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Digital and financial innovations for climate change adaptation and mitigation in NR systems

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9 Nov 2020

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is organizing  with the CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) led by CIFOR, a webinar on ‘Digital and Financial Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in NR Systems’.

Natural rubber consumption and production is impacted by climate change. With no doubt the physical impacts of climate change are likely to have a disproportionate impact on the poorest countries, regions, and sectors of society. Climate finance has a critical role to play, notably by catalysing and aligning domestic and international financial flows to foster green and resilient development. Sustainability-linked credit facilities to smallholders could be a successful model to address sustainability commitments.   Digital innovation can play an important role in ensuring transparency, efficiency, and sustainability in supply chain and to boost agriculture yield and reduce carbon emissions.  The question here is if we can turn this digital revolution into climate action and, most importantly if we can do it before it is too late.

The proposed webinar organised by IRSG and CIFOR/FTA has the goal to investigate how digital and financial innovations could effectively impact the resilience of natural rubber systems in providing effective tools for an active response to climate change and its effects.

Limited to 100 seats –> Register here!

Synopsis

The International Rubber Study Group (IRSG) is organizing  with the CGIAR research program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA) led by CIFOR, a webinar on ‘Digital and Financial Innovations for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation in NR Systems’.

Natural rubber consumption and production is impacted by climate change. With no doubt the physical impacts of climate change are likely to have a disproportionate impact on the poorest countries, regions, and sectors of society. Climate finance has a critical role to play, notably by catalysing and aligning domestic and international financial flows to foster green and resilient development. Sustainability-linked credit facilities to smallholders could be a successful model to address sustainability commitments.   Digital innovation can play an important role in ensuring transparency, efficiency, and sustainability in supply chain and to boost agriculture yield and reduce carbon emissions.  The question here is if we can turn this digital revolution into climate action and, most importantly if we can do it before it is too late.

The proposed webinar organised by IRSG and CIFOR/FTA has the goal to investigate how digital and financial innovations could effectively impact the resilience of natural rubber systems in providing effective tools for an active response to climate change and its effects.

Programme

9 November 2020, Monday 

4:30pm – 7:10pm (GMT+8 Singapore time)

4:30pm    Welcome Speech (Moderator)
Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary-General, International Rubber Study Group

Session 1: Low carbon, Climate resilient landscape for CC: Catalyst for Transformational Solutions 

4:35pm   Overview of financing and revenue options to sustainably manage and
renovate natural rubber plantations

Dr Michael Brady, Team Leader, Value Chains, Finance and Investment, CIFOR/FTA

5:00pm   Importance of farmer capacity building for successful farmer financing
Ernest E. Bethe III, Principal Operations Officer, Manufacturing, Agribusiness
and Services, IFC

5:25pm   Sustainable solutions for a carbon neutral tyre industry
Gajendra Sareen Singh, Founder and CEO, Omni United Singapore

5:50pm   Questions and Answers (Q&A)
Moderator:
Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary-General, International Rubber Study Group

6:00pm   Break

Session 2: Leveraging Digital technology and Financial innovation

6:10pm   Application of digital technologies in agriculture for inclusive and sustainable
development

Armen Harutyunyan, Senior Advisor,UNDP Global Centre for Technology,
Innovation and Sustainable Development

6:30pm  The digital governance imperative in an age of digital transformation
Guy Pearce, Chief Digital Officer and Chief Data Officer, Convergence.Tech

6:45pm  The Role of Digital Technologies in Accessing Sustainable Finance for Natural
Rubber Plantations, Promoting Sustainable Development and Green Jobs

Jim Whitestone, Chief Environmental Officer and Chief Economist,
Convergence.Tech

7:00pm  Questions and Answers (Q&A)
Moderator:
Salvatore Pinizzotto, Secretary-General, International Rubber Study Group

7:10pm  -End of Webinar-


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