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As essential reading we'd recommend starting with the 1) Little Book of Sustainable Landscapes, 2) Landscape Elements resource, Ecoagriculture Partners' 3) Business for Sustainable Landscapes report, and 4) The 4 Returns Framework for landscape restoration



Join over 90 participants signed up to the learning challenge that sets the scene for holistic landscape restoration, introduces the concepts around natural capital and valuation of ecosystem services with real life examples, concluding with a masterclass introducing landscape finance. 

You can follow the remaining activities at this link here or attend stand alone sessions (registration links below) 

Remaining activities

30 June Intro to natural capital (11 mins)

Watch a short video activity to introduce the concept of natural capital and how this affects the way we value nature. Open to all.

5 July Ask me anything (45mins)

Here we invite you to ask your burning questions on Natural Capital on the live discussion space on Crowdicity where guests experts will be invited to respond. Open to all.

7 July Intro to valuation of ecosystem services (15 mins)

This is another short video introducing the key concepts around valuing ecosystem services.

12 July Deep dive, 1pm CET (60 mins)

This session will feature a case study from Nature Scot on their experience with valuation of ecosystem services within the Flow Country landscape in Scotland. Following the presentation you will have a chance to ask questions and also join a discussion with peers to share your experiences and lessons. (REGISTER HERE)

14 July Masterclass, 12pm - 2:30pm CET (120 mins)

This session will bring together the concepts introduced throughout the learning challenge such as a holistic landscape approach and highlight what is needed (e.g. governance, landscape partnerships) and how you would value these to finance the system. 

Take aways

  • an understanding of the fundamentals of landscape finance 
  • a brief introduction to the concept of blended finance 
  • an overview of how different finance mechanisms play a role in a landscape. 


3 learning sessions on forest and landscape restoration and conservation finance to look out for this week (one starts today!):

13 - 15th July Conservation Finance Bootmcamp

15th July Fireside chat on FLR finance opportunities and experience

15th July (and then once a month till 10 March 2022) - FLR in Practice learning series

Are you hosting sessions that you would like to share? Post directly in the Updates section above or email to granted the admin rights

On 4th June partners Landscape Finance Lab, Commonland and Wetlands International launched a new report "the 4 Returns Framework for Landscape Restoration" 

You can access the report here 

In January 2021, over 50 countries committed to set aside at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans in protected and conserved areas by 2030.  The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration  is promoting an optimistic message that we can restore much of what has been lost.  

To succeed we must work at scale with a holistic lens, tackling underlying causes of degradation and delivering sustainable livelihoods so that impact can last for generations. 


The 4 Returns Framework for landscape restoration described in this report is a practical tested system- change framework that can be used by stakeholders to undertake a landscape approach. The framework seeks to balance competing stakeholder demands in a mosaic of different management approaches and business cases, to supply a full range of inspirational, natural, social and economic returns. It is a valuable tool to achieve the goals of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to restore the ecosystems of our planet, and heal our relationship with nature.

The report offers examples from India, Fiji and Spain to demonstrate these principles in practice. ‘Use cases’ explain what this means for governments, communities, and the business and finance sectors.


Our Director Paul Chatterton will be joining many other friends and partners at the Forestry and Agriculture Investment Summit this week.  With keynote at 0900 CET on Wednesday, Paul will talk about:

- why projects are out and landscapes are in;
- why finance needs to think like ecosystems;
- and how impact measurement systems are starting to think at a larger scale.

This is shaping up to be a great conference - see the full programme and register here

#agriculture #sustainability #climatechange #environment #circulareconomy #renewableenergy #finance #investment

Spotlight on Indonesia

Driving Good Water Stewardship in Landscape and Jurisdictional Approaches in Palm Oil and Natural Rubber 

30 March 2021, 09:00 BST / 15:00 Jakarta

Registration and local timings: 

AWS is proud to lead the ISEAL Innovations Fund project: ‘Boosting sustainability practice and performance at the landscape level through good water stewardship’ (2020- 2022), supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

Driven by the intrinsic principles of the AWS Standard to work at the catchment scale, this action learning project brings together two globally traded commodities (palm oil and natural rubber) to explore practical means to strengthen the inclusion and uptake of good water stewardship using landscape and jurisdictional approaches.

This webinar is aimed at those with an interest in landscape and jurisdictional approaches, particularly in agriculture.

Please note, all of our upcoming webinars can be found on the AWS Website.


The upcoming webinar will conclude the current series on finance to support FLR with a focus on sustainable businesses for FLR. It will introduce a new guidance to help practitioners develop bankable business plans that support landscape restoration. Through a practitioners lens, speakers will provide examples of success on the ground to support FLR, including challenges faced and long-term outcomes.

Specifically, it aims to share experience and lessons learned on some of the key steps in developing bankable businesses with a focus on:
- Key design elements to consider when developing a business case
- The challenges in early stage finance/ investment to develop business cases
- Opportunities and risks associated with sustainable business focused on restoration
- Real life example(s) of bankable projects

The session will be also support exchange of member experiences and lessons learned on bankable projects within the online Community of Practice with the working title, “Finance for Forest and Landscape Restoration”. Join the discussion via dgroups here


Marco Boscolo, Forestry Officer, UN FAO
Marco Boscolo is a Forestry Officer in the Forest Governance and Economics team. He is currently working on inclusive and sustainable forest value chains, inclusive finance, and community concessions as conservation and development policy instruments.

Keiron Brand, Bankable Initiatives Adviser (WWF)
Keiron has a Finance and Economics education and has performed many functions spanning Pricing Strategy, IT Rollouts, Change Management and many process optimisation roles. He left the corporate world to focus on bringing business strategy and financial knowledge to the non-profit and impact industry and joined WWF to help scale the bankable project model.


Thursday 12th November

11:00am ET / 4pm CET / 11pm SGT.

UNEP, WWF, The Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT, and IPES-FOOD will host a webinar to present the recommendations from the report Enhancing Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for Food Systems and discuss the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration and explain the interlinkages between food systems approaches and climate change mitigation and adaptation.

The webinar is part of a Series of webinars on Food Systems Approach in Practice promoted by the One Planet Network Sustainable Food Systems Programme (SFS Programme), a global multi-stakeholder platform to support countries in the transition towards sustainable food systems.

Speakers include: 

  • Ana Maria Loboguerrero, Research Director, Climate Action, Alliance of Bioversity International and CIAT
  • Martina Fleckenstein, Global Policy Manager Food, WWF International
  • Chantal Clément, Deputy Director, International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems, IPES-Food
  • Agripina Jenkins, Adviser to the Climate Change Directorate of Costa Rica
  • David Dessers, City Counselor, Deputy Mayor of Leuven, Belgium, in charge of climate, sustainability, agriculture and consumption

More information on the agenda can be found here.

Register here 

La FAO et le WWF Landscape Finance Lab sont heureux de vous inviter à participer au nouveau forum d’échange des connaissances en ligne intitulé: « Valorisation des services écosystémiques pour le soutien au financement et à la mise en œuvre de la restauration des forêts et des paysages (RFP) ». Le webinaire aura lieu le lundi 15 juin 2020 à 10 h BST (11 h CET). 

Le prochain webinaire se concentrera sur la valorisation des services écosystémiques et s’inscrira dans la série de webinaires en cours sur la thématique du financement en soutien à la RFP. Y seront présentés le rôle et l’utilisation des différentes méthodes de valorisation appuyant le financement et la planification de la RFP.

L’objectif sera d’échanger sur son expérience et sur les leçons qu’on a retenues à propos du rôle et de l’utilisation de la valorisation des services écosystémiques dans le soutien le financement et la mise en œuvre de la RFP, en mettant l’accent sur les questions suivantes: 

  • Comment établir un lien entre un écosystème donné et les biens et services qu’il peut fournir et comment évaluer la valeur qu’attribuent les habitants dudit paysage à ces biens et services?
  • Quelles sont les différentes méthodes pouvant être utilisées pour valoriser les services écosystémiques?
  • Quels sont les défis qui attendent les utilisateurs de ces méthodes?
  • Comment intégrer la valorisation des services écosystémiques dans les politiques publiques pour que la priorité soit axée sur la mise en œuvre de projets bancables permettant des financements supplémentaires?


Martin Burian, Consultant pour le développement bas carbone, GFA Invest
Prof. Mohamed Qarro, Ecole Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieurs de Salé Maroc

Soutenir l’échange d’expérience à propos de la méthode de valorisation parmi les membres de la Communauté de pratique en ligne intitulée « Le financement pour la restauration des forêts et des paysages ». Le webinaire est en français et sera accompagné d’une discussion en ligne facilitée de deux semaines à partir du lundi 1er juin 2020. 

Cet événement virtuel sera organisé sur Zoom. Inscrivez-vous ici!

This webinar will be hosted in French 

26 March 2020, 10AM CET

FAO and the WWF Landscape Finance Lab are happy to invite all to the new online knowledge-sharing forum: “Payments for Ecosystem Services to support Forest and Landscape Restoration.”

This webinar will introduce the key principles and concept of PES and its role in providing finance for FLR impact on the ground. Through a practitioners’ lens, speakers will share examples of PES implementation to support FLR outcomes. Key roles for different landscape actors and stakeholders in designing and implementing PES will be discussed, together with the opportunities and risks associated with PES.

The webinar is part of a series on finance to support FLR within the Community of Practice (CoP) for Local Finance for Forest and Landscape Restoration. This CoP aims to support the exchange of experiences between members, and build capacity and a network for practitioners to finance the implementation of FLR on the ground at landscape level.

An online discussion will kick off on 12 March 2020 and last for two weeks after the webinar. Questions for speakers are welcome as well as sharing of your own experiences with implementing PES on the ground.

Please connect online to the CoP to join the discussions.

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom. Register here!

Meet the speakers

Dr Beria Leimona, Senior Expert Landscape Governance and Finance at ICRAF
Dr Pham Thu Thuy, Senior Scientist at CIFOR

Dr Beria Leimona

Dr Leimona is Senior Expert on Landscape Governance and Investment based in the World Agroforestry (ICRAF) Southeast Asia in Indonesia.
She is leading the Cluster of Activity Global Learning Landscape of CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry. She is a resource person for the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry for developing national guidelines and policy reviews. At the global level, Dr Leimona is a member of the Executive Steering Committee of the Ecosystem Services Partnership Network, a lead author for the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and an Associate Editor with Ecosystem Services Journal of Elsevier.


Dr. Pham Thu Thuy

Dr Thuy is currently a Senior Scientist and Country Representative of CIFOR in Vietnam. At CIFOR her research has focused on political economy of forest governance and climate change policies. 

Thuy obtained her first class of Honor on Environmental Management/Tropical Forestry in University of Queensland, Australia and received her PhD in Pro-poor Payments for Environmental Services from Charles Darwin University, Australia. Thuy has also worked in the field of climate change policies, lower emission development strategy, payment for environmental services, reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation, poverty and environmental nexus, social safeguards, community based forest management and mainstreaming gender into national forestry policies. Before joining CIFOR, she has worked as a consultant for Asian Development Bank, World Agroforestry Center, Oxfam UK, The Stockholm Environment Institute, Forest Trends, and The University of Queensland.


WWF Landscape Finance Lab and UN FAO are collaborating on a series of webinars sharing key methods, resources and case studies on using local finance mechanisms for FLR and Integrated landscape management.

Thursday November 7, at 13:00 CET, 90mins

This first webinar in the new series will highlight methods and approaches to value ecosystem services. Through a practitioners lens speakers will showcase methods that can support FLR, impact policy including the challenges involved.

Key takeaways

- Understand the purpose of valuing ecosystem services
- Learn how this can be applied to support financing of FLR and ILM
- An introduction to methods that can be used to value ecosystem services
- Learn about challenges in using these approaches
- Explore how valuation can support decision making and implementation of FLR on the ground

About the speakers

William Speller, UNEP, Programme Officer
William is a development and agricultural economist with a decade of experience in public policy, advising governments on national development and agricultural strategies, and environmental policy frameworks. He has also worked at United Nations Conference for Trade and Development, the World Bank Group, the International Institute for Sustainable Development and the Bank of England.

William will examples of TEEB’s approach to valuation of ecosystem services.

Dr Luke Brander, Independant
Luke Brander is an environmental economist with over 19 years experience in applied research. Luke is currently holds a part-time positions at the Institute for Environmental Studies, VU University Amsterdam as a Senior Researcher; and at the Faculty of Social Science, University of Hong Kong, as an Honorary Associate Professor.

On-going and recent projects include the valuation of forest and watershed services in Sarawak for WWF Malaysia; Cost-Benefit Analysis of landscape restoration options in Cambodia for IUCN and FAO; the valuation of mangroves and urban ponds for ecosystem based adaptation to climate change in Hue, Vietnam; and the valuation of terrestrial protected areas in Peninsular Malaysia for UNDP. He has been closely involved with The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) initiative and led the ASEAN TEEB scoping study.

RSVP here 

Register in advance for this meeting on the link above
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

We invite you to a webinar sharing landscape lessons with the team at Grounded. Based on the experience of working in three landscapes specifically, join us for this informative session with Gijs Boer and Stephie Mendelsohn. 

Grounded's mission 

To bring quality agricultural products to market that have been harvested from healthy landscapes by the thriving farmers that we partner with and to enable consumers to invest in this process.

 About Gijs
Gijs is a co-director of Grounded. He has a strong financial background and helps the team with building business models and structuring investments. Gijs is very passionate about agriculture and has spent years travelling the world talking and learning from farmers.

About Stephie 
Stephie is Grounded in Zambia, where she will develop markets with, and for farmers in the Simalaha Conservancy. She is committed to understanding and improving livelihoods and socio-ecological processes across Southern Africa. 

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Innovation Forum are hosting a complimentary webinar: ‘Money talks: How financial institutions are driving sustainable landscapes and commodities’

Through an hour’s interactive discussion, they will assess how financial institutions are promoting sustainable commodity supply chains, with experts from ABN AMROInvesco and M&G Investments.

You can sign up here.


The webinar will take place on 8th August at 14.00-15.00 BST.

If you can’t make the time, sign up anyway and we’ll be sure to send you a recording.

Over the past decade, sustainable and impact investing has grown from a niche form of financing to being implemented by practically every major financial institution. 

Companies such as COFCO and Wilmar have secured substantial loans tied to their sustainability efforts. Similarly, BNP Paribas announced it would use $10 billion in capital by 2025 for projects that are committed to improving social and environmental impact in developing countries. The World Bank also recently doubled its five-year climate investments to around US$200 billion.

Speakers will discuss:

  • Has sustainability finally started to take centre stage within financial institutions?
  • What type of information, metrics, targets and KPIs are investors seeking?
  • Which sustainable financing options are now available?
  • How are investors factoring climate impacts into their decision making?


  • Dick Ligthart, associate director - green, social and sustainability bonds, ABN AMRO
  • Maria Lombardo, head of responsible investment EMEA, Invesco
  • Anita McBain, head of responsible investment and ESG, M&G Investments

Moderated by Tobias Webb, founder, Innovation Forum

There will be a live Q&A throughout so you will have the opportunity to post your questions directly to the speakers.

Once again, you can register for the webinar here.

Lessons from the field

Thursday 20th June  
2pm CET (Register)

FAO and the Landscape Finance Lab are happy to share the new date for the showcase webinar sharing case studies from teams working on Forest Landscape Restoration. Speakers will illustrate how different investment mechanisms and strategies have been used to provide blended funding sources to support local stakeholders engaged.

This virtual event will be hosted on Zoom.
Once registered below, please create a free account here. We recommend you do this a few days before the webinar to ensure timely participation on the day. 

Click here to register for the event
Raphaele Deau
Markets Lead at the Landscape Finance Lab (LFL)

Raphaele will share the collaboration framework of the GCLP, a landscape program aimed to restore and conserve forests through sustainable cocoa production in Cameroon.
Fred Kihara
Nairobi Water Fund Manager at the Nature Conservancy (TNC)

Fred will speak about the first water fund in Africa and how this innovative mechanism enables public and private investment fund land-conservation measures upstream. The team is exploring how to spread this approach in other regions.
Pauline Nantongo Kalunda
Executive Director of ECOTRUST

Pauline will speak about Trees for Global Benefits which is one of the most successful community-based carbon trading schemes with more than 2500 households receiving payments for their credits.  

We invite you to join the online discussion before and following the event via LinkedIn, click here to share cases, ideas and advice. This will be a great space to share questions for the event.

Fiji has been identified to have some of the world’s most resilient coral reefs. Building on the amazing work of the Great Sea Reef Programme, a three day workshop to develop a Green Climate Fund concept and the Fijian component of the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative was held in Suva.

The workshop brought together community and government representatives, conservation and private partners as well as technical experts to discuss innovative strategies that would respond to climate change challenges faced by communities along the GSR.

This comes on top of the Fiji Investment Partnership, which is the WWF Pacific, the Landscape Finance Lab, Earth Care Agency and Ikigai Advisors are working together on an initiative that aims to increase return on investment for developing and implementing finance mechanisms for small-scale community managed marine areas.

Here's to Fiji's continued success this year!

 The Landscape Standard team would like to invite you to attend the webinar: ‘How will the Landscape Standard catalyse sustainability at scale?’.  They will explain the ambition of this new initiative and how it can help businesses, investors and governments reliant on natural resources to assess and mitigate landscape scale risks and credibly communicate impact at scale. The team will also provide updates on progress to date and offer plenty of opportunity for discussion.

There are two one-hour discussions on Thursday, 7th March at 8:00 AM GMT (Asia & Europe) and 3:00 PM GMT (Europe & Americas).

Please sign up to join the webinars: 

Register here for Asia/Europe time zone
Register here for Europe/Americas time zone

If you are keen to learn more but unavailable at these times, please do join our mailing list here to receive future updates


What is the Landscape Standard?

The Landscape Standard (LS) provides a scientifically rigorous yet practical set of principles, criteria, and indicators to assess the state and trajectory of sustainability within a landscape – which could be a jurisdiction, watershed, or eco-region. A system for verifying outcomes will enable consistent and credible communication of impact. Producers, governments, businesses, and investors can use the LS to track and demonstrate progress towards landscape-scale sustainability commitments. The LS can also help businesses to understand the sustainability risks and opportunities associated with sourcing from or investing in a particular landscape. By providing credible performance data to inform sourcing and investment decisions, the LS links market incentives to ongoing improvements in sustainability performance at the landscape level, motivating stakeholders to work together towards improved landscape sustainability.


CFN is hosting their 13th annual Conservation Finance Boot Camp in June 24-28th, 2019, at Portland State University in Portland, OR. The Boot Camp is a week-long, intensive training course to help mid-career professionals utilize innovative and effective financing strategies for land and resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship. 

The application for the 2019 Boot Camp will be open from January 15th – February 15th, 2019. Each year, their Boot Camp accepts 30 participants. Review questions on the sample application HERE and prepare your answers ahead of time before filling out the live application form below. It is best to type out your responses to the essay questions in a separate document and copy and paste them into the application form.


For more information on applying to the Boot Camp you can refer to their frequently asked questions HERE

Landscape Finance: Investing in Innovation for Sustainable Landscapes

Wageningen University & Research launched a Landscape Academy series on edX in 2018. The next installment in this series focuses on landscape finance and is free to participate. 

Dates: Tue 12 February 2019 until Thu 23 May 2019

You’ll hear from financial experts about their experiences with stimulating investments. You will learn about multi-sector, multi-stakeholder investments that manage and affect multiple landscape functions

Click here to enroll 

There are two other subjects available in the series: 

Our friends at Commonland are proud to announce their new MOOC on Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration. Here at the Lab we provided interviews and case studies along with many others so it should be a fantastic comprehensive course. 

You can enroll on Coursera or watch this great Teaser Video for a sneak preview! 

ENABLE Consortium opens registration for MOOC: Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration

The European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education (ENABLE) has created its second MOOC: Business Model Innovation for Sustainable Landscape Restoration. In the MOOC, participants are encouraged to go through the business model innovation process in groups of their choice. The ENABLE project is a partnership of organisations in the private, public and non-profit sector, and is co-led by Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) and Commonland Foundation. Subscribing to this free online course starts on Wednesday 5 December, World Soil Day. The MOOC will launch on 14February 2019.

Worsening land degradation caused by human activities is undermining the well-being of two-fifths of humanity, driving species extinctions and intensifying climate change (source: IPBES).But there’s a huge potential for restoring landscapes: around two billion hectares of land, about two times the size of China, can be restored. This free online course aims to equip learners from environmental, business or other backgrounds with practical business tools and insights to restore landscapes.

Four returns

Over the past months, researchers, professors, practitioners and project members of ENABLE’s strategic partnership have developed a course on business model innovation for sustainable landscape restoration.The MOOC moves the participants from ideas towards the successful implementation of a new business model for sustainable landscape restoration with four returns: return of natural and social capital, return of inspiration and return of financial capital. Each step of the process is illustrated with three real-life cases of landscape restoration in Spain, Iceland and Portugal. Other landscapes and examples from all over the world are introduced as well.

Business Model Innovation

his new MOOC builds upon ENABLE’s first MOOC, setting focus on the potential for a positive role of business model innovation for landscape restoration, highlighting the following elements:vision formulation, systems analysis, stakeholder analysis, opportunity analysis, business model design, solution validation, assessment and monitoring, and reflection and iteration.

The Commonland Science & Education team has co-designed this new MOOC and contributed to the coordination, script writing and recordings. RSM faculty members who contributed are Dr Steve Kennedy, Prof Rob van Tulder, Prof Dirk van Dierendonck, and Prof Dirk Schoenmaker. Further parties who contributed to the MOOC are WWF’s Landscape Finance Lab, the Natural Capital Coalition (NCC), Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), IDH, Grounded and 4 returns Partners.

Registration for the new online course opens on World Soil Day, on 5 December 2018, allowing learners to sign up and form groups. On 14 February 2019, learners can start working on solutions for landscape degradation – one of the biggest challenges of our time. For more information, see the ENABLE website, and its Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn pages.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is hosting a knowledge-sharing forum:

the “Forest and landscape restoration: Participatory approaches and monitoring” is taking place online from 17 May to 5 June 2018.

Enrol now and join the webinar on Wednesday 23 May from 15:30 to 17:00 (UTC + 2/ CEST–Rome, convert time).

The webinar will include presentations by: Mchich Derak, Regional Directorate for Water and Forests of the Rif, Morocco and Manuel Guariguata, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), Peru.

This knowledge-sharing forum aims to answer the following questions:

  1. Why is it important for the implementation and success of restoration activities that the relevant stakeholders participate?
  2. What is the added value of using participatory approaches?
  3. How can local populations and other key stakeholders best be engaged during the entire FLR process? How can the conditions that enable participation be created?
  4. What are the key social aspects to be considered in FLR monitoring? What are the main lessons learned from monitoring social aspects of the FLR processes?

Register for the webinar and the facilitated discussion:

The forum is intended for the practitioners of Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR), in particular for the national focal points on FLR, those working on planning and monitoring FLR activities, including civil society organizations, academia and the private sector working with communities on FLR implementation.

Click here for more information on the forum.

Read the forum’s concept note.

Read more here about how to participate.

WEBINAR - Mobilizing Institutional Capital at Scale: Five Considerations for Blended Finance

Wednesday, February 7, 9:00-10:00AM EST

Convergence is offering an exclusive webinar to Investment Network members to unpack findings and key takeaways of our new report ‘Who is the Private Sector? Key Considerations for Mobilizing Institutional Capital through Blended Finance’.

The report analyzes the unique investment preferences and regulatory conditions of different institutional investor segments and identifies the likelihood of each segment to participate in blended finance. While institutional investors are often mistakenly treated as homogenous, they represent a diverse group of financial investors, operating with different mandates, constraints, and risk-adjusted return preferences. For development practitioners and Global Goal advocates, there is great value in better understanding the unique investment preferences and regulatory conditions of different institutional investor segments.

The webinar will identify five key considerations for engaging institutional investors in blended finance and recommend next steps for improved alignment between development financiers and institutional investors. An expert panel featuring Business & Sustainable Development Commission, Credit Suisse, and Tideline will provide commentary on the report’s findings and implications.


Deesha Chandra
Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin)
Jan 15, 2018

24th January 4pm CET/ 10am ET | WWF Forest and Climate online REDD+ Learning Session 

Topic: How the BioCarbon Fund will pilot results-based payments for landscapes

When: Wednesday, January 24 at 10:00 ET/16:00 CET

WhatThe BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes (ISFL) is a multilateral fund that promotes reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector. Late last year, the ISFL launched a first-of-its-kind comprehensive landscape greenhouse gas accounting approach that countries can use to access results-based payments from the fund and test approaches to account for emission reductions from landscapes involving forests, agriculture, and other relevant sectors that affect land use. This accounting framework is known as the ISFL Emission Reductions Program Requirements.

In this learning session, Marco van der Linden from the World Bank will highlight the objectives of the fund and walk participants through these ISFL Emission Reductions Program Requirements.

A Q+A will follow the presentation.


This is a free, open event.


16th January 10am CET | Webinar

Topic: Land use planning instruments for securing ecological corridors

This is a good opportunity to share around good practices related to conservation initiatives, more precisely  land use planning as a tool in conservation in WWF regions.

Webinar agenda includes:

Presentation of WWF CEE strategy with focus on connectivity ( 10 min, Irene Lucius, Head of Conservation WWF DCP)

Presentation of the DCPO/CEE context regarding protected areas and ecological connectivity issues (20 min, Cristian Papp, wildlife and landscape coordinator WWF RO):

-       Threats/connectivity gaps in the region/national level (CEE and Romania)

-       examples of work in the region for securing connectivity (CEE and Romania)

Maramures case study ( 20 min, Anda Puscas, project manager Maramures,  WWF RO)

-       Maramures PCA and connectivity

-       resume of June 2017 land use workshop and major findings

Case studies: success stories of land use instruments for environmental protection in the field

-       Belgium (20 min. Francois Laviolette DGO3- Department of Nature and Forestry Walloon region)

-       Spain (15 min, Gema Rodriguez, Programme Officer for Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation, WWF Spain


Deesha Chandra
Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin)
Nov 3, 2017

As everyone is gearing up for the COP (or may be just some of us) we share some events that LFL members will be hosting or speaking at so that you may connect offline.  


DATE Wednesday 8th November, 15:30-16:30

VENUE UK Pavilion

Description: Tropical forests are critical for achieving the ambition set out in the Paris Agreement on climate change.  However, the transition needed to halve emissions from the forest sector is estimated to cost US$17-33bn per year.  To-date, less than $3bn has been deposited into funds for reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+), leaving a sizable funding gap.  Whilst private sector investment in REDD+ is only on a small scale, the opportunity is considerable: it is estimated that the reallocation of just 1% of new and reinvested capital from the private sector investor segments would be enough to meet the conservation financing gap.  As the GCF sets up its new $500m pilot programme for REDD+ and the FCPF begins to sign its first contracts for REDD+ results based payments, this panel event looks to reflect on the successes and failures in engaging the private sector to-date and to chart a way forward for leveraging private sector investment in REDD+.

Panel chaired by Margaret-Ann Splawn - CMIA

·        PwC: Roberta Iley

·        Wildlife Works: Mike Korchinsky

·        Baker McKenzie Martijn Wilder

·        Ghana Forestry Commission: Yaw Kwakye




DATE Saturday 11th November, 15:45-16:45 

VENUE Fiji Pavilion 

Description: Finance flows to forest conservation, and specifically Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+), need to scale up significantly in order to deliver the ambition stated in the Paris Agreement.  However, private sector investors and civil society remain confused by the complexity around different REDD+ frameworks and approaches; concerned about the robustness of its environmental and social outcomes; and unconvinced that developing nations have the capacity to deliver it.  A new paper from PwC sets out a vision for building trust in REDD+ among investors.  Specifically, it explores what we can learn from the financial accounting system, a key tool for maintaining the confidence of investors in mainstream capital markets. The panel will build on the messages from this paper to explore transformative solutions to building trust in REDD+. 

Panel chaired by Margaret-Ann Splawn - CMIA

·        The Nature Conservancy: Christopher Webb

·        PwC/ Climate Knowledge Development Network: Christina Elvers

·        Costa Rica: Javier Fernández

·        Uganda: Xavier Mugumya

·        Althelia Ecosphere: Lisa Walker


SUSTAINING FIJI'S GREAT SEA REEF (GSR) - An integrated response to build resilience of Fiji's Land, People and Oceans. (10 year program, USD 100 million blended investment (flyer attached)

DATE 13 November

VENUE Fiji Pavilion, Bonn Zone 12:00 - 13:00 (lunch will be provided)

Description: Join the Fiji Government and WWF over lunch to discuss the proposed GSR program which will build upon and scale 20 years of results from WWF and its partners.

An "ecosystem based adaptation" approach ensures no one part of an ecosystem is treated in isolation and is co-designed with a diverse range of stakeholders.

This ambitious project will work with communities, industries, and government authorities to develop a comprehensive and integrated "summit-to-seabed" program and employ a range of multi-sectoral approaches to improve the resilience of coastal communities and address land-based impacts.


DATE 14 November, 2017 
VENUE #PANDAHUB, Bonn Zone, COP23 – see full program of WWF events at  
10:00-11.15, Session 1: Aligning Financial Portfolios - investor’s strategies and tools to manage climate risks & opportunities 
 Chris Weber, WWF 
 Stan Dupré, 2 Degrees Investing Initiative 
 Simone Ruiz-Vergote, Allianz Climate Solutions 
 Sagarika Chatterjee, UNPRI 
13:00-14.30, Lunch session: Innovative Financing Models for the transition to a climate-resilient future 
 Paul Chatterton, WWF 
 Justine Leigh-Bell, Climate Bonds Initiative 
 James Alexander, C40 Cities Financing Facility 
 Björn Bergstrand, Kommuninvest - recipient of UNFCCC’s Momentum for Change Climate Solutions Award 2017 
15:00-16.15, Session 2: Policies and Standards for Driving the Shift of Financial Flows
 Andrea Marandino, WWF 
 Michael Wilkins, S&P Global Ratings 
 Steve Waygood, Aviva Investors 
 Remco Fischer, UNEP Finance Initiative 
 Massamba Thioye, UNFCCC (tbc) 
 Diann Black-Layne, Green Climate Fund (tbc)  


Just wanted you to be aware of the first MOOC (massive online open course) Landscape Restoration for Sustainable Development: a Business Approach, the first offer of the so-called ENABLE consortium and an initiative from Commonland.

Landscape restoration and management has grown dramatically recently, and that its fundamental importance for many publically debated topics such as climate change, water and food security, poverty and migration is increasingly acknowledged. However, in order to further build momentum and scale-up the restoration of degraded landscapes it is vital that the business and finance communities participate in current and future efforts.

Therefore, Commonland, together with the Rotterdam School of Management, Estoril Conferences, CSIC and UN's Land Restoration Training Programme and co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the EU, has taken the initiative to develop an online course specifically geared towards the nexus of landscapes and business. The consortium, known as ENABLE  - the European Network for the Advancement of Business and Landscape Education - aims to educate the next generation of business leaders with an ecosystems' view, ready to include landscape-related issues in their decision-making processes, thus making businesses more sustainable and a force for good. This online course is the consortium's first offering and we are humbled to say that Commonland's 4 returns-framework and zoning approach are an integral part of the curriculum.


The registration for the course is open on 1 May and we invite you to take a look, share it with friends and colleagues or even participate yourself!

You can find more details about this MOOC on this website <> and you will find more information and how you can participate.

Hope you enjoy it please share it in your networks.


Willem Ferwerda <>

CEO, Executive Fellow Business & Ecosystems - Rotterdam School of Management-Erasmus University Chair Thematic Group Business and Ecosystem Management - IUCN CEM

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