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As essential reading we'd recommend starting with the 1) Little Book of Sustainable Landscapes, 2) Landscape Elements resource and Ecoagriculture Partners' 3) Business for Sustainable Landscapes report

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This year’s Equator Prize will recognize innovative initiatives from local communities and Indigenous peoples that demonstrate exceptional achievements in nature-based solutions for local sustainable development. Winning initiatives will be honored for their successes in protecting, restoring and/or sustainably managing biodiversity for positive development outcomes.

Thematic priorities include:

  • Action on Sustainable Food Systems: Protection, restoration and/or sustainable management of natural and agricultural ecosystems for food security.
  • Action on Climate: Protection, restoration and/or sustainable management of ecosystems that help mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and/or help communities adapt to the impacts of climate change.
  • Action on Nature and Green Economy: Protection, restoration and/or sustainable management of terrestrial or marine ecosystems, biodiversity, and/or wildlife that enables sustainable and green livelihoods, enterprises, and jobs, including Indigenous economies.

Special consideration will be given to nominees working on ecosystem integrity and intactness, water security, disaster risk reduction, advocacy for land and water rights, social and environmental justice, and gender equality.

The Equator Prize 2021 nomination process will offer community-based initiatives the opportunity to share their work on the Equator Initiative’s web portal of local nature-based solutions for sustainable development. The platform connects communities around the world and shares local solutions that work for people and planet. Participation in this platform is optional when submitting nominations for the Equator Prize. 

Nominations may be submitted through our online nomination system by 10 May 2021.

If you are having technical issues to access the system, please contact prize@equatorinitiative.org.
 

The Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) Forest Positive Coalition of Action are invite submissions of Expression of Interest (EoI) for landscape initiatives to be considered by Coalition members for investment in 2021. Deadline for submission is 16 April 2021 – see more information below.

The Coalition is a group of 20 leading companies with a collective market value of US$1.8 trillion that aims to leverage collective action and accelerate systemic efforts to remove deforestation, forest degradation and conversion from key commodity supply chains, while supporting sustainable forest management, conservation and restoration, supporting the rights of workers and local communities, and improving livelihoods.  

Central to the Coalition’s Theory of Change is the recognition that the transformation of commodity production to Forest Positive, as defined above, across entire sectors cannot be delivered by supply chain companies in isolation. Addressing deforestation and building Forest Positive production requires collaboration between companies, producers, local communities, governments and civil society organisations, and to build this collaboration in practice, Coalition members will focus on actions in production landscapes.

The Coalition is seeking promising landscape initiatives for its members to invest in this year and for potential longer-term Coalition engagement in 2022 and beyond. This open call for EoI is made to invite landscape initiatives that work in the Coalition members’ production base of palm oil, soy, pulp, paper and fibre-based packaging (PPP), and beef. Assessments will be made based on the Principles of Collective Action in Production Landscapes (see attached).  

Implementers who have more than one landscape or jurisdictional initiatives are invited to submit one EoI for each initiative they’re implementing. Submissions are be made through this online form by 16 April 2021 at 2pm CET – you can see the questions posed in the form in the attached document. Only submissions made through the online form will be accepted by the Coalition for consideration.

Any questions on this call for EoI should be addressed to the CGF at forestpositive@theconsumergoodsforum.com. Responses to the collated questions will be made available on the CGF website on 12 April 2021. 

Please feel free to send this open call for EoI to other colleagues or implementers supporting other landscape/jurisdictional initiatives. 

LOCATION

Remote (must be available daily to work with the team from 9am to 5pm US eastern time)

DEADLINE

2021-04-05

POSITION SUMMARY:

EcoAgriculture Partners is hiring a Communications Manager or Senior Communications Manager to join their team as soon as possible. The Manager will conduct communication activities both for the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People Initiative (1000L) and for EcoAgriculture Partners’ other programs. Seeking a highly motivated individual who has strategic communication experience, has worked in multi-stakeholder environments, is creative, articulate, and has strong attention to detail. 

The successful candidate will be an effective team worker while simultaneously being adept at working independently to manage multiple, complex tasks. This is a full-time salaried position with benefits.

The Communications Manager or Senior Communications Manager will report to the President and CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners and will work closely with the EcoAg and 1000L teams.

More info on how to apply below

https://ecoagriculture.org/job/communications-manager-or-senior-communications-manager/

Vacancy Head of Carbon at Commonland
For the development of their landscape carbon program we are looking for an experienced Head of Carbon. If you are interested in our #4Returns holistic landscape management and restoration work and can bring in carbon investment knowledge based on an ecosystem approach & science, check the vacancy below:

The position

The landscape carbon strategy has been developed, and we’re ready for the next phase. As we are in the process of starting the preliminary activities, we are looking for an entrepreneurial, hands-on, and experienced leader to join our team and take the lead in setting up and running the carbon team reporting directly to the CEO/COO. 

You will be working from our head office based in Amsterdam. Commonland is currently involved in 8 large-scale and long-term restoration projects, and you may travel to the landscapes for extended periods of time on a frequent basis. While the execution of the carbon strategy will be your main priority, you will also help to build carbon programs within landscapes with our core partners.

 

As a commercial, sustainability professional, your experience will include: 

· University degree in Business Administration or Environmental Sciences, working experience preferably in the carbon industry

· Minimum 10 years of experience in climate and nature-based solutions, REDD+, TREES, carbon credits, landscape design, regenerative agriculture and carbon farming, afforestation, and deforestation

· Entrepreneurial in your approach, hands-on and strategic thinking with a proven track record of business growth, and building the business and personnel infrastructure to support this growth

· Proven track record in stakeholder management across public and corporate organizations 

· Managing supply and demand side, initiating multi-million transactions (including jurisdictional programs), building a pipeline of buyers, as well as developing channel partnerships 

 

Your main responsibilities will include: 

· Further developing and executing the strategy, direction, and evolution of the carbon activities 

· Co-developing the ‘4 Returns Carbon credit co-benefit methodology’ together with our core landscape partners 

· Leading the development and evolution of the 4 Returns Carbon programs to ensure they evolve in a manner that guarantees the integrity and quality of all projects and credits and ensures they are strategically positioned to continue to play a leading role in driving climate action and holistic landscape management 

· Collaborating with other Commonland departments to ensure synchronization on key opportunities and challenges (e.g., engaging in cross-organizational discussions on communications, innovations and organizational strategy) 

· Engaging with outside stakeholders, including corporates, NGOs and governments to build and maintain essential relationships, and inform program development and organizational strategy

· Supervising program staff 

· Representing Commonland at external meetings and events 

https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/2307299106/?refId=egXQj3flTaWjYvAurubJyQ%3D%3D

USD 10 million for adaptation innovation available: Apply now, join the launch next week

The Adaptation Fund has launched a new USD 10 million pilot small grants programme (Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator) to foster innovation in adaptation in developing countries. The programme targets a broad range of potential finance recipients, including governments, non-governmental organizations, community groups, young innovators and other groups.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) administrate this new joint programme and offer grant funding or technical assistance (up to USD 250,000 each).You can join the launch event (available in English, French and Spanish) and learn more about the programme: 18 November 2020 (Wednesday), two events (6:00 - 7:30 AM (CET) for Asia-Pacific & 3:00 - 4:30 PM (CET) for America, Europe and Africa). Please register here: https://afcia.eventbrite.comJoin via Zoom: https://undp.zoom.us/j/89760676960AFCIA BrochureLearn more about the programme at www.adaptation-undp.org/smallgrantaggregator and www.ctc-n.org/afcia   

Jobs | WWF Cocoa Lead Expert

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) 10 months ago

WWF Belgium is currently recruiting for the following position. Applications close 16 Aug 2020.   

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Title: Cocoa Lead Expert 

Your Role:

As Cocoa Lead Expert you are responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of WWF’s position and strategy on cocoa. You will create, conduct and coordinate a cross offices cocoa working group in order to create alignment and strengthen the role of sustainable cocoa in WWF’s global conservation agenda.

As Cocoa Lead Expert, you have a strong technical grasp of cocoa sustainability issues that enables you to consult, support and advise WWF on business and government policiesagricultureforestry and landscape work related to cocoa. Besides, you maintain excellent relationships with the cocoa sector stakeholders, including multinational companies, governments & policy makers, civil society organizations and academia.

Responsibilities:

1. Developing WWF position on cocoa and associated strategy to reduce the key impacts of cocoa production on biodiversity and forests.

  • Align WWF’s commodity and global strategies on forests, markets and food and ensure that cocoa is becoming a strategic crop within the network based on the best available scientific knowledge
  • Develops asks, compelling arguments, and business cases for change, that support the engagement of companies, government agencies and other organizations that are identified as priorities.
  • Identify, engage and influence demand companies and traders on sustainability issues in cocoa sector
  • Ensures that WWF’s interests are represented in priority industry platforms, multi-stakeholder initiatives, standards bodies, or roundtables for cocoa. Prepares or contributes to policy positions relevant to cocoa.

2. Overseeing the execution of strategy and coordinating across all network offices.

3. Mobilizing the WWF to ensure a well-coordinated approach towards sustainable cocoa across network.

  • Sets up and coordinates a WWF cocoa working group and convenes regular meetings
  • Motivates WWF Network staff and key offices to help conceive and take part in implementing the Cocoa Strategy through their office contributions
  • Contributes to internal learning and knowledge management by routinely and consistently sharing lessons learned and models of change

4. Fundraising, communicating and mobilizing resources towards more sustainable cocoa.

  • Plan and oversee budget for cocoa work
  • Identify sources of funding and develop fundraising proposals to implement WWF’s cocoa strategy with the support of relevant national, regional offices of WWF-International teams.
  • Contributes to reporting on cocoa’s work with respect to external and internal funds as required
  • Communication:
    • Co-develops WWF’s communication strategy and messages on cocoa
    • Is consulted about international messaging or releases that relate to cocoa, its supply chains or the stakeholders involved.
    • Spokesperson on cocoa at the international level 

Click here for more info

 

BIOPAMA (Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management) is an initiative of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States financed by EU’s European Development Fund.

They have opened a Call for Proposals for Rapid Response Grants that respond to Covid-19 related emergencies in conservation. They are searching for projects in the Caribbean, Pacific, and Africa that:

  • Enhance management/governance of protected or conserved areas
  • Increase resilience to shocks and recovery of the protected and conserved areas including sustainable/innovative funding planning
  • Maintain livelihoods and/or enhance resilience of local communities to major shocks caused by the pandemic
Proposals must be submitted before December 31, 2020. They are eligible for up to 50,000 euros in funding. The full set of criteria, guidelines, and information on how to apply can be found in the comments below.
 

Charting our Carbon Future: Opportunities for Corporate
Mitigation Action

Pricing of emission reductions

The fifth in the series of online interactive sessions by UNREDD will be held  16:30-18:00 (CEST) Tuesday 19 May

SUMMARY

19 May – Session 5: Pricing of emission reductions (90 minutes)

This session will provide an overview of current and expected costs and prices of emission reductions in the forestry and agricultural sectors and the effect of uncertainty and buffers on net flows reaching stakeholders on the ground.

The overview will include opportunity and implementation costs in REDD+ interventions.

The session will discuss the effect of prices on sustainability of interventions, incentives, "fair pricing" and reputational risks.

The session will continue with a unique mix of views and perspectives from top experts and field practitioners.

Presenters: Jeff Swartz (South Pole); Moon Herrick (Emergent Climate); Paul Chatterton (WWF Landscape Finance Lab) and INDIGO Ag (TBC).

REGISTER HERE 

Outline 
During the ‘Virtual Workshop’ of six interactive online sessions, participants working on climate and sustainability from various businesses will meet with each other, and selected experts, to collaborate in:

1) Exploring the best knowledge and ideas for investments in nature-based solutions (NBS) to help achieve ambitious mitigation goals

2) Comparing and developing strategic plans based on best practices/actions to achieve carbon commitments.

Full event information and agenda attached below

Click here for an overview of the whole series 

The Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility (BNCFF) supports the development of sound, investable projects that support coastal habitats and have clear ecosystem service benefits. BNCFF aims, in particular, at demonstrating the feasibility of tapping into the wealth of coastal ecosystems – ‘blue natural capital’ – to create appropriate risk-return profiles for funding providers and to protect and enhance the underlying habitat at the same time.

A key ecosystem service provided by coastal wetlands concerns the removal and long-term storage of CO2, a reason why these ecosystems – namely mangroves, seagrasses and marshlands – are also referred to as “blue carbon” ecosystems. Blue carbon project development presents the opportunity to avoid, reduce or remove CO2 from the atmosphere by conserving and restoring coastal wetlands, while generating income for local communities from the sale of carbon credits.

As terrestrial forest carbon projects have been developed for decades, investable blue carbon projects remain rare. This is despite the fact that blue carbon interventions – such as conservation of threatened mangrove habitats, rewetting of tidal peatlands and restoration of seagrass beds – generate a multitude of additional benefits to climate change mitigation. The protection of freshwater resources, the provision of nursery grounds for fish, and shoreline protection against storms and flooding are important ecosystem services that healthy coastal wetlands provide.

In order to kickstart blue carbon project initiatives to generate tradeable carbon credits or use other results-based finance schemes, BNCFF offers seed funding to pay for feasibility assessments or early project development*. Funding per project may not exceed 70,000 EUR and can be used for various pre-feasibility and feasibility studies to determine the blue carbon potentials, prepare blue carbon project design documents, set up monitoring and verification procedures and tools, non-permanence and leakage risk assessment, among others. The call targets projects in developing countries only. NGOs, SMEs, academia as well as government entities are eligible.

Through this call for proposals the BNCFF aims to support about four promising blue carbon projects over the coming year.
Projects will be selected according to the following criteria:

  • Blue carbon generation potential and the ability to monetize the blue carbon;
  •  Habitat conservation and/or restoration value across ecosystem services;
  •  Clear and inclusive land tenure and participation arrangements;
  •  Environmental, social and governance attributes (including gender aspects);
  • Experience of the applicant;
  • Role of the blue carbon income stream in the expected finance structure; and
  • Opportunities for developing additional income streams (beyond carbon).

There are no thresholds in terms of area size for this call. However, projects must demonstrate that they will likely generate sufficient cashflows to attract financing and maintaining operations for a longer time period (~10 years) based on a sustainable business model.

Deadline for submission is April 30th.
Responses to applicants by May 30th.
Only projects that respect the word counts will be considered for pre-selection. Pre-selected proposals will be vetted in dialogue with the applicants.
The BNCFF Facility Manager may request targeted follow-up information from any applicant.
The release of funding is subject to the BNCFF’s know-your-customer check.
All funding decisions are final.

LandScale is looking for pioneers in landscape sustainability to pilot a new approach to assess and credibly communicate your impact on sustainability at landscape scale. More information about this exciting opportunity can be found in our flyer and FAQ.The deadline to apply is May 1st, 2020.

What does becoming a LandScale Innovator involve?

The LandScale assessment framework consists of a set of criteria and indicators to track landscape sustainability outcomes across a range of issues including environmental, socioeconomic, governance, and production. The new version of the assessment framework will be even more practical and relevant, thanks to feedback received in our first public consultation and field testing to date by our existing pilots.

The complete LandScale toolkit (coming soon) — which will also include an easy to use online platform and guidelines for verification of results and making claims — will help users better understand, measure, and communicate progress and trends at landscape scale.

Conveners of multi-stakeholder landscape initiatives, companies, donors and financial institutions can benefit greatly from becoming LandScale Innovators by:

  • Using v0.2 of the assessment framework to measure and improve landscape sustainability
  • Joining a global community of like-minded innovators driving improvements at scale
  • Being one of the first featured on the LandScale platform to share stories of impact
  • Providing valuable feedback and helping shape LandScale
  • Receiving guidance from the LandScale team throughout the process

To learn more, please join us for a live Q&A webinar with representatives from our Core Pilots program: 

 

London and Berlin. The United Kingdom and Germany jointly announce the intention to commit a total of up to EUR 60 million for the NAMA Facility to launch its 7th Call for the submission of NAMA Support Project (NSP) Outlines.

In recognition of both the strength of the NAMA Facility’s project pipeline and the country’s commitment to the NAMA Facility, the United Kingdom announces an additional contribution of up to EUR 38 million to the NAMA Facility to support NSPs from past and future Calls.

Founded in 2012, NAMA Facility Donors – the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU); the United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS); the European Union and the Danish Ministry of Climate, Energy and Utilities (KEFM) – have until now made available up to EUR 523 million for NAMA Facility climate action.

The 7th Call

NSP Outline submissions to the 7th Call will officially open on 1 April 2020 and run until 3pm CEST on 1 September 2020. This application window has been extended – compared to past Calls – to accommodate Applicants’ requests for additional time to prepare NSP Outlines. Through this competitive Call, the NAMA Facility continues to support developing countries and emerging economies in implementing the most ambitious NAMAs with high potential for transformational change towards a carbon-neutral future.

All relevant application materials for the development of NSP Outlines will be published and available on the NAMA Facility’s website on 1 April. Throughout the open Call, two webinars will be held to inform Applicants about NAMA Facility expectations and to guide them through the application process and materials. Clarification rounds will also be held, to which Applicants may submit specific questions, which will be pooled and publicly responded to in four clarification round installments.

Once the Call closes on 1 September, submitted NSP Outlines will undergo a thorough assessment process. The NAMA Facility’s Board will then identify and select those NSP Outlines that are to receive support in the Detailed Preparation Phase. During this phase, selected Applicants are provided with financial support to further elaborate NSP Outlines into comprehensive, ready-to-implement NSP Proposals. A second assessment process is then undertaken to assess the NSP Proposals; those approved by the NAMA Facility Board subsequently enter the Implementation Phase.

Please direct any questions to contact(at)nama-facility.org.

Our friends at Commonland are recruiting...application deadline 27th Jan 2020

The Ideal candidate

  • You have proven track record in fundraising, marketing and communications and you are able to use this for writing compelling stories and funding proposals;
  • You have a strong affinity with Commonland’s mission and vision and enjoy working in an innovative creative expert organisation with a holistic mindset;
  • You enjoy making connections, and talk easily to the president of a country as to any other person;
  • You live in the Netherlands, preferably near Amsterdam, or are willing to relocate;
  • You possess outstanding writing and verbal skills in English, and preferably in Dutch and Spanish;
  • You display courage and confidence in building long-term relationships and have excellent interpersonal skills.

Your responsibilities:

Managing the fund mobilization and marketing & communications team and you are a part of our Management Team;

Responsible and accountable for meeting strategic goals and objectives;

Accountable for development, communications, media relations and fund mobilization (up to €10 million a year);

Further develop a professional fund mobilization strategy, retention and professional development and establishing clear directions for the team;

Develop and administer budget, partnership and fundraising objectives, evaluate results and develops corrective strategies as needed;

Search for new major funders and maintain our existing funds in line with the overall strategy;

Develop and implement a strategy for growth of the individual and corporate supporter base, and build a large personal and business network that leads to fundraising opportunities;

In all aspects of your work, you are an ambassador for the organisation;

You will work closely with, and proactively support and advise the CEO in building and maintaining relationships based on agreed goals and strategies.

If you have any questions about the vacancy contact Clara Ramschie (clara.ramschie@commonland.com), otherwise send your motivation and CV to Jos Meijer, Recruiter at Commonland before January 27 via jobs@commonland.com.

More about the role here 

EcoAgriculture Partners is recruiting a Program Manager for the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People Initiative.

EcoAgriculture Partners seeks a talented strategic thinker and manager, with strong facilitation and fundraising skills, to join our team full-time to manage the collaborative design and development of the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People initiative. This Program Manager position is available immediately and must be filled by February 2020.

  • Based in Washington, DC, USA preferred (may be negotiable)
  • We will begin reviewing applications on December 20, 2019, until the right candidate is found.
The Role

The 1000 Landscapes initiative intends to build and promote system innovations that empower local landscape partnerships to achieve large-scale landscape transformation. As convener of 1000 Landscapes, EcoAgriculture Partners is looking for an experienced manager and facilitator, who can support our design teams to solve complex technical and organizational challenges and mobilize financial resources and broad stakeholder support for the work.

The Program Manager will report to the President/CEO of EcoAgriculture Partners, but will work closely with partner organizations, as well as other EcoAgriculture staff.

Work will require frequent global travel to design workshops, fundraising, outreach events, and partner meetings (~25% travel). The position is preferably based in Washington, D.C., but a posting in New York or Amsterdam may be considered with regular visits to Washington.

See here for more information and application

Commonland is seeking an Expert in Landscapes Advocacy. Please see this vacancy announcement and share with your professional and private networks: https://www.commonland.com/jobs/expert-landscapes-advocacy/

In this role, you will

  • support the CEO, management team and local 4 returns stakeholder groups in relevant stakeholder processes, of governments, NGOs, experts, and business;
  • monitor external trends and issues on the horizon to inform colleagues and landscape partners on relevant developments, including upcoming reports and analyses;
  • oversee our partnerships with expert organisations;
  • work in close cooperation with the teams Fund Mobilization and Communication.

You will report directly to the CEO of Commonland.

See here for more information https://www.commonland.com/jobs/expert-landscapes-advocacy/

 

WWF, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Reuters Breakingviews and the German Stock Exchange are delighted to invite you to attend the exclusive Water Summit 2019 – a unique event on the global water and financial calendar.

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2019 ranks water as the 4th biggest global business risk. The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has reported growing corporate losses driven by water risks that now amount to over USD $ 30 billion on a year-on-year basis.

From the droughts that materially impact Europe’s economy to the multi-million dollar impacts of water scarcity in cities like Cape Town and Chennai, it is beyond doubt that water issues can materially impact investors and companies. So how to tackle water risks and seize new opportunities?

Building on the success of the 2018 Water Summit in London (29 global leading speakers, 85 C-suite participants,185 delegates in total), this year’s Water Summit will focus on business and investment risks as well as business opportunities linked to water and climate change. Supported by ABInBev and the global Valuing Water Initiative, the high level event will focus on:

Finance and Business Resilience under Climate Change: Water risk and opportunity

And will address key questions, such as:

  • How can water risks be identified, valued and mitigated?
  • What role will water play in investment decisions, particularly in the era of climate change?
  • How can companies and investors seize new water opportunities?
  • What effects will new water governance and regulations have on companies and investments?

The Summit will also provide a platform to showcase innovative financial solutions and corporate approaches to water stewardship as well as the launch of a new Water Risk Valuation tool and a report on finance and freshwater.

Targeted at CEOs and CFOs of financial institutions and companies that depend on water as an input in their products, processes and supply chains, the Summit has already attracted an impressive list of global leading speakers, including:

  *   Peter van Mierlo, CEO, FMO Bank
  *   Maurizio Patarnello, CEO, Nestle Waters
  *   Prof. Dr. Joachim Nagel, Chair of Executive Board, KfW bank
  *   Dr Joachim Faber, Chair of Board, Deutsche Borse
  *   Sasja Beslik, former Head of Sustainable Finance, NORDEA
  *   Andrew Johnson, CEO, Climate Fund Managers
  *   Philippe Prufer, CEO, SKP Investimentos
  *   Tom Butler, CEO International Council of Mining and Minerals
  *   Sylvia Wisniwski, Managing Director, Finance in Motion
  *   Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for Int Water Affairs, Dutch govt
  *   Andre Fourie, Director, Global Water, AB InBev
  *   Shelagh Whitley, Director of ESG, UN PRI
  *   Susan Goeransson, Director, Head of Infrastructure Europe, EBRD
  *   Yannick OUAKNINE, Head of Sustainability Research, Société Générale
  *   Monika Freyman, Director, Investor Engagement Water, CERES
  *   Pavan Sukhdev, President WWF International
  *   Eberhard Brandes, CEO WWF-Germany
  *   Stuart Orr, WWF Global Freshwater Lead
  *   Margaret Kuhlow, WWF Global Finance Lead

This year’s highly anticipated event will take place at the German Stock Exchange in Eschborn on November 18th, 2019.

The event is limited to 200 delegates and registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Click here to register

The World Wildlife Fund’s Education for Nature (EFN) program provides financial support to conservationists in Asia, Africa and Latin America. EFN's Reforestation Grant program is accepting applications from organizations that support communities in regaining ecological integrity through reforestation and restoration projects. 

This year's call for proposals is open until November 25, 2019. We would greatly appreciate it if you would circulate this opportunity to your colleagues and organizations that you work with. 

Please see our website for further eligibility guidelines. Thank you for helping us spread the word! 

 

LandScale webinars | 17th Sept

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Sep 12, 2019

Verra, the Rainforest Alliance, and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity Alliance are excited to invite you to attend a webinar about LandScale to find out more about the initiative and our public consultation.

They offer three times for webinars on Tuesday, September 17, two in English at 9:30-10:30 am GMT and 12-1 pm EDT, and one in Spanish at 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT. Please click on your preferred time to sign up for the webinar.

You are warmly invited to join the public consultation to provide your input and help ensure that this initiative brings the greatest benefit to landscape sustainability globally.

JOIN THE CONSULTATION 

The Nordic Climate Facility (NCF) offers grants between EUR 250,000 and 500,000 for innovative climate change projects in 21 developing countries.

This year’s call for proposals is open until 5 September 2019. Send us your best project idea!NCF financing is allocated on a competitive basis with thematic calls for proposals arranged annually. This year’s theme is: Testing the viability of innovative climate solutions. At least one of the project partners should be an organisation registered in a Nordic country, i.e. Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway or Sweden.

The application guidelines for this year’s call for proposals are available here. For more information, visit our website at www.nordicclimatefacility.com/how-to-apply.

The Lab is recruiting for a Communications Manager and would welcome applications from interested candidates. Please feel free to share the below information. You can also find this advertised on LinkedIn and on the WWF jobs board website

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There has never been more money and political will for conservation and sustainability than in this decade. Yet investors and land managers are struggling to originate high-quality, de-risked, land use projects. The Landscape Finance Lab  bridges this gap. It is a new WWF initiative to structure, de-risk, launch, and fund sustainable land use deals at landscape scale – covering millions of hectares, mobilising hundreds of millions of dollars and catalysing major impact.

Established in April 2016, the Lab is incubating a portfolio of landscape programs. We are focused exclusively on programs covering over a million hectares, million tonnes of traded goods, million tonnes greenhouse gases, and $100 million investment size.

Our purpose is to:

  • Enable high quality landscape programs in global biodiversity priority places – using jurisdictional REDD+, land degradation neutrality, catchment management and landscape sourcing approaches.
  • Test innovative financing mechanisms – including private sector investment funds, impact investing platforms and public sector grant funding windows.
  • Build sector learning, capacity and impact. We are growing a global online learning community and producing tools, guidance and learning publications for them.

Location: Virtual (location flexible) 

Work percentage: 20% (1 day per week with potential to grow) 

Contract type: fixed term from August 2019 to June 2020 (with 3 month probation)

Role Summary:

The core focus of this role is to develop quality communications to generate awareness and engagement of Lab activities in the conservation finance sector. This includes developing and maintaining consistent messaging from and about the Lab.  

The Lab is keen to further develop communication activities, which will include sourcing funding and sponsorship to produce communication campaigns which can highlight key landscape and finance needs and solutions.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Excellent command of spoken and written English
  • Excellent communication and diplomatic skills
  • Graphic design skills
  • Ability to relate convincingly and credibly with peers in partner organizations
  • Strong organizational skills with an aptitude to get things done
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement communication tools
  • Creativity and flexibility with a solution-oriented approach
  • Knowledge of sustainability and conservation finance issues an advantage
  • Adheres to WWF’s values, which are: Passionate & Optimistic, Challenging & Inspiring, Credible & Accountable, Persevering & Delivering Results

Tasks:  

  • Preparation and management of the Lab's Communication strategy
  • Preparation and management of template for communication materials
  • Maintenance of the Lab and partners branding and identity
  • Work with the Lab team to disseminate key stories from the Lab
  • Writing and disseminating Lab monthly newsletter and regular blogs
  • Writing and disseminating press releases to launch Lab and partner activities
  • Build media visibility and liaise with journalists on behalf of the Lab
  • Build the Lab’s online presence through social media  
  • Preparation of Lab presentations for landscape and market programs as well as general operations
  • Develop and maintain excellent relationships and synergies with partners to achieve maximum co-operation.
  • Advise the team regarding communication messages in the development and implementation of marketing activities related to the Lab and our activities

Example deliverables:

  • 4 mentions of the Lab in print media/ broadsheets per year
  • 30% engagement on monthly newsletter and blogs
  • Essential Lab communications pack
  • Landscape and program pitch decks
  • 12 Landscape stories

Required Qualifications:

  • A university degree as well as an in-depth understanding of communication practices
  • At least 5 years work experience in the field of communications in an international environment in the private or NGOs sector
  • Experience with media desired
  • Superlative writing and editing skills

Application
Please send a cover letter and copy of your CV to jobs@landscapelab.org by 5pm, 30 July 2019

Please be available for a 1st interview on 6 August, successful candidates will be invited to a 2nd interview later in August.  

We have less than 12 years to prevent a climate catastrophe and put the world onto a sustainable path for everyone. The U.N. Decade on Ecosystem Restoration could be the global movement we need to achieve this mission.
 
In the runup to the Decade’s launch on World Environment Day, 5 June 2021, GLF New York City: The Decade on Ecosystem Restoration will be a global consultation on the Decade’s roadmap, setting the wheels in motion for massive mobilization around its goals.
 
When: 28 September 2019
Where: U.N. Headquarters in New York City
 
Apply to attend as one of 500 VIPs, celebrity activists, policy, business and Indigenous leaders, global experts, heads of UN and international agencies, youth or join online with tens of thousands around the world participating in the Digital Edition. If you would like to host a session, please email them at j.colmey@cgiar.org.
 
In the meantime, fill out this survey to help shape the Decade and ensure its inclusivity.
 
Attend the Global Landscapes Forum in NYC
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Deadline: 31 July
 

The Lab is seeking a top level sustainable finance professional for the role of Finance Lead. This position will lead the financing elements of sustainable landscapes for the Lab. They will focus primarily on private finance though will need competence in integrating with public sector donors and program design.
 
The role will include strategy development and delivery, finance elements of Lab business model development, investor outreach, bankable project and incubator development, fund structuring, training and coordination with landscape teams, management of a small team of specialists and advisors, development of technical and research reports, engagement with industry and policy bodies and coordination with partners who are engaged in the landscape finance sector.
 
Please click on the JD attached for information and feel free to share to your contacts.
 
Application period: 31 May 2019
First round interviews: w/c 10th June
Position starting: 01 July 2019
 

This free, seven-week MOOC will provide you with the tools to assess the policy, institutional, and economic context for biodiversity finance; conduct a financial needs assessment to achieve a country’s biodiversity goals; and develop a biodiversity finance plan that identifies the most suitable finance solutions.

This course will teach you how to develop financially sound and politically feasible biodiversity finance plans. The course is aimed at conservation planning and biodiversity finance practitioners and policymakers, but is open to anyone.

 Course starts: 15 April 2019
 Course ends: 31 May 2019
 Duration: 7 Weeks
 Estimated effort: 2 hours/week (required materials)
 Languages: English | French | Spanish | Russian

In the heart of the Congo Basin, the Tri-National Dja-Odzala-Minkebe (TRIDOM) Landscape covers nearly 10% of the rainforests (178,000 km²) in Cameroon, Gabon, and Congo-Brazzaville, and currently includes 11 protected areas (in total 42,319 km² or 24% of TRIDOM). This Landscape is one of the priority Landscape for WWF because it holds the largest elephant population in the Congo Basin (estimated at up to 40,000, though rapidly declining) and harbors most of the biodiversity typically found in central Africa’s rainforests, including both western gorillas and central chimpanzees (estimated at up to 140,000). TRIDOM has only some 250,000 inhabitants (typically 1 inh/km² average density) including an estimated 10,000 Baka indigenous people.

WWF is currently recruiting for the following positions contributing to the TRIDOM programme. See below for more details: 

  • ToR for the TRIDOM Landscape Finance Coordinator available here.
  • ToR for the TRIDOM Deputy Landscape Leader – Network Coordination available here.
  • ToR for the Consultancy Assessment of financial flows in the TRIDOM landscape available here.
  • T0R for the Forest Programme Coordinator Gabon available here

 

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 15, 2017! Learn more about our eligibility requirements on our website: https://www.worldwildlife.org/projects/reforestation-grants

WWF Impact Ventures 2017 invites those interested in developing conservation solutions to attract new sources of funding to apply for their new cohort round. 

Do you have an idea or project that could be a viable conservation business?
Are there people in your network with the entrepreneurial mindset to run an impact business?

WWF Impact Ventures is an acceleration, capacity building & access to investment platform launched by WWF Switzerland, in collaboration with WWF Netherlands. The platform draws on a wealth of knowledge and experience within our network to create market-based solutions to address persistent socio-ecological challenges.

Now in its fourth year, the platform has helped WWF colleagues develop ideas into sound business models. Their capacity building and acceleration program is run by experts in business development and venture capital. WWF Impact Ventures currently have a pool of 12 investable ventures and over USD 3.5 million of investment has already been committed by WWF Switzerland, Netherlands and external investors.

Please visit the WWF Impact Venture website for a complete description of the program and conditions for participation.

The deadline to apply is 15 March 2017 and the program will run between April and November 2017.

Zamir Islamshah recently joined WWF as a Senior Manager to grow the Impact Ventures platform and to support and scale individual ventures. If you have any questions about the program or the application process, please contact him directly at zamir.islamshah@wwf.ch

And of course, we welcome you to recommend others who may be interested and to spread this opportunity within your NO/PO. 

Enhancing Access to Finance, Technology, Knowledge and Markets

13-15 MARCH 2017, JAKARTA, INDONESIA

Asia is home to 4 billion people and the region faces some of the biggest and toughest challenges, such as hunger, poverty, malnutrition, gender inequality and the adverse impacts of climate change, to name just a few.

The 4th Responsible Business Forum on Food & Agriculture will convene over 450 decision makers from business, government, investors, the development community and farmers to establish innovative and collaborative approaches to achieving food and nutrition security in Asia.

Delegates will produce actionable recommendations for enhancing farmer access to finance, technology, knowledge and markets across seven commodities focusing on agricultural sustainability, product innovation, food safety and collaboration along the food chain holistically. 

Agenda attached 

RSVP

Hosted by Conservation International the workshop will be co-organized with Climate, Community & Biodiversity Alliance, Global Canopy Programme and Earth Innovation Institute. It aims to support scaling up of investments in sustainable landscapes by developing a better understanding of what a sustainable jurisdiction/landscape approach entails, of the investment/ commodity opportunities in sustainable jurisdictions and how new information tools and platforms can support investment in sustainable landscapes.  

The workshop will enable exchanges between investors, commodity companies, governments and NGOs about concrete investment and commodity sourcing examples/opportunities in jurisdictions that are making progress on a sustainable landscapes approach, including examples of existing investments and also opportunities where landscape actors are seeking investment or sourcing partnerships. 

Participants will also review and provide feedback on a range of new tools and information platforms that aim to support investment and commodity sourcing in sustainable landscapes. 

Contact - Cécile SchneiderManager, European Policy, Conservation International Europe

More details at: https://olc.worldbank.org/content/landscape-approach-101-facilitated

The Landscape Approach is increasingly recognized as an effective mean to address challenges in climate change, food security, and ecosystem conservation. Landscape Approach emphasizes integrated actions across boundaries, sectors and land uses. This e-course explains the key concepts and features of landscape approach, governance, presents useful tools that can be applied in design and implementation of landscape interventions, and illustrates best practices. It includes 4 modules, and requires 4-5 hours of online learning.

Topics: Agriculture and Food Security, Climate Change, Forests, Land and Housing, Livestock, Watersheds

Regions: Africa, East Asia and Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America & Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, Other, South Asia

GP/CCSA: Agriculture, Environment & Natural Resources, Water

  • Event Date: February 27th, 2017 - March 10th, 2017, 00:00 - 00:00
  • Location: Virtual
  • Time Commitment: 30:00

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