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Scaling-up innovative finance for sustainable landscapes: Wrapping up the e-dialogue


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An aerial shot of Southern Nepal. Photo by Chandra Shekhar Karki/CIFOR.

Agriculture, forestry and other land uses are central to the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). They may also contribute up to 20% of emission reductions needed to achieve the Paris mitigation target. Notably, nearly 60% of food production is produced by smallholders (<20 ha) who are undoubtedly the most vulnerable to climate change. The CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), together with Tropenbos International have organized a series of events aiming to enrich our discussion on barriers to inclusive sustainable finance and we reach the most vulnerable and marginalized.

After a set of interviews conducted at the beginning of 2019, a Digital Summit was organized, then followed by an e-dialogue to enrich an ongoing study via on-line discussion (the current state of the study is summarized in this white paper). Finally the discussion went live on Saturday, 30 November 2019 at the GLF Luxembourg in the prestigious European Convention Center. The outstanding panel discussions brought together many voices and different perspectives from the various stakeholders in landscape finance.

Rounding off the consultation phase of our study we will talk to three practitioners in the field of inclusive finance through an open-access Digital Summit. These are people who have been dealing with financial barriers from the receiver point of view: women groups in Ghana, indigenous people in Peru and people designing payment for ecosystem services in Kenya.

Join this open-access Digital Summit to follow the discussions and share you own experiences in dealing with barriers to finance your sustainable land use practices. You will be able to follow the event live and also pose questions via a chat box – don’t miss this opportunity!


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  • FTA side-event at GLF ACCRA

FTA side-event at GLF ACCRA


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Much of the forest estate in the global south is owned and directly managed by governments. State ownership of forests upon which communities rely can restrict the ability of local people to participate in decisions about how forests should be used and benefits shared.

This interactive session features research from Madagascar and Tanzania on how strong use and management rights to trees and forests, alongside effective local governance and various public and private incentives, have catalyzed adoption of restoration practices by local communities. Panelists also will share the latest diagnostic tools for identifying where and how tenure security can be strengthened for FLR investments.

Further information and resources can be found below:

>> Information on the FTA Side Event can be accessed here.

>> Register for the GLF Accra event here.


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  • CFS 46 - Side Event 13 - Agroforestry, an agro-ecological pathway for SDG2

CFS 46 – Side Event 13 – Agroforestry, an agro-ecological pathway for SDG2


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15 October 2019, Rome, Italy - CFS 46 Side Event: SE068 Transforming Our Food System: Scaling Up Action for Improved Nutrition. Organizers: CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM); Nestle; Danone; Nuffield International; 4H International; Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Committee on World Food Security, 46th Session, 14-18 October 2019, FAO headquarters (Iraq Room).
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This event is part of the 46th sessions of the Committee on World Food Security, CFS 46.

Organized by FTA, SIANI and Vi Agroforestry.

Simultaneous interpretation available (EN, FR, SP).


The High Level Panel of Experts (HLPE) report on Agroecological and other innovative approaches for sustainable agriculture and food systems that enhance food security and nutrition has shown that agriculture and agricultural research must evolve towards systemic approaches embracing economic, social and environmental objectives.

Agroforestry is one of these approaches delivering benefits at local and global level, offering a range of exemplary systems by which agriculture can concretely show its contribution to SDG2 on food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture, as well as to a range of other objectives.

This event will gather a multi-stakeholder panel to discuss, in the perspective of the HLPE report and the recommendations of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the opportunities, but also challenges, to scale-up agroforestry. The objective will be to share experiences and lessons learned among a diverse set of panelists and with the audience on options and solutions in terms of technical, institutional, and policy support to the development of agroforestry, from the perspective of the realization of the SDGs.

Agenda:

Introduction: Vincent Gitz, Director, CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA)

Panel discussion:

  • Per Callenberg, State Secretary for the Minister of Rural Affairs, Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden
  • Fergus SinclairHLPE, FTA, ICRAF
  • Esther PenuniaSecretary General of AFA (Asian Farmers’ Association for Sustainable Rural Development), Philippines and Civil Society Mechanism of the CFS
  • Nur AmaliaNational Social Forestry Working Group, Ministry of Environment and Forestry of the Republic of Indonesia
  • Ewald Rametsteiner, Deputy Director, Forestry Department, FAO
  • Caroline MuseeVi-agroforestry

Moderator: Maria SchultzAgroforestry Network, Vi-agroforestry


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  • The 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture 2019

The 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture 2019


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The 5th Global Science Conference on Climate-Smart Agriculture aims to mobilize the global CSA community to deliver the transformation required in the agricultural sector.

The conference will bring together key actors, from diverse perspectives and regions, including policy makers, government officials, development champions and practitioners, private sector actors and scientists from across the world. Find out more about the conference here »

The FTA Director will give an opening speech at the Side Event:

Food System Resilience in the context of CSA
Wednesday 9th Oct | 17:00 – 18:30
Jasmine room

Session Objectives

  • To raise awareness within the CSA community of the need to include resilience thinking in planning their work.
  • To consolidate collaboration between GFS-FSR and CIFOR/FTA on resilience issues.
  • To collect material for a possible short paper for submission as a Commentary to Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development.

Chairperson/Moderator

Dr John Ingram, University of Oxford

Rapporteur

Prof Bill Belloti, University of Queensland


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  • FTA @ XXV IUFRO World Congress

FTA @ XXV IUFRO World Congress


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The air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, they all depend on the world’s forests.

You may not aware of it, but forests and trees provide a wide range of benefits to people, both in rural communities and urban centers worldwide. The benefits span from environmental, social and even cultural aspects. Thus, the conservation and sustainable management of forests and trees are closely linked to globally important societal challenges.

FTA will take part at the XXV IUFRO World Congress in Curitiba, Brazil, to present our latest work related to a range of topics addressed in the congress, including environmental protection, sustainable economic development, food security, health, water and energy resource provision, and climate change.

Find more details.


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  • Toward Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia: Reconciling Economic Development and Forest Conservation

Toward Sustainable Palm Oil in Indonesia: Reconciling Economic Development and Forest Conservation


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Oil palm, a multipurpose crop, is in many ways emblematic of key economic, social and environmental challenges and opportunities. The rapid growth of palm oil demand worldwide, and the rapid expansion of oil palm plantations in the tropics, including in Indonesia, has put the crop at the center of controversies (Rival and Levang, 2014).

Palm oil has many uses, from food and energy to several other industrial uses. Palm oil can be used for cooking, and in making margarine, detergents and cosmetics. Since the last decade, palm oil has also been used as a key feedstock for biofuels in some countries as they try to diversify their energy supply (Soh et al. 2003; Murphy 2007; Ngando-Ebongue et al. 2012). Thus, the increased global demand for food, energy and other industrial uses products triggers an increased demand for palm oil.

For Indonesia, oil palm contributes significantly to the national development. In 2017, its export value reached USD 23 billion (Reily and Ekarina 2018; Tim Riset PASPI 2018). Oil palm also contributed 17% of the agricultural gross domestic product (GDP) in 2014 (MoA 2015). In addition, according to the 2013 agricultural census, about 2 million smallholders cultivate oil palm (BPS 2013).

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  • FTA Digital Summit on Inclusive Finance

FTA Digital Summit on Inclusive Finance


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Within the framework of the CGIAR Research Program on Forests, Trees and Agroforestry (FTA), Tropenbos International and the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) have initiated a project on inclusive finance. This project includes eight interviews with key stakeholders involved in forest and tree product finance in developing countries and a summary of existing documentation on the topic.

This process, or learning journey, now enters into a consultative, interactive phase. During this phase, we invite you to share your thoughts on finance for inclusive and sustainable landscapes with experts on the topic.

Join us on 9 July 2019, 14:00 Central European Summer Time (CEST), for a Digital Summit on Inclusive Finance organized by FTA and hosted by the Global Landscapes Forum (GLF).

Pauline Nantongo of Ecotrust in Uganda, Juan Carlos Gonzalez Aybar of Althelia Funds and an impact investment manager from Mirova, and Marco Boscolo, forestry officer in the policy, governance and economics group of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) will discuss their experiences and thoughts on the way forward for the upscaling of innovative finance mechanisms that support sustainable landscapes and consider the smallholders within these landscapes.

REGISTER FOR THE DIGITAL SUMMIT HERE.


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  • INBAR Garden at International Horticultural Exhibition 2019

INBAR Garden at International Horticultural Exhibition 2019


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On April 29, the International Horticultural Exhibition (Expo 2019) will open just outside Beijing, China. The theme of the Exhibition is ‘Live Green, Live Better’, and it is set to be one of the largest expositions ever held: it covers 500 hectares of land, runs for six months, and will be visited by a number of heads of state as well as an estimated 16 million guests.

FTA partner, the International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation (INBAR), has been invited to host a large garden at the Expo 2019, to promote the use of nature-based solutions for sustainable development and environmental protection.

For more information, visit the event website.

For more information on the INBAR Garden, click here.


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  • Global Landscapes Forum Luxembourg

Global Landscapes Forum Luxembourg


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Photo credit: (Under Creative Commons license) View of Luxembourg and German Moselle River by Marc Ben Fatma, Benny Marc on Flickr

In the world’s center of green finance, the 4th international finance symposium will continue to build the investment case for financing sustainable land use and landscape restoration, featuring insights from successful public-private partnerships in promoting sustainable investment.

FTA organizes an interactive discussion at the upcoming GLF Luxembourg 2019 with prominent investors and beneficiaries to discuss challenges and opportunities to the upscaling of finance for inclusive and sustainable landscapes.

Read more about the FTA @ GLF Luxembourg here.

Register to the conference and join us!


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  • 25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC

25th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 25) to the UNFCCC


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Image of Ifema, venue where the COP25 of Madrid ISTOCK will be organized

The UNFCCC secretariat (UN Climate Change) was established in 1992 when countries adopted the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The secretariat organizes and supports between two and four negotiating sessions each year. The largest and most important is the Conference of the Parties (COP), held annually and hosted in different locations around the globe.

FTA hosts side events on COP25:

COP 25 will take place in Madrid, Spain, this year. For more information check the event page.


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  • Committee on World Food Security (CFS 46)

Committee on World Food Security (CFS 46)


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15 October 2019, Rome, Italy - CFS 46 Side Event: SE068 Transforming Our Food System: Scaling Up Action for Improved Nutrition. Organizers: CFS Private Sector Mechanism (PSM); Nestle; Danone; Nuffield International; 4H International; Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) Committee on World Food Security, 46th Session, 14-18 October 2019, FAO headquarters (Iraq Room).
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The CFS 46th Plenary session will start on the 14th October and run until 18th October. FTA is proud to be part of this exciting week, being present with 2 interesting events: join us!

  1. Side Event 44 – Partnering for impact: a research and development response to SDG2 – Tuesday 15 October 13h00-14h30 (CET) | Lebanon Room (Room D209 Building D 2nd Floor) [Download Agenda here]
    Moderation by Vincent Gitz, FTA Director
  2. Side Event 13 – Agroforestry, an agro-ecological pathway for SDG2: A multistakeholder event to discuss ways to scale-up agroforestry – Thursday 17 October 13h00-14h30 (CET) | Lebanon Room (Room D209 Building D 2nd Floor)
    An event organized by FTA, SIANI and Vi Agroforestry

The Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the most inclusive international and intergovernmental platform for all stakeholders to work together in a coordinated way to ensure food security and nutrition for all. Be part of it!

For more information about CFS 46 Plenary Week, check the event page.


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  • ASEAN Bamboo Congress 2019

ASEAN Bamboo Congress 2019


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Photo by Marlon del Aguila Guerrero/CIFOR

The Bamboo Congress aims to provide a venue for an international forum for exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environment strategies within ASEAN region.

For more information, visit the event website.


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  • Global Landscapes Forum Bonn

Global Landscapes Forum Bonn


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The 2019 annual GLF event will focus the world’s attention on the fundamental importance of rights to address the current environmental crisis. Linking people to landscapes, the GLF will explore the essential contributions of indigenous peoples, local communities, and rural and indigenous women and youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Agreement on climate change, highlighting the transformative role of rights and rights-based approaches for securing a more just, sustainable and prosperous future for all.

Bound to be the year’s biggest international event on rights, GLF Bonn 2019 will leverage the Forum’s platforms to support the widespread adoption of a rights-based approach to sustainability that recognizes and protects rural and indigenous rights and their critical role as nature’s stewards. The GLF aims to make this year a turning point for how rights, traditional knowledge and proposed solutions from the ground are respected, considered and implemented in policy, action and investment cycles globally. Connect, share, learn and act with the GLF in Kyoto and be part of the change!

For more information, check the event website.


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  • Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at the Bonn Climate Change Conference

Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at the Bonn Climate Change Conference


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The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) at the Bonn Climate Change Conference is one of two permanent subsidiary bodies to the Convention established by the COP/CMP. It supports the work of the COP, the CMP and the CMA through the provision of timely information and advice on scientific and technological matters as they relate to the Convention, its Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement.

Key areas of work for the SBSTA include the impacts, vulnerability and adaptation to climate changepromoting the development and transfer of environmentally-sound technologies and conducting technical work to improve the guidelines for preparing and reviewing greenhouse gas emission inventories from Annex I Parties. The SBSTA carries out methodological work under the Convention, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement, and promotes collaboration in the field of research and systematic observation of the climate system.

The 50th session of SBSTA will take place from June 17-27, 2019, in Bonn, Germany. For more information, check the event page.


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  • Global Landscapes Forum Kyoto

Global Landscapes Forum Kyoto


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Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) Kyoto will focus on how we can tackle climate change from the landscape. On May 13, experts from science, business, policy, international development and more will come join in person – and online from around the world, to focus on sustainable landscapes as one of the keys to climate mitigation and adaptation.

The livestreamed talks at the Kyoto International Conference Center, complemented by a comprehensive digital edition with live discussions from five continents, will analyze on-the-ground solutions for the challenges highlighted by the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and in meetings taking place alongside GLF Kyoto.

Find out more at the event website.


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