The world loses 7 million hectares of tropical forests each year.  At the root of the problem, deforestation and land degradation are often driven by economic pressure. Solutions ranging from international commitments to community-led efforts show progress in reversing this trend but often lack alternative financial incentives to change unsustainable practices.

The GLF Investment Case Symposium identifies how investment in natural landscapes can create triple bottom line returns – economic, social and environmental. The 2015 and 2016 symposia identified sustainable finance solutions to reach this aim and created real commitments, such as the launch of the $300 million Land Degradation Neutrality Fund (LDN Fund) – a public-private partnership for landscape restoration.

This year, the symposium will highlight examples of deal structures that support restoration and sustainable landscape management, and community projects that reflect investment readiness to attract funding. In doing so, the event will connect local community practitioners, project implementers, investors, and policymakers to showcase expertise and opportunities for investment at all scales.

The Investment case is focused on concrete deliverables and a key component of this approach is the set of sustainable financial mechanisms that the event will explain and expand upon.

These mechanisms include Green Bonds, which are the proceeds from bonds that benefit the environment and advance the sustainability in landscape management, and the utilization of existing, investment-worthy asset classes. The event will also engage with blended finance initiatives that make use of public and philanthropic funds to mobilize private capital flows in support of emerging and frontier markets. Finally, innovations from the world of Fintech and their applications for sustainability will feature throughout the conference.

Key questions

1

Measuring Progress

Is there an opportunity to streamline reporting requirements to encourage the flow of private capital to sustainable land use?

2

Rights

How can investment deals be structured to promote improvements in not only landscape health, but also governance and tenure security?

3

Finance

How can innovations in FinTech, like blockchain technology, improve supply chain transparency and incentivize investment

4

Restoration

What lessons can be learned from the recognition of timber management as an asset class to establish similar status for land restoration?

The people you'll meet

The conference is founded on the premise of connecting cutting-edge research, private sector funds and communities on the ground.  As a participant, you will meet experts in a diverse range of disciplines, corporate actors, development professionals, indigenous community representatives and entrepreneurs.

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