July 20, 2017 | 8:30 - 11 am

Business for Sustainable Landscapes: Partnering with the Private Sector to Achieve the SDGs

FAO Liaison Office for North America, Washington, D.C.

From natural resource degradation and climate change impacts to food security and community conflict, companies increasingly recognize that working in landscape partnerships can help them address critical issues that go beyond their immediate operations. What challenges do businesses face in joining landscape partnerships, and what opportunities do these partnerships provide? A recent report launched by the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative, titled Business for Sustainable Landscapes: An Action Agenda for Sustainable Development, examines these questions utilizing insights gained throughout an 18-month collaborative process led by EcoAgriculture Partners, IUCN, SAI Platform, and Sustainable Food Lab, with input from over 40 institutions. This roundtable session will focus on what has been learned about the benefits and challenges of business engagement in landscape partnerships, as well as highlight critical actions needed by businesses, financial institutions, governments, and landscape programs to improve the effectiveness of these partnerships.


John Buchanan, Acting Head, Center for Environmental Leadership in Business, Conservation International
Faustine Zoveda, Forestry Officer, Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism, FAO
Seth Shames, Director of Policy and Markets, EcoAgriculture Partners

About the Landscape Roundtables

The Roundtable is part of an on-going series of roundtable discussions focusing on climate change, agriculture, and landscapes. The series has been jointly organized by EcoAgriculture Partners and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations since 2009. This year’s series focuses on policy for integrated agricultural landscape management.

Event Details



Light Breakfast and Networking


Welcome and Introductions

Sara Scherr, President and CEO, EcoAgriculture Partners
Vimlendra Sharan, Director of the Liaison Office for North America, FAO




Group Discussion