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We welcome you to use this space to share resources, tools, inspiring cases and opportunities with fellow members.

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. 


What can a small Irish community bog preservation project teach us about landscape restoration at scale?

On a rainy day in May, a group of ecologists, academics and conservation practitioners (amongst them, the Landscape Finance Lab), stood huddled on a boardwalk in the heart of a dense, wet carpet of moss, lichen and grasses: the Abbeyleix bog. The field-trip was a gathering of WaterLANDS project participants, an EU-funded initiative to scale up wetland restoration across Europe. We had been brought together to hear the remarkable story of how the local community had saved the bog from near-certain exploitation and destruction. It’s an unlikely David and Goliath tale, with residents of the quaint Irish town of Abbeyleix, which neighbours the bog, taking on the utilities giant Bord na Móna, owners of the land.  What started off as a hastily-organised citizen protest in 2000 has developed into a model, collaborative peatland restoration project with broad support from the community, businesses, local government and even Bord na Móna itself. The bog’s ecological success has far exceeded the expectations of both proponents and detractors.

The big question for the Lab, and for the other WaterLANDs delegates, was – what lessons can we learn from this modestly sized project, just 200 hectares, when Europe’s ambitions have to be for large scale restoration across landscapes many times the size? As it turns out, Abbeyleix is a microcosm, and replicates in a localised way the five elements essential for integrated landscape management.

1. A collaboration with community at its core. Locals and stakeholders opposed to Bord na Móna’s attempts to dig up the bog had a variety of motivations, but they soon realised they needed to come together. A residents’ action group and steering committee were established to manage those sometimes competing interests. As more stakeholders have become involved in different ways over the years, so the management committee for the project has grown and evolved. Following years of negotiation and lobbying, Bord na Móna agreed to hand over the management of the Abbeyleix Bog to the local community which is now legally incorporated as the Abbeyleix Bog Project CLG.

At a landscape scale, the number and complexity of stakeholder interests are multiplied, so landscape partnerships may be challenging to establish. But they are fundamental to success, and it’s crucial that local communities play an integral role.  Legal incorporation can help show their seriousness.

2. A shared understanding of the challenge. At Abbeyleix, there was little agreement amongst stakeholders on the bog’s ecological value or its potential for restoration. Scientists from Bord na Móna had written it off as too degraded to be worth preserving. The Bog management committee understood that to make the case for restoration, clarity was needed on exactly what state the bog was in, both in terms of biodiversity and carbon storage. A thorough baseline study was commissioned and detailed Ecotope studies have taken place at regular intervals. This evidence has served both to challenge opponents and as the basis for planning and interventions. 

At scale, a similar deep and shared understanding of a landscape needs to take place through mapping, natural capital valuations, ecosystem analyses, and land tenure and rights assessments to inform what successful restoration might look like.  

3. A vision and a plan. It was agreed that restoration of biodiversity and a return to active peat formation would be the main aims for the Abbeyleix Bog Project. Over the years this has remained the focus, whilst recognising the social and economic value of the bog as secondary benefits. A Conservation Management Plan was drawn up and sought to balance various aspects of conservation of the site – including infrastructure management, rehabilitation, invasive species management, recreation, etc. The Plan, for example, set out to block the network of drains that crisscrossed the bog, but the historic railway path that cuts through the bog was kept as a compromise for local walkers.  

A coherent vision is vital at landscape scale too, and it needs to inform collaborative planning that stakeholders and decision-makers across the landscape can buy into. 

4. Effective action. 64 Kms of drains on the high or raised bog area of the site (103 ha) were blocked with 3000 peat dams. Ironically, a family firm that for a long time had been contracted to drain bogs for Bord na Móna was contracted to block them. Bord na Móna, now supporting the restoration, and the National Parks and Wildlife Service were involved.  Local volunteers have worked to remove invasive rhododendrons that threatened to encroach on the bog. 

Similarly, in larger landscapes we need to see coordinated action by public and private actors, alongside community involvement.

5. Monitoring and evaluation. “Everything we do is evidence based” says Chris Uys, on the Bog’s management committee. Over the years there have been numerous ecological and hydrological studies, from which have emerged metrics to track and evaluate success. Ecotope surveys have shown a significant increase in the area of Active Raised Bog (ARB) at Abbeyleix, a priority EU habitat, by 1,130% in eleven years. From 1.12ha in 2009 to 13.78ha in 2020. Annual CO2 emissions from the high bog are also estimated to have dropped significantly in that time thanks to rewetting – a 52.7% decrease.  And this could trigger carbon payments to help pay for more restoration.

Larger landscapes too need rigorous monitoring of an appropriate set of metrics, with agreed tools and methodologies, quality assurance, evaluation, learning and development plans. The more complex a landscape, the more important it becomes to understand whether interventions are really working, especially when payments by results depend on it.  

As we ventured across the bog, some of us took our shoes off and sunk our feet in the moss – a somewhat less scientific approach to evaluating the rewetting! The bog had won us over. This small gem of a restoration project offered us so many examples of good practice, and a confirmation that the elements of a sustainable landscape apply universally – whether for a few hundred or a few hundred thousand hectares.


Learn more about other Action and Knowledge sites involved in the WaterLANDS initiative here.


Supervisor: Lab Lead
Duration: One year – renewable dependent on budget and performance
Type: Consultancy
Status: Part to full time
Location: Open

The Lab is seeking a top level sustainable finance professional for the role of Finance Coordinator. This position will lead the financing elements of sustainable landscapes for the Lab.

I. Major Functions:

This senior position will lead the blended financing elements of the Landscape Finance Lab. The incumbent will have three key responsibilities: (1) to guide the structuring of major investments into key landscapes that can scale environmental and sustainability results; (2) to lead the design and management of financial instruments for supporting investment into sustainable landscapes; and (3) to apply lessons from these to influence and shape the emerging industry of landscape finance. They will focus primarily on private finance though will need competence in integrating with public sector donors and program design.

II. Key Result Areas and Responsibilities:

● Review and update Finance components of the Lab overall strategy, annual Action Plan and work plans
● Prepare and refine business models for landscape scale investment including identifying revenue streams for the Lab
● Develop and expand outreach and partnerships with key investors, donors, financial institutions, regulators and policy bodies of relevance to landscape finance
● Guide the structuring of investments into sustainable landscape programs including identifying investable projects, engaging investors, ensuring effective governance structures and applying safeguards
● Initiate, lead and support the design of global, regional and or thematic investment vehicles (funds, foundations, technical assistance facilities etc) that can accelerate and support landscape finance
● Ensure due diligence, safeguards and risk mitigation in Lab projects and partnerships
● Maintain and apply an outreach strategy, database and tracking system for investor engagement
● Provide inputs on financial aspects into the Lab sustainable landscapes platform and bankable projects incubator
● Develop, fund and lead training and capacity building programs in landscape finance and bankable projects
● Develop and publish technical and research reports on key policy aspects and lessons in landscape finance
● Provide input to media and communications materials including the monthly newsletter and blogs
● Engage with industry and policy bodies and coordinate with partners to influence the landscape finance sector
● Fundraise for Lab projects and team including ongoing costs for this position
● Manage a small team of specialists and advisors
● Keep abreast of trends and developments relevant to sustainability and finance
● Other activities as directed by supervisor.

III. Qualifications, Competencies and Skills

● Minimum Masters level Degree in finance, economics or relevant discipline
● Minimum 10 years working experience in the area of finance, consulting and/or sustainability with experience working with financial institutions/corporates
● Superior knowledge of the finance sector levers for change as they relate to sustainability

● Experience working with virtual and/or international teams
● Experience developing financial products
● A demonstrated interest in how environmental concerns relate to material business risks and opportunities
● Strong coordination, teamwork, and excellent interpersonal skills
● Demonstrated commitment to nature conservation, sustainability and rights based development

● Demonstrated ability to analyze sustainability issues, effectively communicate these to financial institutions and other stakeholders and forge new partnerships
● Superior management, negotiation, and communication skills, with a proven ability to define and defend priorities
● Ability to analyze sustainability issues and to effectively communicate these to financial institution partners
● Familiarity with agile and lean working approaches preferred
● Able to prioritize, work in a dynamic environment and operate under tight deadlines
● Ability to work independently and proactively
● Capability to operate as part of a virtual team using current social media and online performance products
● Dynamic, creative, and outgoing personality
● Exemplary English language capability with fluency in an additional language preferred
● Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills
● Able to travel internationally (up to 25%)


Please send a cover letter and copy of your CV to by 5pm CET, 15 April 2022.
Interviews will take place in late April 2022, successful candidates will be invited to a second interview by late April 2022.


Supervisor: Erik Dexperts-Lestapis (Operations Lead)

Contract: Consultancy

Location: Open (Remote) 

Duration:  Part time / between 01 March 2022 and 30 June 2022


There has never been more money and political will for conservation and sustainability than in this decade.  Yet investors and land managers are struggling to originate high-quality, de-risked, land use projects.  The Landscape Finance Lab seeks to bridge this gap. 

Founded in 2016 within conservation organisation WWF, the Lab mission is to incubate and finance sustainable landscapes that deliver impact on the global goals.  Three core objective are being pursued: 

  • structure high quality landscape programs in global biodiversity priority places;
  • test innovative financing mechanisms; and
  • build sector learning, capacity and impact.

The Lab is focused exclusively on programs covering over a million hectares, million tonnes of traded goods, million tonnes greenhouse gases and $100 million investment size.  It was established as an independent non-profit association based in Austria in June 2021.  

The Lab is now seeking a seasoned fundraiser to help meet short- and long-term core funding financial goals through the development of philanthropic partnerships. 

I Main Function:

The Fundraising Coordinator will provide leadership, vision and strategic direction for grant fundraising with a specific focus on core funding for this assignment. The Lab wants to further strengthen its operational capacities and accelerate the development of its strategic objectives. Core funding raised will give necessary means to this ambition.

This role is responsible for the planning, management, resourcing, coordination and review of all grant fundraising including fundraising and marketing strategies; development and maintenance of strategic partnerships with key donors and foundations; engagement strategies designed to enhance fundraising outcomes and increase our founder base.

II Key Result Areas and Responsibilities:

  1. Income and ROI
  • Achieving income targets across all channels
  1. Strategy and tracking
  • Set the vision and overall strategic plan for core fundraising and engagement
  • Plan, budget, test and implement approved fundraising and engagement strategies in order to reach or exceed targets
  • Create strategies for ongoing innovation and testing in the fundraising programme
  1. Successful proposal submission 
  • Screen and maintain a strong pipeline of funding opportunities
  • Lead proposals development in coordination with the CEO and COO and Lab team
  • Assess 
  1. Strong, stable and mutually productive relationships and communications
  • Develop stable, high value relationships with the donor and foundations
  • Ensure all fundraising materials are updated and planned in conjunction with communications

III. Required Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • An understanding and passion for the climate and environment sectors;
  • Awareness and/or experience of the global and local fundraising market, trends and innovations;
  • Skills in analysis and advanced use of Excel;
  • Experience of CRMs and digital marketing automation tools.
  • At least five (3-5) years’ experience in equivalent positions;
  • Success in developing and managing fundraising campaigns from concept to delivery;
  • Experience in presenting strategies and proposals to high level audience;
  • Ability to lead and motivate colleagues and volunteers;
  • Strong attention to detail;
  • A passion for research;
  • Adept at managing tasks, planning events, and balancing priorities;
  • Fluent in English.

Please send a cover letter and copy of your CV in one single PDF file to with the following reference: “Fundraising Coordinator”. 


Supervisor: Program Manager
Duration: 9 months
Status: Part time (30-40%)
Location: Open
Start date: 15 Mar 2022

There has never been more money and political will for conservation and sustainability than in this decade. Yet investors and land managers are struggling to originate high-quality, de-risked, land use projects. The Landscape Finance Lab seeks to bridge this gap.

Founded in 2016 within conservation organisation WWF, the Lab mission is to incubate and finance sustainable landscapes that deliver impact on the global goals. Three core objective are being pursued:

structure high quality landscape programs in global biodiversity priority places;
test innovative financing mechanisms; and
build sector learning, capacity and impact.
The Lab is focused exclusively on programs covering over a million hectares, million tonnes of traded goods, million tonnes greenhouse gases and $100 million investment size. The Lab was established as an independent non-profit association based in Austria in June 2021.

The Lab now requires a Program Manager to support the Operations Lead in managing the technical aspects of project management and program administration in the Lab.

I. Major Functions:

This position will ensure smooth development and administration of landscape programs and projects of the Landscape Finance Lab as well as supporting effective team operations in technical aspects of communications, planning, monitoring and reporting. A specific duty will be to install the most up to date digital project management system.

II. Key Result Areas and Responsibilities:

Landscape project oversight

Maintains and ensures updates of the Landscapes Dashboard, KPI tracker, and landscapes-related tasks on the Lab Action Plan
Supports Landscape Lead and Landscape Coordinators in drafting of landscape project outlines, proposals and budgets
Coordinates the technical narrative reporting process and ensures the preparation of annual project reports
Ensures the coordination of project documentation, e.g. deliverables, other materials, photos etc
Oversees the Google Drive file system for all projects
Supports the production of landscape knowledge products; published reports; landscape program communications; lessons learned reports; blogs; and management of landscape program information on the Lab online platform In collaboration with the Lab Community Lead
Contributes to fundraising applications and sales proposals
Program technical operations

Help establish a project management software for progress tracking and reporting
Supports the Lab Operations team to administer donor and sales contracts
Monitors procurement compliance with the Lab operations team
Manages technical aspects of audits preparation and execution
Interacts with Finance and Ops Manager to ensure the alignment of technical and financial reporting
Ensures excellent and regular communication to donors, clients and partners
Administers team calendars
Coordinates team retreat organisation and other team events
III. Qualifications, Competencies and Skills


Minimum Masters level Degree in nature conservation, sustainability, international development or other relevant discipline
Minimum 3-5 years working experience in program administration in the areas of international natural resource management, conservation, development, sustainability or similar
Experience working with virtual and/or international teams

Demonstrated ability to administer large-scale projects and complex programs
Strong competence in managing filing systems, CRM and tracking dashboards
Familiarity with the Teamwork Project Management software or equivalent
A track record in staff training on administrative systems, project management approaches and reporting

Strong coordination, teamwork, and excellent interpersonal skills
Familiarity with agile and lean working approaches
Able to prioritise, work in a dynamic environment and operate under tight deadlines
Ability to work independently and proactively
Dynamic, creative, and outgoing personality
Exemplary English language capability with fluency in an additional language preferred
Strong written, verbal, and presentation skills

Please send a cover letter and copy of your CV to (add reference “Program Manager”).


Supervisor: Lab Lead
Location: Open, ideally Africa region
Duration:  One year renewable contract / Part- to full-time
Contract type: Consultant


There has never been more money and political will for conservation and sustainability than in this decade.  Yet investors and land managers are struggling to originate high-quality, de-risked, land use projects.  The Landscape Finance Lab seeks to bridge this gap.

Founded in 2016 within conservation organisation WWF, the Lab mission is to incubate and finance sustainable landscapes that deliver impact on the global goals.  Three core objective are being pursued:

structure high quality landscape programs in global biodiversity priority places;
test innovative financing mechanisms; and
build sector learning, capacity and impact.
The Lab is focused exclusively on programs covering over a million hectares, million tonnes of traded goods, million tonnes greenhouse gases and $100 million investment size.  The Lab was established as an independent non-profit association based in Austria in June 2021.  

The Lab is now seeking a top level landscape professional for the role of Landscape Coordinator.  This position will lead the development and management of the Lab portfolio of landscape programs in Africa.

I Main Function:

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

II Main Result Areas and Responsibilities:

Successful functioning of a portfolio of landscapes in Africa

Refine and explain the Lab value proposition and service offering on landscape incubation and financing.
Ensure effective and timely monitoring and management of the performance of the landscape portfolio with support from the Lab operations team though tools such as portfolio dashboard.
Identify and support new landscapes and organisations to join the Lab platform and incubation process.
Ensure landscape descriptions are uploaded and updated on the platform.
Support fundraising for the Lab landscape incubation work.
Develop strategic partnerships with investors and donors interested in supporting financing of landscapes.
Ensure quality and timely reporting on landscape and portfolio progress according to contractual obligations of donors, partners and investors including of the DFCD.
Assist with the production of landscape knowledge products as time allows.
Ensure effective coordination with all involved partners.
Quality and effective delivery of Lab support to specific landscapes

Ensure the quality and effective use of processes, templates and tools for landscapes incubation and, in coordination with the Community Lead, their use and presentation on the Lab platform.
Supervise and coordinate the work on landscapes engaging members of the Lab core team and advisors as needed.
Lead Lab support and relationship with targeted landscapes.
Assign and support Landscape leads and teams in all other landscapes.
Ensure effective application of tools and processes, strategic orientation, as well as technical support and review through the stages of the 5 Elements, 4 Returns and 3 Zones.
Build technical capacity of the team on sustainable landscapes, ensuring common understanding and standardized language, including through training.
Ensure a regular dialogue with the local landscape leads to identifying needs and defining relevant support.
Work with the Operations Lead and team to maintain an internal Manual to capture agreements on the Lab’s approaches to landscape incubation and service to clients.
Support to lab management and operations (within available hours)

Participate in Lab team meetings as needed.
Support the update of the Lab business model and annual action plan.
Support the Lab strategic management.
Assist in preparing communications on landscape programs.
Support the Community Lead with the upload of information on landscape  programs on the Lab Platform.
Other activities as directed.
III. Required qualifications, skills and competencies:

Min. 10 years experience in project and team management, and in coordinating the development and implementation of projects
Experience in building partnerships and developing multi-stakeholder mechanisms
Fundraising experience for international projects (liaising with donors, drafting concepts and proposals, developing budgets)
Good understanding of landscape approaches to conservation and their success factors, climate finance, REDD+, integrated land use management, multi-stakeholder platforms, blended finance
Involvement in drafting large donor concept notes and project proposals an advantage
Experience in working with the private sector an advantage
Fluency in a second language (French, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesia) is an advantage.

Please send a cover letter and copy of your CV to  

Title:  Communications Manager

Supervisor: Community Lead  

Status: Freelance, two days per week         

Duration: March 2022 to 31 December 2022 with three month probation

Location: Remote (location flexible)

Application deadline: 18Feb 2022           


There has never been more money and political will for conservation and sustainability than in this decade.  Yet investors and land managers are struggling to originate high-quality, de-risked, land use projects.  The Landscape Finance Lab bridges this gap by structuring, de-risking, launching, and funding sustainable land use deals at landscape scale – covering millions of hectares, mobilising hundreds of millions of dollars and catalysing major impact. 

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

Our purpose is to:

  • Enable high quality landscape programs in global biodiversity priority place
  • Test innovative financing mechanisms
  • Build sector learning, capacity and impact. 

The Lab has recently spun off from the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in June 2021 and it is key now to implement and develop further the Lab communication strategy

I. Main Function:

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

The Lab is keen to further develop communication activities, which will include sourcing funding and sponsorship to produce communication campaigns which can highlight key landscape and finance needs and solutions.  This role will also support the delivery of Communication commitments within key Lab projects and work to build our online presence and brand recognition. 

II. Tasks:  

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

III. Required Skills and Competencies:

  • Excellent communication and diplomatic skills
  • Strong writing, editing, proofreading skills
  • Ability to relate convincingly and credibly with peers in partner organizations.
  • Strong organizational skills with an aptitude to get things done.
  • Ability to conceptualize and implement communication tools.
  • Fluent in spoken and written English. Additional languages are an advantage particularly French and Spanish Understanding and experience with social media platforms
  • Proficiency with content management systems e.g. Wordpress and other website tools 
  • Creativity and flexibility with a solution-oriented approach.
  • Knowledge of sustainability and conservation finance issues an advantage.
  • Adheres to Lab values

IV. Qualifications:
A university degree as well as an in-depth understanding of communication practices.

At least five years work experience in the field of communications in an international environment in the private or NGOs sector.

Experience with media desired.

Superlative writing, editing and verbal communications skills in English.

V. Example Deliverables:

Four mentions of the Lab in print media/ broadsheets per year 30% engagement on monthly newsletter and blogsEssential Lab communications pack Landscape and program pitch decks 12 Landscape stories Programme communication 


Please send a cover letter and copy of your CV to by 5pm CET, 18 Feb 2022. 1st interviews will take place 23rd Feb, successful candidates will be invited to a 2nd interview 28th Feb 2022. 

Deesha Chandra
Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin)
7 months ago

A great summary shared by GLF's Landscape News. A good read if you're quite new to the topic.

It provides a brief overview of the green finance landscape, including its many definitions, key concepts, processes and main actors:

What is sustainable finance?Why is sustainable finance important?Who are the key providers of sustainable finance?How does sustainable finance work?How can sustainable finance support restoration?What does all this financial jargon meanRead the full article here

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 

Deesha Chandra
Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin)
Aug 13, 2021

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. 


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

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

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 

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. 


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.


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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

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

Thematic priorities include:

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

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

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

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

If you are having technical issues to access the system, please contact

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 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: 

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.


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




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

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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: 

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Click here for more information on criteria and pipeline.




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.


 “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.

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

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
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

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

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

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: BrochureLearn more about the programme at and   

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 

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

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. 

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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 


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.

- 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:

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

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 


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


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.


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 

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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.  



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

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 

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


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).


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.

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!