting audience participation (both online and in the room) and feedback as to whether such new methodologies are useful.

Sunday Dec 1st 9:30am CET 

Room: Wien 1-2

If you can't join us in person, the event will also be livestreamed, sign up here to join us online for an interactive engaging session.

If you're coming to Switzerland, registrations are still open 

And if you can't make it, the session will be recorded and posted here next week.

The new Forestry Criteria of the Climate Bonds Standard has been formally launched this week, marking a major turning point in best practice for low carbon and climate resilient investment in forestry industries. Developed with the Forestry Criteria Technical Working Group Members, including Lead Specialist Christine Negra (Versant Vision) and the Lab's Founder Paul Chatterton.

 

Boost for Low Carbon Forestry Investment: Launch of new Green Bonds Criteria in Forestry Sector

Developed for potential green bond issuers and investors, the new Forestry Criteria defines and evaluates low carbon and climate resilient forestry projects by encompassing two broad components: 

  1. Climate mitigation 
  2. Climate resilience

 Within each of these categories, the assets and projects seeking Certification may include:

  • Plantation forests 
  • Sustainably managed natural forests 
  • Conservation forests 
  • Land under reforestation or restoration 
  • Protected lands 
  • Equipment for the management, maintenance and harvesting of forests
  • Timber storage facilities 
  • Supply chain facilities, such as nurseries, panel production and pulp, and paper production 
  • Monitoring facilities, such as weather stations and warning systems for fire, illegal incursion, epidemics and floods or droughts

Why Forestry?

An integral industry for many developed and developing countries, forestry-related investments form a substantial part of the capital assets in some countries. The UNFCCC has estimated that, globally, an additional USD14 billion in financial flows will be required to address climate impacts in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries in 2030, and specifically for forestry, UNEP estimates that USD17-33 billion per year is required to achieve a 50% reduction in deforestation by 2030. 

Our State of the Market Report 2018 analyses the green and climate aligned bond universe for sustainable land use (see page 29), including forestry. Overall, Land Use accounts for only USD37.3bn or 3% of the climate aligned universe, but there is strong indication that there is untapped potential for this to grow with the provision of Criteria.    

Climate Bonds has also identified Life on Land (SDG15) which includes sustainable forest managementas one of the six specific SDGs where increased green investment would provide a benefit, particularly in emerging economiesTargets 15.1, 15.2, 15A & 15B of SDG 15 are particularly relevant. 

The Forestry Criteria will assist in creating new capital flows into the sector with a new science-based framework that includes definitions and a screening mechanism for projects, assets, and activities against which both issuers and investors can assess green bonds. The qualifying projects and assets will be eligible for Climate Bonds Certification.

Bonds seeking Certification must also meet the reporting and transparency requirements of the overarching Climate Bonds Standard.

 

  

Why seek Certification?

Climate Bonds Certification allows issuers to demonstrate to the market that their bond meets industry best practice for climate change mitigation and resilience, as well as for management of proceeds and transparency. 

Forestry has not yet become a significant share of the green bond market, and while best practice standards do exist in the sector, they do not necessarily focus on strong climate measures. 

Certification indicates to investors that proper climate due diligence has been carried out on the assets that they are investing in – a robust and credible way for this new asset type to enter the green bond market. 

Benefits of issuing a Certified Climate Bond include:

  • Investor diversification (forestry issuers should find they attract new investors by certifying)
  • Greater investor engagement 
  • Investor stickiness (investors buying Certified Climate Bonds tend to buy and hold)
  • Strengthened reputation (certifying shows commitment to delivering low carbon infrastructure)
  • Freeing up of balance sheets

 Criteria Development 

Development of the Forestry Criteria began in 2014 with the convening of an Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) TWG to work on the Land Use Criteria. The development of the Land Use Criteria set principles that were then refined into specific Forestry Criteria.

A Forestry TWG was then convened on the basis of the work done by Land Use TWG. A second group, the Industry Working Group (IWG), was responsible for checking the Forestry Criteria are practical for use.

Across the two groups there was representation from leaders and subject matter experts drawn from academia, NGOs, issuers, investors and verifiers.

The Criteria underwent public consultation in June 2018.

Climate Bonds extends its thanks to the dedicated TWG and IWG members for their instrumental role in developing the Criteria.

Expert Comments

 Christine Negra, Versant Vision and Technical Working Group (TWG) Lead shared her views about the launch: 

“To tackle climate change, the forestry sector needs to function as a net carbon sink rather than as a GHG emitter. In the recent IPCC report, land-based mitigation – including afforestation and reforestation – is an essential component of all four model pathways to a 1.5-degree world.”

“The new Forestry Criteria of the Climate Bonds Standard provides necessary guidance for defining investable forestry assets that are aligned with global mitigation goals.” 

 

Dr. David Ganz, Executive Director, The Centre for People and Forests (RECOFTC) and a TWG member:

"The CBI Forestry Criteria can help to ensure that forestry infrastructure assets or projects meet a certain standard for climate-friendly investment. People should be able to live equitably and sustainably in and alongside thriving forests and healthy, resilient landscapes."

"Involvement of the private sector and government is imperative and good governance is the bedrock for the development and implementation of ‘community friendly’ national forest policies, programmes, and regulatory frameworks."

 

Petri Lehtonen, former senior partner at Indufor & now Forest Finance Expert at FAO and TWG member: 

"Forests, as major renewable resources, will have an increasingly important role in finding sustainable solutions for global problems such as population growth, increasing competition for land, climate change and declining natural capital.”

“A swift transition towards a green economy and bio-based production is needed and providing this, CBI standard for investment in such a crucial natural resource as forests, is a step in the right direction."

 

Sean Kidney, CEO, Climate Bonds Initiative: 

Low carbon and climate resilient forestry management is an essential factor for carbon sequestration and protection of natural capital in a carbon constrained world experiencing increased climate impacts.” 

“The Forestry Criteria is a significant step in expanding the reach of the Climate Bonds Standard to a new sector. Issuers, asset managers and institutional investors now have a new, robust, science-based process for delineating forestry investments compatible with addressing climate change and achieving the Paris Agreement goals.”

 

The last word

Definitions and disclosure mechanisms have been an emerging issue in the field of green finance as market growth has accelerated during 2016-2017. 

Climate Bonds has been expanding the scope of its sector based Criteria throughout 2018 and will continue this program next year, providing issuers and investors with the additional investment assurance around climate credentials of green bonds in additional industry sectors. 

Meanwhile, further details on the Forestry Criteria can be found in three supporting documents:

The Forestry Criteria Summary

The Forestry Criteria

The Forestry Background Document

Keep an eye out for announcements including the release of Bioenergy, Protected Agriculture and Hydropower Criteria in the coming months. 

The new Climate Bonds Standard Version 3.0 is also on the way, so stay tuned!

Read more here, including the full list of members involved in developing the criteria

The WWF-Germany office is seeking a candidate for a Traineeship postition in bankable projects, conservation, forest and fresh water in Berlin. It's a one year long position starting in 2019, applications are open until 31st October. Listing here (in German):

Trainee Naturschutz Wald & Süßwasser

To our German collegues, please do pass this on to anyone you think may be interested!

For any further questions, please reaach out to Yougha von Laer at Yougha.vonLaer@wwf.de

 

WWF's Education for Nature (EFN) Reforestation Grant Program focuses on supporting communities in regaining ecological integrity and enhancing human well-being in deforested and degraded landscapes through forest restoration.

EFN is looking for organizations that will use this opportunity to connect corridors, create buffer zones, improve degraded lands, restore watersheds, and expand forest cover while also allowing local stakeholders to connect with nature and become a vested part of a larger conservation program.

Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues. There is only one deadline to apply for the Reforestation Grant opportunity, so be sure to get your applications in by December 1, 2018! Learn more about our eligibility requirements and complete an application on our website: https://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/reforestation-grants.

 

The lab team will be attending this year’s Climate Innovation Summit, EIT Climate-KIC's flagship event, from 6-8 November in Dublin.

‘Mission Finance’ is the theme of the summit, with a focus on driving the mission-critical systems innovations that will catalyse investment needed to combat climate change. Topics include climate risk, moving beyond disclosure, adaptation, infrastructure finance, energy efficiency and landscapes financing, among many others. There will also be a start-up competition and "Shark Tank" session with a panel of climate finance investors.

The summit will bring together over 600 participants for an engaging three-day programme. You can expect interactive pitching and networking sessions, a solutions showcase, masterclasses, a plenary game and much more. New partnerships with the EU’s Mission Innovation programme and the UN’s Financial Centres for Sustainability network will be announced.

We also have a special for Lab members wanting to attend! You can use this code to get free entrance to the Summit and gala dinner: Just register using this link. This also includes complementary entrance to the Gala Dinner at the Mansion House on the 7 November.

Hope to see you in Dublin!

Last week the Landscape Finance Lab was at the London Responsible Supply Chain Summit Europe 2018

In a time when global supply chains are being scrutinised like never before, it is great to meet and discuss emerging technologies, innovations and collaborations critical to sustainable, cost-effective supply chain strategies.

Our Markets Lead Raphaele Deau spoke on the Low-Carbon Keynote, presenting how the SCALE landscape program in Cambodia aims for a transformation of the textile industry through an ambitious rural energy transition.

To meet the 2-Degree target requires ambitious investments and innovations in technologies, strategies and clean energy. Together with Giovanni Tula Head of Innovation & Sustainability Enel Green Power, Morten Blomqvist Senior, Sustainability Advisor Ørsted, Sam Kimmins Head of RE100 The Climate Group and moderated by Kirsten Dunlop the CEO of Climate-KIC, the group discussed where changes need to be made to accelerate the migration to renewables. They had a fruitful discussion.

While in London Raphaele also met with WWF UK corporate teams and the Trillion Trees team, furthering the Lab's collaborative work with these organizations.

The Lab was in Cameroon last week, invited by  IDH-Cocoa and Forest Initiative to present its initial sketches on sustainable landscape and cocoa sourcing in Cameroon. About 50 people took part, representing government, cocoa producers and cooperatives, buyers, NGO's and researchers.

A letter of intent engaging key players in the “green cocoa” Cameroon initiative was signed, including WWF Cameroon and the Lab. For more details email raphaele@landscapelab.org.

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The GLF is the first global movement of its kind and the world’s largest science-led multi-sectoral platform on landscapes, bringing together world leaders, climate negotiators, policy makers, development practitioners, private sector representatives. Since 2013, over 25,000 stakeholders from more than 3,000 organizations and 110 countries have engaged with the GLF.  The next event is GLF Nairobi—Forest and Landscape Restoration in Africa: Prospects and Opportunities, 29-30 August, Nairobi, Kenya.

This will be an unmissable event for those interested in forest and landscape restoration based in Africa.

For those of us around the world, there is an option to stream some of the sessions and discussions online. Follow this link to sign up to participate online

More about the event:

With an estimated 2.8 million hectares of forests lost each year, deforestation and land degradation remain significant challenges in Africa. Bringing together diverse public and private sector voices, alongside Indigenous Peoples, scientists and youth, the 2018 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Africa Conference will foster political and community support to implement the AFR100 Initiative to restore 100 million hectares of degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030.

This regional conference will focus on the coordination and promotion of international, national and private sector support for forest and landscape restoration, while paving the way forward for forest and landscape restoration implementation.

Numerous country-level restoration success stories exist across the continent, including in Madagascar, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda, Malawi, Ethiopia and Niger, where local communities have restored more than 5 million hectares of degraded landscapes. The 2018 GLF Africa Conference will showcase and discuss local to regional success stories and challenges, emphasizing ways to strengthen human, technical and financial capacities.

As a platform for thought-provoking discussions between experts, eyewitnesses, policymakers and the local public, the event will build on the critical momentum to offer emerging but concrete plans for combating deforestation and land degradation challenges in Africa.

We'll be participating online so send us your questions for the speakers if you are not able to join!

Forest Finance Challenge

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Oct 30, 2017

The WWF Forest team seeks to unleash the power of the crowd to capitalize on new, self-sustaining ways of generating funding for alternative energy.

Nearly 3 billion people rely on solid fuel, including fuelwood and charcoal, to meet their cooking needs. Use of these fuels results in forest loss, declining wildlife populations, human health problems from smoke inhalation, and greenhouse gas emissions.

WWF is looking for bold, new, innovative ideas and models that promote sustainable finance. Alternative energy, such as biogas or clean cookstoves, can be expensive in rural communities, and WWF is looking to overcome the hurdle of upfront cost by building sustainable ways to access money and support access to energy. This will help with reducing dependence on forests for energy, directly contributing to wildlife conservation and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Enter the challenge to make your mark on WWF’s work to halt deforestation and restore forests!

Click to see the challenge and for the challenge rules!

https://forestfinancechallenge.crowdicity.com/category/19297

The Global Canopy Programme

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Oct 6, 2016

The Global Canopy Programme is a tropical forest think tank working to demonstrate the scientific, political and business case for safeguarding forests as natural capital that underpins water, food, energy, health and climate security for all. Their vision is a world where rainforest destruction has ended, with a mission to accelerate the transition to a deforestation free economy.

GCP as an organisation is made up of individuals who are highly knowledgeable in their chosen fields who come together to create a strong multidisciplinary team with the right experience, ideas, and access to global networks of stakeholders (corporates, policy maker and financial institutions) which can be leveraged to deliver impact.

The Global Canopy Programme also hosts a range of project specific websites.

Panorama Solutions Platform

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Oct 6, 2016

About 

Panorama is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration. Their platform houses a number of thematic portals, and is envisioned to be continuously expanded with new partners and solutions from further topics. The Panorama allows practitioners to share their stories, get recognized for successful work, and learn how others have tackled problems across the globe, by encouraging reflection on and learning from proven approaches.

Partners 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), GRID-Arendal, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Funders

Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety of the Federal Republic of Germany (BMUB)

Global Environment Facility (GEF)

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 

The Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative is an international collaborative initiative of knowledge sharing, dialogue and action to support integrated landscape management in order to achieve three simultaneous goals: improved food production, ecosystem conservation, and sustainable livelihoods.

More than 60 partner organizations from North and South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia are contributing their resources and considerable expertise to promote and strengthen landscape management around the world. We engage with policymakers, ministries, donors, civil society organizations, researchers, landscape managers, business leaders and farmers to demonstrate how a whole landscape approach can help them achieve goals as diverse as mitigating climate change, increasing rural incomes, reducing risks and improving agricultural productivity.

There is also a repository of tools shared via their learning network

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