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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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The Conservation Finance Alliance Incubator seeks to identify, support and promote innovative ideas and solutions to conservation finance challenges that have significant positive conservation impacts. Innovation is essential to identify and develop conservation finance solutions and is especially urgent given the emerging Global Biodiversity Framework and 30x30 ambitions.  This round of virtual incubation will identify and support five concurrent projects for 9 months. Support will be in the form of small grants and mentorship by CFA members.

The Open Call for Proposals closes on December 1st, 2021.

Two informational webinars will be held on October 20th at 11am and 9pm EST in order to cover all time zones.

Make sure to attend one of them to have all of your questions answered and to learn more about the CFA Incubator!

 See here for more information 

We want to hear from you!

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) 3 months ago

 
Dear Lab Community members, after 5 years, a decision has been made to transition the Landscape Finance Lab out of WWF to provide a better service to the community. 
 
We're grateful for our legacy and, as we make this move, we'd like to hear from you about what is most valuable, where we can assist and what changes we should make to improve our services.
 
Would you please spare a few minutes to complete this survey?
 
We're seeking feedback from a range of partners whether we're working together on a landscape, in partnership on a project or yet to collaborate formally. 
 
Your advice is of great value to us! 
 

The L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration is an impact investing fund created by L’Oréal in 2020.
 
This 50 million euro fund’s objective is to help restore over 1 million hectares of damaged marine and terrestrial ecosystems and sequester up to 20 million tons of CO2 by 2030. The funded projects will also address the needs of surrounding communities and people, thanks to the creation of hundreds of direct jobs in the field of ecological engineering and indirect jobs through the economic activities generated by the projects.
 
L'Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration Applications

Applications to the L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration will be held open from 2020 to 2023 and accepted on a rolling basis.

Eligibility: Project holders and on the ground organizations which contribute to the conservation and the regeneration of marine, coastal and forest ecosystems, generating reasonable return on investments, by aiming at sustainably valuing natural capital from forests, soil, seabed and coastal ecosystems.

Prior to applying online, please check the eligibility of your project against the L’Oréal Fund for Nature Regeneration Eligibility Criteria and with the help of the Self-Assessment Form.  

Apply here 

We hosted a discussion on Finance opportunities for Forest and Landscape Restoration with two great speakers, Esther Mutuma, Komaza and Edit Kiss, Mirova Natural Capital. We share some key takeaways to kick off further discussions. 

WATCH RECORDING

Take away summary | How investment can support finance on the ground for forest landscape restoration

  • Investment for due diligence is key:  Projects, certainly at the local level, need money, and quite a significant amount as it can take 18 - 24 months to get the early concept stage started. It involves a lot of systems building and development, proving that the concept is actually viable, which costs money.   E.g. $200K budget is a starting point to develop an early stage concept with a loan size of $5 - 10M. Some support for this comes in the form of asset facilities, accelerators and incubators such as The Restoration Factory, Landscape Finance Lab, Birdlife’s FLR Accelerator, Matanataki, IUCN’s Nature+ accelerator, Envisage Incubators to name a few. 
  • Hurdle of governance structures: Especially within some of the projects. This is a key area of investment needed to grow local ownership and build trust.  Governments  can also support this with policy related tax incentives that encourage companies and multinationals operating in a region, to kick start more projects. E.g. This would mean more uptake in companies investing in locally led initiatives to buy carbon offsets. 
  • A holistic, impact driven approach is needed:  Landscape scale impact can take time and structuring a programme with multiple revenue streams can be complicated. This might be a cause for increased interest in nature based solutions and voluntary carbon markets. There has been a flurry of capital into large, plantation type activities, which can be quite delicate around biodiversity, you want to make sure it's fully balanced and it's not just a carbon play.  While there is a big focus on bankable projects, in order to attract capital, you need finance to support and develop the proof of concept to make it bankable.  There is also an opportunity for further development in the insurance sector as projects face impacts of climate change and not enough development has happened in this sector. 
  • A call for patient investors:  Investors need to be ready to work on a programme regardless of whether returns are short or long term.  Good examples exist through development of more adaptive and flexible funds. E.g. The L’oreal fund for Nature Regeneration has been able to go in at an early stage to help structure projects by adjusting their lower ticket size to $1m instead of five. This means they can come in during the feasibility/ due diligence phase. Another example is the Kenya government’s investment in creating a tea industry over 10 years through concessions, and working with international investors. 
  • The convergence of climate and biodiversity agendas encourage blended finance:  This creates a more holistic approach. Greater engagement and support can be gained from the private sector to scale up public programmes. Public sector support is an important tool to enable the private sector to take on more risk. This is complex in itself and needs some thought to develop and can be quite burdensome at a project level. Scaling these up is perhaps a more important element to include.
  • A clear project proponent is essential for investment: Many great projects, ideas or initiatives, have an organisation create an interesting solution for a certain sector but are unable to take out the financing when it comes to that stage.  Typically, NGOs can’t deal with equity, even sometimes loans, as it feels like a risk on their balance sheet. For a carbon project it is more straightforward, as most of the structuring issues will be around land tenure. Landscape level investments, where you have multiple revenue streams the main question will be “who am I financing?”, “who is the benefit sharing with?” For this reason local entrepreneurs and parties are encouraged to think about this from the start. One of the most important key success factors is that you have local ownership. Grant driven programmes, designed by external consultants who come up with a nice business plan don't always have strong local ownership. If there's not a local entrepreneur or local NGO or somebody who's implementing it's at high risk, it's just not feasible for an investor. So this is a key starting point.

If you joined the session or watched the video - share your comments, questions, discussion starters below....

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 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conservation-finance-virtual-boot-camp-2021-tickets-157820157339?aff=ebdssbeac

15th July Fireside chat on FLR finance opportunities and experience https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_fB0REM38TyqnDyZIVu7xwA

15th July (and then once a month till 10 March 2022) - FLR in Practice learning series https://elti.yale.edu/events/forest-landscape-restoration-practice-free-webinar-series

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

The Landscape Finance Lab is inviting applications for a Asia Landscape Coordinator consultancy. 

Location:            Open, ideally Asia region
Duration:            One year renewable contract / Part-time 2.5 to 3 days by week

The Landscape Coordinator Asia will lead the development and management of the Lab portfolio of landscape programs in Asia. A particular focus will be to support the structuring of landscape programs under the Dutch Fund for Climate and Development (DFCD). 

Please see attached ToR for more detailed information.

Deadline for applications: 15 July 2021

Please send a CV and motivation letter to jobs@landscapelab.org. 

FAO and the Landscape Finance Lab are organizing an online knowledge-sharing forum focusing on the Investing in Forest and Landscape Restoration on 15 July 2021 at 12:00 CEST. This session will use a conversation format with two experts discussing the state of finance for forest and landscape restoration, including opportunities and challenges. Register here!

Speakers will discuss:

  • The opportunities and challenges of restoration finance and engaging the private sector;
  • Key elements that are attractive to investors and what this means in reality;
  • Experience and lessons learned from past investment cases;

About the speakers

Edit Kiss, Mirova Natural Capital

Edit Kiss is Investment and Development Director at Mirova. Since its launch in 2013, Edit manages the EUR100m Althelia Climate Fund, Mirova’s first pioneering climate and nature conservation fund. In addition, she is responsible for overseeing the carbon portfolio monetisation strategy through Ecosphere+, ACF’s marketing subsidiary as well leading on Mirova Natural Capital Platform’s new development activities, donor and strategic client partnerships. She is also co-chairing IETA’s Natural Climate Solutions working group.

Edit has over 15 years of experience in climate finance, carbon markets and conservation finance impact investing having worked in various financial institutions, carbon funds and renewable energy companies in London, Paris, Lugano, Rotterdam and Budapest.

Esther Mutuma, Komaza

Esther Mutuma is an avid social entrepreneur that believes in using enterprise to improve livelihoods. Her speciality is in sustainably managing social impact investments in the international development arena. Esther holds a Masters Degree in Community Development & Social Enterprise from the University of Cambridge. Esther joined Komaza in 2018 to drive the company's expansion strategy and launch value addition operations in Central Kenya. She previously served as CEO of Asante Capital EPZ and senior manager at the Standard Chartered Bank PLC.

 

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. 

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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.

 

New report, Forests for the future

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) 6 months ago

 

A new report shares the key lessons learned for the successful implementation of large-scale Forest and Landscape Restoration projects to meet global biodiversity targets by 2030.

‘Forests for the Future – Restoration Success at Landscape Scale: What will it Take and What
Have we Learned?’ comes as the United Nations kicks off the Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
which aims to meet the “Bonn Challenge” - a global target to bring 350 million hectares of
degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2030. Since the Challenge was set in 2011, 74
governments, private associations and companies have pledged more than 210 million hectares.

The report, published by the Prince Bernhard Chair for International Nature Conservation,
embedded within Utrecht University in the Netherlands and supported by WWF, showcases
insights from researchers and practitioners at the coalface of forest and ecosystem restoration
around the world on the greatest opportunities, as well as the most fundamental challenges, that
need to be addressed in the coming years.

In short:

  • The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration starts in June, aiming to restore 350 million hectares of degraded and deforested land by 2030
  • A new report, which is the culmination of work under the most recent Prince Bernhard Chair at Utrecht University, Professor Jaboury Ghazoul (2015-2020), showcases insights from researchers and practitioners at the coalface of forest and ecosystem restoration around the world.
  • They highlight some of the greatest opportunities and the greatest challenges that need to be addressed in the coming years if paper commitments are to be put into practice.
  • Building bridges between social and ecological goals helps to lay the foundations for restoration projects where both people and nature can thrive.
  • Good governance and legislation drive good outcomes and can make or break projects.
  • Implementing forest landscape restoration will require capacity-building among communities, land managers and governmental organizations.
  • Ambitious financing models will be crucial for restoration at scale.

Download here

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 https://www.ce-em.co/agenda-FAIS

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

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. 

                  

The Global EbA Fund is a quickly deployable mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). The Fund is structured to support catalytic initiatives to help to overcome identified barriers to upscaling EbA. 

The Global EbA Fund will accept and review Concept Stage Application Packet submissions year-round and make biannual funding decisions.

In 2021, the biannual funding decisions will be in July 2021 and November 2021. The cut-off dates for Concept Stage submission will be 30 April 2021 and 30 August 2021 at 23:59 UTC+2.

Click here for more information on How to Apply 

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: https://bit.ly/AWS-Indonesia 

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.

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/

Nature+ Accelerator Fund

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) 8 months ago

Nature+ Accelerator Fund offers investment opportunities for public and private institutions

The Nature+ Accelerator Fund combines the  unique set expertise of leading public and private institutions and platforms to address the conservation gap by attracting private finance to conservation. The Accelerator is anchored in IUCN's global leadership in Nature-based Solutions (NbS), Mirova Natural Capital's experience in investment management for NbS, and a trusted network of partners within the Coalition of Private Investment in Conservation (CPIC). The portfolio is anchored by funding from the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

The Accelerator will grow a conservation investment pipeline with adequate risk/return ratio by leveraging the initial US$ 8M risk-tolerant concessional finance from GEF. From there it will develop a US$ 200M in transformational, scalable, and financially viable project portfolio with significant positive outcomes for nature and society.


Expected outcomes by 2030 

  • A portfolio of up to 70 successful investment deals, attracting co-investment up to US$160M beyond the Nature+ Accelerator funding;
  • Proof of concept of a suite of NbS, aligned to the IUCN Global Standard for Nature-based Solutions;
  • Significant biodiversity and ecosystem conservation impacts, measurably reducing extinction risk of IUCN Red List threatened species and contributing towards national and global targets, including the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework;
  • Measurable contribution towards the UNCCD Land Degradation Neutrality objectives and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration;
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation impacts aligned to the 1.5oC global target set by the UNFCCC Paris Agreement;  and
  • Socio-economic impacts for local communities, including improved livelihoods and gender equity, contributing towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

How it works

Project pipeline

Starting in 2021, the Accelerator Fund will offer financing (e.g., loans and equity) through the three financing windows: 

white boxes with numbers

 

Click here for more information on criteria and pipeline.

 

 

REGISTER HERE

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 https://dgroups.org/fao/innovation/local-finance/discussions

SPEAKERS 

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.

RSVP HERE 

 “The Little Book of Investing in Nature” (LBIN) provides an essential guide to the latest innovations in biodiversity finance, including global, estimates of the future costs of protecting nature and potential sources of finance, drawing on case studies and examples of novel investment approaches from around the world.

The LBIN was published by Global Canopy and supported by AFD, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Credit Suisse, IDH the sustainable trade initiative, Mirova, UNDP, UNDP Biofin, WWF, and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Wishing you a regenerative 2021!

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) 10 months ago

As we reflect on the past year we thank members, partners and friends for continuing on this journey with us. We look forward to further collaboration in 2021. 

Last year saw increased global commitments to a net zero future by companies and governments. We believe landscapes play a key role in realising these goals and working towards a more equitable and sustainable future for people and planet.

With celebration we share some snippets from 2020 in our first newsletter of the year 

https://mailchi.mp/landscapefinancelab/wishing-you-a-regenerative-2021

We would love to hear your stories and lessons too - tweet us here. 

 

To help companies take the steps needed to truly address the climate crisis and help stop nature loss, WWF and Boston Consulting Group have produced what we are calling ‘Beyond Science-Based Targets: A Blueprint for Corporate Action on Climate and Nature’. This corporate climate mitigation blueprint aims to help companies develop a holistic approach that prioritizes Paris-aligned reductions and unlocks future opportunities for innovation. 

You can catch the launch webinar on this here 

Vacancy Head of Carbon at Commonland

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) 11 months ago

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

This webinar was hosted in French

La Communauté de pratique (CoP) pour le financement de la restauration des forêts et des paysages (RPF) vise à soutenir l'échange d'expériences entre les membres, et à renforcer les capacités et un réseau de praticiens pour financer la mise en œuvre du RPF sur le terrain au niveau du paysage.

Le webinaire poursuivra la série sur le financement de la Restauration des Forets et des Paysages (RFP) en mettant l'accent sur les paiements pour les services environnementaux (PSE). Sera présenté le concept des PSE et son rôle dans le financement de la RPF sur le terrain. Les intervenants donneront des exemples de mise en œuvre de PSE sur le terrain et détailleront les défis rencontrés et les résultats à long terme.

Pour plus d'informations, veuillez prendre contact avec Mathilde Iweins
For more information, please contact Mathilde Iweins Mathilde.Iweins@fao.org

À propos des présentateurs

Jonas Syapze Kemajou - Responsable du financement du paysage TRIDOM basé au Cameroun

Josue Aruna - Josue est également président et chef de la direction de Green Revolution Initiatives GRI Ltd; Directeur exécutif de l’ONG Congo Basin Conservation Society (CBCS); Président de la Société civile de l’environnement et de l’agro-rural du Congo SOCEARUCO au Sud-Kivu

https://youtu.be/C7DsAuHcAV8

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   

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 

Jurisdictional Hub

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Oct 12, 2020

Tropical Forest Alliance and partners launch a new hub of resources aimed at the private sector to support engagement in landscapes. 

https://jaresourcehub.org/interventions/ 

The platform showcases 20 interventions for companies to engage in landscapes and jurisdictional initiatives (L/JIs) to fit varied context and geographies. 

Each intervention highlights real world examples of company engagement, key points for implementation, the external conditions that increase the likelihood of success, as well as the business case for a company to use it. 

WWF Landscape Sourcing Paper

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Sep 30, 2020

The Lab is pleased to the launch the report Landscape Sourcing, Sustainable Business Using the Landscape Approach. This paper makes a case for how the business sector can support, and benefit from, landscape approaches as a supplement to promoting sustainability within supply chains more broadly.  The report includes case studies of private sector engagement in sustainable landscape management. It concludes with a series of suggested priority next steps to help companies, governments and NGOs develop tools and interventions that they can apply internally in support of a landscape approach.

Key messages  Landscape sourcing is a methodology for product sourcing that contributes positively to the goals of a sustainable landscape through product certification which identifies commodities  that are produced and grown using sustainable landscape management.  

 

Target audiences 

1. Buyers purchasing natural resources and agricultural products, such as international commodity traders and manufacturers;

2. Producers, intermediaries and service providers seeking to build and strengthen their sustainable business practices;

3. Retailers who stock brands made from these traded products;

4. Financiers and investors active

A launch webinar was hosted on 22 October 2020
Co-authors Nigel Dudley and Marianne Smallwood shared brief introduction on how adopting a landscape approach is an attractive entry point into the circular economy and can both help address environmental concerns while still maintaining company profitability. Willem Ferweda also presented a case study from the Commonland portfolio. 

Click here for the recording

World Resources Institute hosts a webinar on advances in monitoring restoration

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 9:00-10:15 am. EST, 2pm UK, 3pm CET 

Register

Join WRI for a presentation detailing the latest advances on tracking tree growth and monitoring forest and landscape restoration.

Thanks to Global Forest Watch, monitoring deforestation with satellites has never been easier. But seeing where trees are growing - and measuring the water, soil, and yield benefits that they bring - is challenging. Now, after years of research, WRI and its partners in governments, companies, and communities have paired the latest advances in AI and remote sensing with local expertise and preferences to make tracking progress toward government and company commitments easier and more accurate than ever.

This webinar is designed for governments, companies, project developers, and community leaders who want to learn what tools they can use to track the progress of their work. Monitoring experts from WRI's Global Forest Watch and Restoration teams will highlight the key tools and techniques that practitioners, especially members of regional alliances AFR100 and Initiative 20x20, can use to start monitoring. A 20-minute Q&A period will close the event.

Speakers:
- Lina Pohl Representative in Mexico, FAO and Former Minister of Environment, El Salvador
- Crystal Davis, Director, Global Forest Watch, WRI
- Katie Reytar, Senior Research Associate, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
- Dow Martin, Manager, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
- Rene Zamora-Cristales, Senior Associate, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
- Bernadette Arakwiye, Associate, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
- John Brandt, Data Science Associate, Global Restoration Initiative, WRI
- Fred Stolle, Deputy Director, Forests Program, WRI
- Additional Speakers (TBD)

For background, check out this article: https://www.wri.org/blog/2020/07/trillion-trees-tracking-challenges

By registering for this webinar, you are consenting to receive updates from WRI's Restoration team.

Due to its successes, this model has been adopted by the government for use in other large REDD+ jurisdictional programs. 

This case study describes how WWF and its partners worked with communities in the Maï-Ndombe province of the DRC to improve local governance through the participation of women and Indigenous groups in land-use planning, mapping, decision-making, and other activities essential to conserving the region’s forests and wildlife, tackling deforestation and degradation while building sustainable livelihoods.

Due to its successes, this model has been adopted by the government for use in other large REDD+ jurisdictional programs.

As part of WWF's Inspiring Practices series, these case examples are designed to share forest and climate lessons learned, so that they may be replicated or adapted as appropriate by others for their own forest and climate related work.

Download the report here https://wwf.panda.org/?454071/Inspiring-Practices-Cultivating-Inclusive-Community-Processes-in-the-Democratic-Republic-of-the-Congo

The new report ´Mobilizing finance across sectors and projects to achieve sustainable landscapes:
Emerging models´, by Seth Shames and Sara J. Scherr explores how integrated landscape investments
— an emerging class of entities designed to finance landscape-level activities — can support biodiversity conservation at scale. The study by CPIC’s Landscape and Seascape working group supported by WWF’s Landscape Finance Lab, EcoAgriculture Partners and the 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People Initiative, found that everyone, from project developers and investors to policymakers and academics, must all do more to harness this potential.

Click here for the report 

Link to the brief

 

For the first time standards including Better Cotton Initiative, Fairtrade, FSC, and the Roundtable for Sustainable Biomaterials will be able to quantify carbon emission reductions in their certified commodities in a way that corporate purchasers can count toward their climate commitments.

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 25 August 2020: With increasing demand for more sustainable, climate-friendly goods and services, ISEAL member standards are collaborating with Gold Standard to define common practices to calculate carbon reductions and sequestration that companies can easily report against their Science Based Targets or other climate performance objectives. The objective is to drive sustainability at a landscape scale through certified commodities with improved climate impact.

A company purchasing Fairtrade-certified coffee or sourcing their cotton as ‘Better Cotton’ from licensed Better Cotton Initiative farmers, for example, will be able to report lower emission factors for these commodities in line with the Greenhouse Gas Protocol and thus, a lower corporate carbon footprint. 

For producers, this increases the value of their certified commodities by not only ensuring that production processes are equitable and sustainable, but by also adding another quantified, verified impact that companies can claim toward increasingly important climate commitments.

Paul Chatterton, Founder and Lead for WWF Landscape Finance Lab says, “We expect this initiative to catalyse sustainability action and investment at scale by creating more demand for certified commodities at a landscape level, rather than isolated interventions with specific producers or projects.”

"Making it easier to report on the positive climate impacts of the use of certified, sustainably produced products is progress toward to support real, measurable change,” adds Rolf Hogan, Executive Director of the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials.

“Forests play a fundamental role for the world’s climate, and giving responsible forest managers the tools to demonstrate carbon reductions and sequestration will enable consumers and companies to conscientiously promote positive impacts,” comments Kim Carstensen, Director General, FSC International.

SustainCERT, the official certification partner for Gold Standard for the Global Goals, will lead pilot initiatives with participating standards, verify pilot outcomes and help companies attribute the impacts in their corporate reporting.

The consortium also intends to explore how the methodologies and guidance might be extended to catalyse other critical sustainability impacts such as water, soil, or deforestation free targets.

This programme supports Gold Standard’s aim to help the world #GrowToZero: To meet the Paris Agreement’s goal of Net-Zero emissions while acclerating progress toward zero extreme poverty, zero hunger, zero biodiversity loss and other ambitious targets.

The initiative is made possible thanks to a grant from the ISEAL Innovations Fund, which is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs SECO.

Read more about the partners here 

 

Jobs | WWF Cocoa Lead Expert

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Jul 22, 2020

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

 

Building conservation and nature-based solutions into projects represents a massive opportunity. We need to work with companies, financial institutions and local stakeholders to develop Bankable Nature Solutions (BNS). This way, we can deliver impacts that reduce pressure on ecosystems, drive resilience and sustainability for both people and nature, while generating positive financial returns for communities and investors.

As part of an increasing effort to work under the umbrella of BNS to set up bankable projects across a wide array of landscapes, the WWF Bankable Nature Solutions division has recently launched the
 publication - Bankable Nature Solutions: Blueprints from across the globe to adapt to and mitigate climate change and help our living planet to thrive .

It serves as an introduction to Bankable Nature Solutions and presents 13 case studies that offer different solutions that generate a financial return and have a positive impact on nature and climate. The case studies cover water & sanitation, forestry, climate-smart agriculture, environmental protection and renewable energy in Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America.

It aspires to show global landscape practitioners, investors and investees that Bankable Nature Solutions can be a promising solution, helping to upscale projects and to achieve more impact.

Click here for the report 

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.
 

A Delivery Lab which explores challenges and solutions to climate actions. In this episode the team behind a project to  establish Macauba-based Silvopastoral agroforestry value chain in Brazil will share three main delivery challenges that emerged during implementation, and how the project team overcame them and learned from the experience.

Wednesday June 17th at 10am EST/ 4pm CET

Register for the event here 

This FIP-funded project has established the first sustainable macauba-based silvopastoral agroforestry value chain in the world. As of March 2020, the project achieved 502 hectares planted with macauba trees (133,944 macauba trees planted), 26 farmers trained on agroforestry and silvopastoral systems and 207,000 tons of macauba fruit collected.

Click here to read the full case study.  

 

 

WWF speaks out on racial injustice

Posted by Mike Sullivan (Admin) Jun 4, 2020

From WWF-US President & CEO Carter Roberts:

In the wake of the senseless killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor, and a continued pattern of violence toward African-Americans, WWF cannot stay silent. We are compelled to speak out to condemn the trauma and injustice that the Black community has borne for so long.

WWF works across 100 countries to build a future in which people and nature both flourish. Our diversity is our strength. We are devoted to the diversity of our staff and our partners, and to the diversity of life on Earth. And we are committed to upholding the rights of all people around the world.

We know that an environmental organization like WWF cannot by itself reverse America’s painful history of racial injustice. But we also know we have an important role to play in working with other institutions on a journey toward racial equality that is long overdue, and we stand allied with the African-American community in addressing these wrongs.

It could not be a more challenging time, with a raging pandemic, a faltering economy, and deepening divisions around the world. But it is more than clear that these forces, as well as the degradation of nature, disproportionately affect the African-American community and other communities of color. That needs to change, as do the deeply rooted economic, political, and social systems that perpetuate these patterns of racial injustice.

To that end, I am personally committed to doing more than I have in the past. To listen, to learn, and to act. And I commit our larger organization to do the same, building on the energy and the stories from an all-staff meeting we held recently, which deeply moved me and informed this note. The overwhelming conviction of our people serves as the basis of this commitment: to use our voice, our partnerships, and our influence to press for diversity and equality, be it economic, social or environmental, as the foundations of our work.

Just as we are united by the natural world we all need to survive, so are we united by our common humanity. Any injustice that affects part of our community affects us all.

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. True change begins with listening to the voices of those most affected and then acting on that basis to build bridges that secure a more equitable future for all.

Carter Roberts

President & CEO, WWF-US

https://www.worldwildlife.org/pages/wwf-speaks-out-on-racial-injustice

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?

Intervenants:

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 

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 

IKI Medium Grants focuses on Germany-based implementing organisations that are involved in international cooperation for climate and biodiversity protection in developing and emerging countries.

The funding programme is implemented by Zukunft - Umwelt - Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH on behalf of BMU and ranges between EUR300K - 800K over 2 -3 yrs.

The IKI funds projects in the following areas:

Eligible organisations

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) regularly selects projects to be funded within the IKI framework by means of idea competitions. Detailed information on funding conditions, selection criteria, funding objectives and funding priorities can be found in the document entitled “Funding Information on IKI Medium Grants”. 

The evaluation of the project outlines and proposals is carried out by Zukunft – Umwelt – Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH on behalf of BMU and under the supervision of relevant experts, if required. BMU will select the project outlines with high potential based on available budget funds.

List of possible funding countries 

 

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.

The Rainforest Alliance is currently recruitment for a Market Development and Partnerships Manager to join the LandScale team. We are specifically seeking someone wijo is familiar with the finance sector, impact investors and/or multilateral funding agencies as pertains to their work on land use, land-based project investments, and sustainability issues. As well as someone with a strong understanding of sustainability issues; climate, conservation or development finance; landscape approaches; and commodity supply chain sustainability initiatives. The deadline for applications is 30th April. https://www.rainforest-alliance.org/careers?hh_jid=62997

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: 

 

Since its beginnings in 2016, the WWF Landscape Finance Lab has worked toward developing a methodological approach for financing the restoration, rejuvenation and conservation of global landscapes at scale. Through work with WWF teams on the ground and a myriad of other partners and stakeholders around the world, the Lab has taken lessons learned and refined and systemised its landscape finance philosophy and theory of change. By the end of 2019, the Lab had six structured landscape programmes, each of which are projected to bring in at least $100 million in investment and built its first comprehensive landscape investment vehicle.

The Lab’s innovative work and evolution is detailed in the latest Annual Report. This document explains the Lab’s Vision, Mission and the key elements that are essential to achieving integrated landscape management. Additionally, the Report provides summaries of all of the Lab’s landscape and finance programmes, from South America to the South Pacific. There are also deep-dives into the organisation’s achievements toward creating a hub of practical landscape knowledge and learning.

Check out our latest Annual report here!

 

On Thur 26 March, the Lab hosted a webinar with UN FAO's Forest Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM). This is part of a 2020 series focusing on local finance mechanisms to support FLR.  

The webinar was an opportunity to learn from two PES schemes and the experiences of the speakers in designing, implementing and monitoring such schemes.

The first case from Rejoso, Indonesia was presented by Dr Leimona Beria (ICRAF)and looked at smallholders’ practices in a production landscape and the influence of the flow of ecosystem services (ES) in the downstream clusters. The financing scheme focused on three key areas highlighted below. From co-investment in ecosystem services, to investments in water effieciency to increase water supply and sales and finally blended finance options through income of green agricultural commodities. Hear more about the case study in our recording here

 

Dr Pham Thu Thuy (CIFOR) was our second speaker. Thuy presented learnings from a Vietnamese PES programme using CIFOR's 3E's principles of Effectiveness, Efficiency and Equity. The programme contributes 22% of the total investment for the forestry sector in Vietnam, doubling state budget allocated to forestry.  The key objectives were to reduce the burden to the state budget, improve local livelihood and improve forest quality/quantity. Funded by a Government Trust Fund (VNFF) key finance is channeled from the water and tourism sector along with hydropower plants. To date services implemented include watershed protection and landscape beauty. 

Thuy reported on the challenges of the programme particularly in reporting e.g. different stakeholders reporting varying figures of success. The need to include more local voices in the design of schemes to take in to account varying regional rights and needs. Click here to learn more about the programme and the proposed recommendations for improving the scheme. 

Summary of lessons 

  • PES goes beyond a ‘market-based ES’ to broader landscape governance involving conservation-development incentive instruments
  • Many different stages of PES to consider – devil in the details–which require different financing mechanisms
  • Important to take into account political dimensions throughout the development of a PES scheme
  • Establishing an ecological and socioeconomic baseline is important to assess impacts and determine payments
Need to consider:
    • Effectiveness (M&E is essential)
    • Efficiency (bundling of services and payments)
    • Equity (ensure inclusivity of participants in procedural processes)

Join the discussion

Over 75 questions were shared during the webinar, to follow up on these we will be sharing themed discussions via dgroups which you can receive directly to your inbox. Register here.  

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.

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.

 




New funding opportunities

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Jan 28, 2020

Sharing a great summary by Katie Sims from Birdlife International of funding opportunities that may be of interest to landscape teams. 

1)      WWF/Impactio Platform – Innovate for Wildlife and People: Incentivising and rewarding community-based wildlife conservation

  • 20,000 – 50,000 USD
  • Early expression of interest: 28 January - 10 February 2020
  •  The challenge is posed to you by the WWF Global Wildlife Practice, and we are excited to invite WWF partners and other interested organizations to submit applications.
  • The Challenge will be hosted on the Impactio platform, a WWF Panda Labs initiative.
  • The Challenge: ‘How can benefits for local people be increased, strengthened, diversified, and have longer term economic viability to incentivise and reward wildlife conservation?

 https://impactio.global/innovate-for-wildlife-and-people-challenge  / info@impactio.global

 

2)      German government small grants – International Climate Initiative “IKI”

  • ·         Up to 100,000 EUR
  • ·         Deadline 5th March 2020
  • ·         As a primary goal project proposals have to clearly address one of the IKI funding areas:
  1.    Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions
  2.  Adapting to the impacts of climate change
  3.  Conserving natural carbon sinks / forestry
  4.  Conserving biological diversity

https://www.international-climate-initiative.com/en/project-funding/information-for-applicants/iki-small-and-medium-grants/iki-small-grants/

 

3) Global Forests Watch – Small Grants and Tech Fellowships

The Small Grants Fund and Fellowship Calls for Applications open once a year. Though the specific focus of the Calls varies from year to year, successful applicants must clearly articulate how GFW will support and enhance their ongoing work related to:

  • Advocacy
  • Community engagement
  • Forest monitoring and enforcement
  • Journalism
  • Education

https://www.globalforestwatch.org/grants-and-fellowships/apply

Max Berkelmans presents on results from interviews on how stakeholders collaborate to blend investments for landscape restoration projects using example case initiatives gathered through his Masters research. 

This webinar is especially useful for an overview of the various roles we all play within the project support support process of landscape programmes and offer the key actors involved within the system of blending finance.

See the video here 

About Max 

Max Berkelmans is a project consultant at Bax & Company. He is passionate about topics such as circularity, climate adaptation and sustainable land-use and ways how the public and private sector can collaborate and develop innovative solutions to solve complex issues.

Max holds a MSc degree in Sustainable Business at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (NL) and bachelor’s degrees in Sociology (BSc) and International Relations (BA) at the University of Groningen (NL). 

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

The guidebook takes a new approach to environmental governance by focusing on identifying the social capital of actors within the landscapes. It centers on two main approaches:

1) mapping actors’ resource flows and

2) mapping actors’ priorities and values.

Co-written by WRI international offices, this methodology has been tested in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, and Rwanda. The guidebook focuses primarily on restoration, but the same methodologies can be adapted to broader analysis of natural resource governance. By using this guidebook, environmental practitioners can be more efficient with resources, collaboration, and outreach, and better anticipate potential conflicts and bottlenecks.

DOWNLOAD HERE 

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