The online open consultative process will last 2 weeks from 4-18 November.
The aim of the online dialogue is to identify further research needs and formulate recommendations that in the medium to long term can lead to upscaling finance for sustainable and inclusive landscapes.
The results of this e-Dialogue will be summarized and further discussed with mainstream stakeholders in the field of inclusive finance for landscapes during the GLF Finance event in Luxemburg the 30th of November 2019.
We look forward to your participation!
The Forest, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) program of the CGIAR aims to contribute to reducing poverty, ensuring food and nutrition security for all, addressing climate change, protecting natural resources and ecosystem services, and achieving sustainable production and consumption by enhancing the role of forests, trees and agroforestry systems in addressing these challenges. FTA considers the landscape the spatial unit appropriate to study the role of forests, trees and agroforestry in addressing the above challenges, recognizing that sustainability of landscapes depends on seeking a balance between different land uses, which achieves maximum synergies and minimizes trade-offs. Understanding how to increase investments in sustainable land uses in such landscapes, and improving their social and environmental impacts, is one of the priorities of the FTA program.
For this purpose, FTA has started with its partners CIFOR and Tropenbos International (TBI), and in collaboration with the Global Landscape Forum, a consultative process to identify the main constraints and possible solutions to upscaling finance for sustainable landscapes. As part of this process, a series of interviews have been published (http://www.foreststreesagroforestry.org/publications/research-publication/?title=Summary-and-discussion–Inclusive-finance-interviews&id=86115366) and their outcomes discussed in a digital summit in which MIROVA, EcoTrust and FAO participated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfjqJ79xuOI.
In addition, a literature study was performed on the documented experiences in finance for sustainable landscapes. These are incorporated into one draft document, which is being made available for public consultation.
In this this document, FTA, CIFOR and Tropenbos International explore the barriers for finance to reach rural smallholders and SMEs as well as to contribute to greater sustainability and climate resilience in rural landscapes in low and middle-income countries. It describes how funds flows into landscapes, identifies the barriers for this finance to reach smallholders, SMEs and communities within those landscapes, and what additional conditions that may influence the positive impacts that finance that has flown into the landscape will achieve. The authors then discuss three innovations that are aimed at transforming conventional finance flows with many undesired environmental and social effects, into finance flows with increasingly better social and environmental impacts. And finally, they ask the question of whether these innovations can address the issues that hamper scaling up of finance for sustainable landscapes