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

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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. 

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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....

This webinar was hosted in French

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

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

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

À propos des présentateurs

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

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

https://youtu.be/C7DsAuHcAV8

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

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

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

 

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

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

Summary of lessons 

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

Join the discussion

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

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

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

See the video here 

About Max 

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

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

Peer learning with Grounded

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Sep 12, 2019

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Grounded are an organisation that aims to bring quality agricultural products from healthy landscapes to market. They do this by creating thriving partnerships with farmers to enable consumers to invest in this process.

Grounded work with farmers to explore and develop sustainable agricultural models that are more sustainable and profitable.

Through this holistic approach they develop landscape-scale businesses that produce higher yields while also having a positive impact on the environment. As a result they support and foster the mass restoration of nature and degraded farmland across sub-Saharan Africa.

In this webinar we host a discussion with Grounded and other practitioners working landscapes . Some discussions include:

- how to develop trust with farmers
- working in parallel with "Big Ag"
- how to choose investable crops/ commodities

Continue the discussion on the Lab incubator below by offering the Grounded team your frank feedback, asking additional questions below by tagging Gijs Boer and Stephie Mendehlson 

VIDEO LINK

Jodi Smith from The Earth Care Agency is working closely on the Great Sea Reef program with Kesaia Marama Tabunakawai and her team. One key component of the GSR program proposes to transition 30% of Fijis farms towards organic agriculture and have identified potential models that could be scaled within the larger program intentions. Bula Batiki is one such case example.

Bula Batiki is a community-owned business that produces organic virgin coconut oil on the remote island of Batiki, Fiji. It is the first indigenous community-owned Fijian business to have achieved USDA NOP and Organic EU #certification, and Fiji Ministry of Health HACCP certification.

Within three years Bula Batiki is a registered Association, with 45 household members representing more than 300 villagers. Women and men play equal leadership roles in the Association.

The aim of all those involved is to create and maintain a fair and equitable livelihood for the villagers of Batiki which respects the environment and does not force the community to fall back on selling raw material or agricultural goods with little value added.

In this webinar speakers presented a case study of Bula Batiki; detailing the journey, challenges, solutions and lessons learned of a remote, community-owned Pacific business.

SPEAKERS

Callum Drummond, Director at Bula Batiki:

Callum created the concept during his time living in the community and seeing first hand the difficulties of making an income in rural Fiji. He will share his start up journey and challenges. 


Jodi Smith, Director at the Earth Care Agency (TECA):

TECA has played a key support role in providing guidance with compliance and process operations. Jodi shares the road towards compliance and gaining market access.

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This webinar was hosted Thursday 30 May at 10am CET

 

The Landscape Finance Lab shared a webinar exploring the progress of SCALE (Supply Chain And Landscape approach in EPL) programme.  SCALE aims to design a landscape scale investment program in Cambodia that contributes to SDG goals by promoting sustainable sourcing of energy materials and supporting the resilience of ecosystem services.

Contents 

  • Intro to the SCALE programme 
  • 2019 updates and plan
  • Outcomes and learning from the workshop
  • Key takeaways on business interest and contribution potential in the landscape approach
  • Q&A 

Speakers 

  • Raphaele Deau, Market Lead at the Landscape Finance Lab 
  • Kim Hellstrom, Strategy Lead - CSR at H&M

CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO

Thank you everyone who attended the FAO+LFL webinar on financing for Forest Landscape Restoration. 

Special thanks to our presenter Lucy Garrett from FAO who took on the bulk of the presentation and everyone for a lively discussion.

For those that couldn’t make it, the recording of the webinar is here and Lucy's slides are attached below: 

https://youtu.be/0YY8w4-0aCA

 Don’t forget you can continue the conversation and share case studies on the online discussion forum on the Landscape Finance Lab platform here:

https://landscapelab.crowdicity.com/category/30580 

We’ll be sharing some of the follow up questions we received each day for the next week so please do continue the conversation there.

We’re aiming to do a followup webinar in December, stay tuned for the date! 

Natalia and Maria

The WWF Landscape Finance Lab (LFL) is proud to partner with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to present a webinar and a learning forum on how finance can be directed to benefit the local stakeholders engaged in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR). We will discuss investment mechanisms and strategies and share lessons learned from accessing local, blended funding sources to scale up FLR.

Wednesday, November 28th 10–11:30am (CET–Rome)

Register for the zoom call -  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Speakers:

Seth Shames, Director at EcoAgriculture Partners
Lucy Garrett, Specialist on financing mechanisms for sustainable food systems and landscape restoration at FAO
+ more to be announced
Facilitators: Maria Nuutinen (FAO) and Natalia Krasnodebska (LFL)

Join our webinar, and the 2 week discussion forum on the Landscape Finance Lab Platform to share lessons and case studies. We welcome you to engage in  the community for learning about local finance options for forest and landscape!

 More details:

More than USD 300 billion per year is needed to restore the world’s degraded land and achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15.3 to combat desertification, restore degraded land and soil – including land affected by desertification, drought and floods – and strive to achieve a land-degradation neutral world by 2030.

At the local level the sources for resources are somewhat different. In many countries, guidance is needed how to incentivize and enable local and sub-national actors (such as farmers, small and medium-sized enterprises, civil society, including community organizations and local governments) with financial and non-financial support to produce FLR outcomes.

The knowledge-sharing forum aims at developing participants’ knowledge on the ways how finance can be directed to benefit the local stakeholders engaged in Forest and Landscape Restoration.

Welcome!

Emma Lear, the ESG & Impact Director at Althelia shares the methodology behind how Althelia developed their impact reporting framework. It is a great standard for how to measure and report impact at landscape scale and highly recommended viewing for landscape leads. Althelia sets a fantastic standard for all conservation projects on how to report on impact.

Her presentation is attached below and you can watch a full recording of the webinar, including a lively Q&A session.

An excerpt from Emma's presentation:

Thank you very much to Emma and Althelia. If you have further questions, please ask them in the comments or reach out to Emma directly.

Please join us for a finance webinar with Emma Lear the ESG & Impact Director at Althelia

Emma will present their recent Impact Report as a case study of how to measure and report impact at landscape scale and share the methodology behind how they developed the impact reporting framework.

Monday September 24th, 11am CET

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/954921622

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,954921622# or +16699006833,,954921622#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Brazil: +55 11 4680 6788 or +55 21 3958 7888
South Africa: +27 87 551 7702
Meeting ID: 954 921 622
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/adcVoCpHaY

Emma Lear, ESG & Impact Director
Emma is responsible for coordinating the environmental, social and governance (ESG) aspects of Althelia’s investments. She supports and works closely with Dr Jill Shankleman to assess the environmental and social impacts of projects, and alongside portfolio investments to ensure compliance with Althelia’s environmental, social and governance standard.

Thank you to all who participated in the webinar on Forestry and Green bonds. Hosted by Katie House from the Climate Bonds Initiative and Luis neves Silva from New Generation Plantations

This is session is relevant for people working in forestry, specifically commercial forestry and also those working on climate impact. Katie gives an overview on the CBI as well as the latest in development of the green bond market. She also talks about criteria for the forest sector including resilience and mitigation. As an example, Luis shares the New Generation Plantation initiative and linkages to natural capital approaches to valuation that can enable investment in sustainable forestry practices.

Click here for the recording including Q&A

Both Luis and Katie’s presentations are attached along with their contact information. They are happy to answer questions via email so feel free to reach out to them or leave your questions in the comments below.

About the webinar

Festuring Gerhard Mulder author of GREEN BONDS AND INTEGRATED  LANDSCAPE MANAGEMENT 

Using Netherlands as a case study, Gerhard Mulder spoke about how accessing capital markets through green bonds to finance landscape initiatives is possible, but conditions apply. It is imperative that landscape initiatives build relationships with financial institutions that can help in raising capital through green bonds. 
The report highlights three different landscapes in the Netherlands which have been analysed for how the landscape organisers and financial institutions can cooperate. 

 

About Gerhard

Gerhard Mulder was most recently a Senior Advisor on Green Finance at IUCN Netherlands where he advised companies and governments on financing of green infrastructure, climate mitigation and adaptation, and sustainable development. He initiated the Green Finance Academy with Nyenrode Business School and Wageningen University to build a bridge between the financial community and conservation organisations. Before IUCN NL Gerhard was working for several banks: he started the climate trading desk at ABN AMRO in 2005 and worked for 1,5 years for a Rabobank subsidiary on environmental commodities.

Click here for the recording

 

 

We're excited to invite you to a webinar with tech company Ecosia

Join us to hear from Tree Planting Officer, Pieter van Midwoud on Ecosia's investment criteria and examples cases of projects they are working on, followed by a Q&A. 

Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees, they aim to find and support innovative solutions to reverse the tide of deforestation, by planting one billion new trees by the year 2020. They do this by investing in reforestation programs. 

Date: Tuesday 12th June 

Time: 2pm CET


Dial in details 
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/842991648

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,842991648# or +16699006833,,842991648#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833
Brazil: +55 11 4680 6788 or +55 21 3958 7888
South Africa: +27 87 551 7702
Meeting ID: 842 991 648
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/CUld1eLu

 
About the webinar 

Join speaker Jim Stephenson formerly from the Climate Change and Sustainability team at PWC who will share a summary of the Conservation Blueprints report published this year.  CPIC is trying to create categories of investable projects allowing bankers to speak to teams from Brasil to Fiji in the same format. Their aim is to create a standardised approach for environmental finance. CPIC is designing specific sets of questions for sectors and Jim is involved in drafting the questions for the Landscape Blueprints, therefore a great opportunity for you to feed in your thoughts! 

Date and time 
31 May at 2pm BST/ 3pm CET/ 9am EDT/ 
 
Dial in details 
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/538534469

Or iPhone one-tap :
    US: +16699006833,,538534469# or +16465588656,,538534469# 
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
        US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 646 558 8656 
        Brazil: +55 21 3958 7888 or +55 11 4680 6788 
        South Africa: +27 87 551 7702 
    Meeting ID: 538 534 469
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/eokT5hQ0g

We hosted a webinar with one of the authors of the Capitalising Conservation report, Kaspar Baumann from Clarmondial in April 2018. 

The report provides a framework to guide the identification, structuring and execution of investments in conservation. It also describes various roles conservation organisations can play to unlock investment capital and supports effective investor engagement. 

Click here to access the recording (slides are attached below).

 

About Kaspar Baumman

Kaspar has seven years experience in private equity investments in emerging and frontier markets. He worked at responsAbility, a Zurich-based asset manager specialized in impact investments, where he acquired minority positions in financial institutions servicing SMEs and agricultural clients.  Kaspar has worked on all elements of the investment cycle and was in charge of periodical valuations of the investment portfolio. 

Kaspar is an independent member of the board of directors of an SME-focused bank in Macedonia (FYROM). He holds a master degree in Neuroscience from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and an MBA from Saïd Business School (University of Oxford).

 

Webinar with Commonland

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Mar 27, 2018

The Lab hosted a knowledge sharing session with Commonland. Based in the Netherlands they are an organisation which develops landscape restoration projects that are based on business cases.

Their goal is to realize large-scale landscape restoration with local farmers, land-users and experts, based on sustainable 4 returns business cases.

Click here for the recording to learn about their "4 returns" methodology and how its being applied in the landscapes they are working with.

Some of the key takeaways include: 

Commonland work on the basis of 4 returns which is the focus for the impact they want to have from their landscape work: 

  • Return of Inspiration -  bringing back the hope, energy and trust within a community to be inspired by the landscape. Moving away from the traditional doom and gloom story to a more positive outlook. 
  • Return of Social Capital - bringing back the local economy and supporting people in a social context as well as the conservation work
  • Return of Natural Capital - as conservationists we think we need money to invest in nature research however there are big wins to be had around agricultural landscapes. Through this you start creating a natural buffer for your area and relieves the pressure on the landscape. 
  • Return of Financial Capital - focuses on creating business opportunities. Transitioning towards more regenerative practices in the first 5-7 years, its a challenge because farmers will see productivity reduce in the first instance but it creates a space for businesses and governments to invest. 

Dieter and Simon take us through specific examples of landscapes they are working with in South Africa, Spain and Australia. 

They have also condensed some of this learning through a 7 module course developed with partners. This MOOC aims to train the next generation of business professionals and developers to acknowledge business’ interdependency with healthy landscapes and understand the value of ecosystem resources.

Access the webinar recording 

&Green - webinar

Posted by Anton Gigov Mar 14, 2018

 

Sail Ventures, &Green's investment manager held a webinar for the Lab's community presenting the fund's investment strategy and goals.

 

Webinar Summary (also see attached slides)

  • SAIL Ventures is the investment advisor of &Green Fund, responsible for the identification, preparation, structuring and execution and monitoring of &Green investments, including syndication with co-investors
  • Thus far the fund has raised EUR125m (EUR100m from Norwegian International Climate and Forests Initiative and EUR25m from Unilever), of its EUR400m target 
  • &Green can finance commodity businesses at different points of the supply chain, however the investment shall have a direct impact on land use (e.g. food processing companies are unlikely to be financed) and deliver on the fund’s definition of environmental returns
  • To reach smallholders &Green would typically use an aggregator (local bank, MFI etc.)
  • While investing in businesses and not landscapes &Green expects its investees to be covered by a Landscape Protection Plan, covering the surrounding landscape
  • The geographical focus is on tropical countries. The approved jurisdictions to date are in Brazil, Indonesia and Liberia. Other jurisdictions are not excluded, but require separate approval by the fund’s Advisory Board,; Government involvement is crucial; jurisdictions are assessed against the Jurisdiction Eligibility Criteria
  • Sector focus is on soy, livestock, palm oil and forestry sector, as these suggest highest environmental returns, however the fund is generally open to all commodity supply chains which source from tropical forest regions
  • To engage the stakeholders on the ground - SV would encourage its investees to work with an actor like WWF. The investor wouldn't be involved in the landscape design, but encourage WWF teams to look for investable projects within a landscape

 

 

Q&A Session

Q – Investees usually don’t have control over landscape protection plan – why are they being made accountable for events/actions beyond their control? 

A - The condition for investment is just the existence of a Landscape Protection Plan (LPP), however investees will not be made responsible for actions outside their control. It’s part of SAIL Ventures mandate to assess the probability of the LPP being implemented.

 

Q - I like the idea of the jurisdictional evaluation criteria. Would you invest in the case where a jurisdiction does not yet meet the criteria but could meet them as a result of the investment? Can you only invest after the criteria has been met? 

A - &Green cannot invest in a jurisdiction until it is approved. The governance structure does not allow for this however WWF could help to have these jurisdictions approved. e.g. in some of Indonesia’s provinces it is only a matter of having a clear gross deforestation target which is holding back the approval. The REDD program is different as it establishes a base line but no incentive to go further as one gets rewarded for being below a baseline, irrespective of whether it is set high or low. However, to achieve large scale change one needs a target for jurisdictional governance which drives beyond business as usual. 

 

Q: You mentioned that Social inclusion is a critical component, how do you measure it? Which other criteria do you measure for assessing the environmental return? Also, what type of financing may be included in the 2billion commercial capital catalyzed?

A - &Green doesn’t involve directly with the smallholders but would operate through an aggregator e.g. bank, intermediary company, and therefore looking at indirect impact on smallholders. The questions to be asked then are:

  • Is the company including the small holders in the supply chain?
  • Are they measuring households impacted through this?
  • re they including communities within the landscape in their plan e.g. hiring communities to provide information in terms of crops and other research? 

The answers to those question feed into the environmental return analysis.

 

Q - To build on the previous point, are you looking at monetising the non-financial benefits? Such as forest restoration, carbon sequestrating, but also social benefits (business creation…)? Are your shareholders interested in this monetisation?

A – The fund’s purpose is to set incentives to unlock finance that is not already available. To achieve that it has structural ways on rewarding projects that meets its environmental targets (back load payments, forms of profit-sharing)

 

Q - Is there some finance available for project preparation (technical assistance)? Do you envisage specific co-financing partners (including with grants instruments for public work)?

A – The fund was deliberately set up to not provide technical assistance funds, as these are considered available in the market. However some of our co-investors will have technical assistance windows e.g. IDH, CI, TNC. We can offer to link potential investees to technical assistance funding providers from our network, linked to the progress of a project evaluation in our investment process.

 

Q - How early will you engage with projects?

A – We are interested to speak to project proponents early on. If there is no identified recipient of funding it is potentially too early stage for &Green to get involved, however if you're working with an aggregator we would be interested to engage in talks with that entity. We wouldn't be able to provide formal input to the scoping effort as this is too early stage and often subject to substantial change.

 

Q- Please elaborate on the types of clients you expect to engage with. 

A - Producer, agri-business, large soy / cattle farmer, land users who owns land, trader who is buying from land users, input provider like a fertislier company, service provider leasing land from a farmer. We could also finance an aggregator e.g microfinance institutions or cooperative(s) 

 

Q – Please elaborate on your target crowd-in ratio

A – We structure financings with the client and bring in co-investors parallel or structurally senior to our investment. On a single investment basis we look to invest up to 25% (up to 30% for LDCs, smallholder projects) of the total investments size, i.e. crowd-in 3x the invested capital. The fund’s overall target is to crowd-in 5x the invested capital

 

Q - Can you go beyond forests to grasslands? 

A – We are still defining the concepts for what consists a landscape, in future we might also consider grasslands or similar biomes but it not part of the current &Green mandate.

 

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DISCLAIMER: This summary is an abridged log of a webinar held by Sail Ventures, &Green’s investment advisor for the Landscape Finance Lab community members and team. It is provided for educational purposes on a non-reliance basis.

 

We're excited to be hosting a knowledge sharing session with Commonland. 

Date: Friday 23rd March 

Time: 10am CET 

Based in the Netherlands they are an organisation which develops landscape restoration projects that are based on business cases.

Their goal is to realize large-scale landscape restoration with local farmers, land-users and experts, based on sustainable 4 returns business cases. 

Join us to hear more about their "4 returns" methodology and how its being applied in the landscapes they are working with. 

Dial in link 
https://zoom.us/j/497721172

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16465588656,,497721172# or +16699006833,,497721172# 
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
US: +1 646 558 8656 or +1 669 900 6833 
Brazil: +55 11 4680 6788 or +55 21 3958 7888 
South Africa: +27 87 551 7702 
Meeting ID: 497 721 172
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference?m=Wzj8y04deSKpApIBlQVkAxHIPOFU4E0y

We are hosting a Q&A session with Johnny Brom and Michael Schlup from the &Green Fund
 
Date and time: 14th February 1pm CET 

&Green intends to catalyze investment into jurisdictions where local authorities are also committed to the reduction in deforestation, and are actively taking steps to work with the private sector, communities and civil society to protect forest and peatlands.

Join to hear about their investment criteria and jurisdictional eligibility approach.

If you have any specific questions you would like them to prepare responses to please email Deesha Chandra before 9 Feb. 
 

About our speakers: 

Johnny Brom FOUNDER, AND CHIEF INVESTMENT OFFICER
Johnny previously worked on the sell- and buy-side of the investment industry, in South Africa and North America. Prior to setting up Sail Ventures, he spent three years in the development sector. Johnny leads Sail’s investment team and engagement with the &Green Credit Committee and Board.
 
 
Michael Schlup,CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Michael has a broad supply chain experience and has been involved in various environmental management functions. He has previously worked for the Gold Standard Foundation, Bunge, and most recently Barry Callebaut. Michael leads Sail’s stakeholder engagement, JEC approach for &Green, and smallholder impact.
 
 
CLICK HERE to add this event to your diary
 
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Hi all!
 
 
We share here last weeks monthly call where you can catch an update from the Myanmar Dawna Tennaserim Landscape, the Georgia program; PSP2017 meeting in Oct; Sustainable Landscapes ACAI meeting and meet new members of the Landscape Finance Lab team.
 
0.01mins - Guarav Gupta, WWF Myanmar DTL
0.12mins - Meet the new Lab team members
0.17mins - Jernej Stritih, WWF Caucusus Georgia Program
0.36mins - Celine Beaulieu, PSP Meeting update
0.47mins - Harko Koster, Sustainable Landscapes ACAI kick off
1hr12min - Deesha, LFL - update on Community activities

May Money Month is a learning initiative by the Freshwater Practice consisting of a series of 4 Webinars, online exchanges and 2 interactive discussion sessions. We will be exploring various aspects around finance and fundraising, and aim to apply some of the lessons learnt to office programmes. The month is targeted at freshwater conservation staff new to financial work, or wishing to refresh their knowledge, as well as to members of other practices who are interested.

SESSION OVERVIEW:

2 & 3 May | Finance 101

Understanding Financial Institutions 

4 May | Bankable Projects 

Can we make Financial Institutions invest better? 

8 May | Financing 2.0

Finding our way in a changing world of fundraising Introducing

11 May | PSPs & GEF

Public Financial Institutions, with example from Global Environment Facility

29 May - 1 June | Way Forward

Open session to share ideas, seek feedback and explore ways forward for offices

Engage Online 

Communities of Practice are self-identified groups of WWF staff who share a common interest and wish to share knowledge & learning on a specific topic or issue. The Freshwater practice are launching a Freshwater Finance CoP as a way for the network to engage with each other on finance for freshwater conservation. 

You can follow on Workplace with the hashtag #MoneyMonth - join the group

The Lab hosts a monthly call to share cases, finance news, resources and Lab developments. 

Listen back to the call last week: 

  • Henry Chan, WWF Malaysia presents the Heart of Borneo programme (start - 30m) 
  • Emily McKenzie, WWF UK introduces the Natural Capital Project and feedback on the recent Natural Capital Symposium (30m - 43m)
  • David Hodgson, Lanscape Finance Lab gives us a participant perspective of the Symposium (43m - 59m)
  • Melissa Moye, WWF US briefs us on recent impact investment meetings (59m - 66m)
  • Landscape Finance Lab updates (67m - 72m)

VIDEO / SLIDES

Natural Capital 101

Posted by Deesha Chandra (Admin) Apr 5, 2017

Although the live course is now over the Natural Capital MOOC is still available for viewing course material. You will need to sign in to Stanford Online for this and then click on the course page

Split into four modules, Natural Capital 101 (NC101) first introduces the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services, the stocks and flows of vital benefits flowing from nature to people.

The second module describes InVEST, NatCap’s software tool for mapping, modeling, and valuing ecosystem services. In addition, it provides guidance on project scoping and on matching approaches and tools to a project’s goals, decision context, timeline, capacity, and quality of data available.

Modules 3-4 offer an overview of the skills needed to use InVEST models, including recommendations for how to effectively summarize and communicate model outputs to stakeholders and other audiences.

About the Natural Capital Project 

 

Agenda and notes for the monthly Landscape Finance Lab call, you can add these to your diary by clicking here 10am CET & 5pm CET. (please note you may be affected by summer time zone changes) 

Agenda | 28 March 2017

1. Case Study 

Heart of Borneo Green Investment Fund 

Henry Chan, Heart of Borneo Leader, WWF Malaysia & WWF Indonesia

 

2. Event De-brief

a) Natural Capital Symposium 2017

Emily McKenzie WWF UK (AM), David Hodgson Landscape Finance Lab (PM)

b) Impact Investment meetings in the US

Melissa Moye WWF US (PM)

 

3. Landscape Finance Lab Launch

Paul Chatterton, Landscape Finance Lab (AM)

 

Dial in details: 10AM CET 

Meeting number: 702 394 028

Meeting password: KcM2e3hT

Meeting link: https://wwf.webex.com/wwf/j.php?MTID=md50800bc99dc5c7954cdd0285bbbcb34

 

Dial in details: 5PM CET 

Meeting number: 707 009 369

Meeting password: iZ5SGwVB

Meeting link - https://wwf.webex.com/wwf/j.php?MTID=m94fa9da7bd36f33cf3c18d69a6a0f476 

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