Restore Africa: Connecting Community-Led Solutions to the Carbon Market

The Global EverGreening Alliance is announcing a partnership that will launch a landmark carbon program to restore landscapes across six African countries as part of its Restore Africa initiative. As pioneers for multi-sector collaboration, we’re driving Natural Capital Investment to support the transition to climate-smart landscapes through the most simple and scalable approaches.

Join Restore Africa representatives for a launchpad event announcing the details of the project, including a video and insights from crucial players in the restoration sector. With the support of the Alliance’s 60+ members, financial institutions are stepping up as global climate leaders to prove what is possible.

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Developing an Investment Case for Inclusive Food System Transformation

Smallholder communities, cooperatives and small enterprises produce up to 60% of the world’s food. They also meet their demands for fuelwood, fodder and other tree and forest products, and trade surpluses locally and beyond. However, smallholders are rarely consulted when designing value chain or conservation-driven investment initiatives, and such investments tend to benefit only those who directly contribute to the company or donor goals. And though the local economy is stimulated, limited attention is given to ‘the bigger picture, including the need to move towards social equity and sustainable landscape management. Farmers also have limited access to finance for improving and diversifying their production, and which would discourage the need to move to frontier areas.

Landscape analysis of financial flows has confirmed that landscape-level investments do improve average income, but they rarely contribute to maintaining or enhancing essential ecosystem services on which communities directly depend, and do little to enhance food security or the capacity to adapt to climate change. In a study in 2019, barriers were identified that restrict smallholder access to finance and hinder food system transformation, but few successful examples were documented.

Now, after coordinating seven case studies of locally-led initiatives in 2021, we can see how locally driven initiatives have been able to overcome challenges of risk, scale, locally appropriate financial and non-financial services, etc. To better address how both local needs and international objectives can be achieved, results from selected case studies are used in this session to answer two key questions.
(a) How to make local innovations complementary to internationally driven initiatives?
(b) What investment mechanisms address the finance needs of all actors at the landscape level?

Join us to learn the answers to these questions, through the presentation of two cases, a joint discussion with a researcher, an NGO and an impact investor about the lessons to be learned with participation from the audience through responding to guided questions and a Q&A session. In the end recommendations for a way forward for a framework for locally-led, inclusive financing mechanisms that enable the inclusive transformation of the food systems will be given.

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Accelerating Tomorrow’s Climate Finance Leaders

The International Climate Finance Accelerator (ICFA) is a unique public-private partnership created in May 2018 in Luxembourg with the aim to support and scale innovative and high-impact climate solutions by accelerating first- and second-time fund managers with a developed and tested investment strategy focusing on key climate areas. The ICFA responds to the operational, administrative, and financial barriers faced by nascent fund managers and the strong need to bring investable climate finance projects to fund investors. A total of 23 climate fund managers have been onboarded to the program, who are expected to raise well over one billion euros in assets under management. The panelists will showcase their funds and their acceleration journeys so far.

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Rethinking Supply Chains: Transforming Business Practices to Enable Ecosystem Restoration

To counteract the climate and biodiversity crises it will not be enough to establish deforestation-free supply chains. It will be necessary to develop nature-positive supply chains, which actively support healthy ecosystems. Pioneering projects have showcased that supply chain transformation is possible. Together with project implementers and representatives from private businesses, this session illustrates innovative approaches and examines existing barriers for upscaling. The identified possibilities and barriers will also be discussed in the broader context of a much-needed transformative change of today’s economic and financial systems to address underlying socio-economic drivers.

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Making Climate Finance Work for Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

Join a discussion between Indigenous Peoples leaders who support a new perspective in the climate financing architecture that can directly support indigenous and local communities. They will share guiding principles needed to ensure that forest conservation finance from the public and private sector is distributed equitably and directly to forest communities.

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Investing in Nature for People and the Planet: Innovative Financing for Landscape Restoration, Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Action

Agriculture, forestry, and land use change produce almost a quarter of global GHG emissions, and agriculture, as the largest user of land and water globally, significantly impacts forests, grasslands, wetlands, and biodiversity. Unsustainable food and land use systems currently generate “hidden” environmental, health, and poverty costs estimated at almost $12 trillion per year. Major changes are needed.

Aware of these challenges, governments and private actors across the globe are taking action to slow deforestation, restore degraded lands, and establish sustainable agricultural practices through landscape approaches. Such approaches can help communities recover from the COVID crisis by providing jobs and improving livelihoods while delivering on carbon sequestration, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services benefits such as water security and improved agriculture productivity. Financing for landscape programs is fundamental to implementing and scaling up such programs.

This session will highlight how blending finance from different sources (results-based climate finance, grants, loans, public resources and private investments) enables the integrated cross-sectoral approaches needed to deliver such programs and address sustainable landscape management issues at scale. It will highlight programs such as innovative Emissions Reduction Programs (ERPs) that are now disbursing results-based payments, growing interest in financing for nature-based solutions, initiatives to green finance, and the potential to repurpose significant public funding and incentives through subsidy reform. The session will also highlight initial findings from the Financial Task Force for the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration.

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Increasing Local Impacts: From Finance Commitments to Bold Action

Less than 2% of all climate finance flows are currently channeled to small-scale farmers (IFAD, 2020). Nature-based solutions (NbS) have the potential to reconcile social, economic and environmental interests. If financed at the level required, they can generate positive impacts for rural populations, including green jobs, long-term provision of ecosystem services, and climate change adaptation and mitigation benefits. This plenary will address possible ways of solving the funding gap for local communities and explore good practices for greening finance and financing green with potential for local impacts at scale. Reflecting on the key messages and proposals discussed during the day, the plenary will lay out concrete actions to be taken by various stakeholders – including the private sector – in order to increase sustainable finance flows for NbS. The session will also highlight lessons learned and good practices on how sustainable value chains and financing mechanisms can improve financing for NbS and benefit-sharing.

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Climate Talk 15

The GLF “Climate Talks” segment provides a picture of what is already happening to trigger positive tipping points by bringing the visions, stories, innovations and climate actions from the GLF community to the global stage. Tune in throughout the GLF Climate Hybrid Conference to get inspired by the experts, innovators and business leaders who are disrupting business as usual and driving forward new frontiers in the forest, food and finance sectors.

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Climate Talk 13

The GLF “Climate Talks” segment provides a picture of what is already happening to trigger positive tipping points by bringing the visions, stories, innovations and climate actions from the GLF community to the global stage. Tune in throughout the GLF Climate Hybrid Conference to get inspired by the experts, innovators and business leaders who are disrupting business as usual and driving forward new frontiers in the forest, food and finance sectors.

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