December 19, 2017 - December 20, 2017

Inclusive Landscapes Finance Pavilion – GLF Bonn 2017

World Conference Centre, Bonn, Germany

Join us at the Inclusive Landscapes Finance Pavilion throughout GLF for engaging discussions on all aspects of landscapes finance.

We’ll be streaming most of the sessions via Facebook Live. See the agenda below to find the video feeds.

Hosted by the Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative, this pavilion will advance discussion, collaboration and partnerships around the topics of inclusive landscape investment models, how good governance and landscape finance are connected, finance and investment coordination at the landscape level, and innovative new financing mechanisms to support integrated landscapes.  

Make connections that will help you make investments that deliver financial, social and environmental returns in partnership with local people. Learn about tools and support that can help you access the right types of finance for your landscape’s goals. Find out more about research, programs and projects that support inclusivity in landscape investment. Discover how to get started in your own institution or landscape, and who can help.

Event Details

Day One


Setting a Learning Challenge on Finance for GLF attendees

In this opening session of our pavilion, we will use an open facilitation process (inviting people to join no matter when they arrive during the session) to introduce the concepts of inclusive finance and invite GLF attendees to gather intelligence on this topic in every session they attend, at our pavilion or elsewhere, throughout the event. Specifically, we will ask, “What does inclusion mean to the various communities at GLF? What is different between their understandings of this term?” “What are the hidden challenges for finance you hear?” “What is preventing funds from flowing when people say ‘funding is a challenge’?” “Who are funders of landscape approaches currently?” “Are there funders of landscapes who don’t think of themselves that way?” “What do people in your community of practice (landscape manager, scientist, donor, government, etc.) need to know about finance that they currently do not? Where would they learn it?”

People will be encouraged to tweet what they are learning using the hashtags #InclusiveFinance and #ThinkLandscape, and post their findings on sticky notes on a special space in the pavilion throughout the two days. These lessons will be incorporated into the session Building Blocks for Landscape Finance Learning on the afternoon of the second day.

Organizers: Wageningen UR, EcoAgriculture Partners (Secretariat LPFN)


Regional Marketplaces to Catalyze Restoration Finance in Africa

Between USD 36 and 49 billion of investments are needed every year to achieve ambitious restoration goals (including the Bonn Challenge, New York Declaration on Forests, Land Degradation Neutrality and more). The main barrier to tackling these amounts is not the lack of investors willing to engage but rather the lack of knowledge of stakeholders on the variety of financing opportunities and how to get ready to access them. By bridging this gap, investment roundtables offer platforms to explore the variety of investment opportunities leading to environmental, social, economic & financial returns. In this session we seek to demonstrate how investment roundtables have helped make inclusive finance deals happen, and catalyze partnerships for the organization of a global set of gatherings in 2018.

Speakers: Louis Wertz (Landscapes for People, Food and Nature Initiative), Mamadou Diakhite (NEPAD), Ludwig Liagre (Global Mechanism of the UNCCD), Faustine Zoveda (FAO)

Organizer: FAO

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Financing Landscapes Film Session

During the lunch hour we will gather to watch a set of short films that tell exciting tales of landscape regeneration. We will then have a guided discussion with representatives of the projects about what these films and the landscapes they describe have to say about how we finance integrated landscape management and restoration and what we can do better.

Films will include:

  • Rehabilitating Tunisian Oases – The Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Organizer: The Global Environment Facility


Growing Forest & Landscape Restoration Finance

The Forest Landscape Restoration (FLR) political process reached an outstanding importance with the Bonn Challenge and New York Declaration on Forests. However, mobilising funds and overcome the finance gap to achieve FLR at scale remains a big challenge.

This session builds on two ongoing efforts to overcome these challenges:

FAO and EcoAgriculture Partners are developing a publication aimed at identifying most efficient ways and means to channel finance to the ground for maximising impact of restoration activities. A number of success stories exist and lessons can be learned from these to help countries in mainstreaming local finance in their restoration efforts;

WWF Germany organised in the side-lines of the Global Landscape Forum, a workshop dedicated to present public and private financed FLR initiatives and financing mechanisms, hear about investor’s financing requirements and project developer’s perspectives related to implementation, seeking solutions to overcome the financing gap and attract more private financing to scale up FLR projects.

We will also have the opportunity to enjoin a conversation with experts and the audience on how to accelerate the finance vehicles that are bringing funding to the ground for restoration.

Speakers: Yougha von Laer (WWF DE), Seth Shames (EcoAgriculture Partners)

Moderator: Luis Neves Silva (WWF New Generation Plantations Platform)

Panelists: Faustine Zoveda (FAO), Paul Chatterton (WWF Landscape Finance Lab), Mads Asprem (Project developer)

Organizers: FAO, WWF

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Making Green Bonds Work for Landscapes

Green Bonds are a promising instrument to finance a range of “green” assets. The market for Green Bonds has risen from $36.6 billion in 2014 to a projected $130 billion in 2017 and is set to grow further. The underlying projects that are being financed by Green Bonds are generally technology focused. Can landscape initiatives benefit from this source of financing? And what about other financial innovations, such as Green Impact Bonds?

The Dutch Enterprise Agency (RVO) and IUCN Netherlands, at the request of the NL Ministry of Economic Affairs, researched these questions. This session will describe these research findings and suggests solutions on how Green Bonds can be made compatible with landscape initiatives. Furthermore, we will share insights and ask for your input on other innovative financing mechanisms.


Caroline van Leenders, Senior Advisor Sustainable Transitions, Dutch Enterprise Agency
Gerhard Mulder, Senior Expert Green Finance, IUCN NL
Jaspreet Stamm, Investment Manager, Finance-in-Motion

Organizers: IUCN NL, Dutch Enterprise Agency

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Day Two


Women in Landscapes Finance networking session

During this informal welcome session, women leaders in landscape finance gather over coffee for a lightly-facilitated discussion on the importance of women’s leadership in advancing inclusive finance and the opportunities specifically in investing in women-owned agricultural and restoration enterprises.

Facilitator: Caroline van Leenders, senior advisor sustainable transitions, Dutch Enterprise Agency


Governance & Finance: Two Sides of the Same Coin

In this session we discuss the knowledge gaps and necessary actions to scale best practice of Responsible Land Based Investments, by highlighting the intricate connections between governance and finance.

What governance needs to be in place to facilitate investments in a broader landscape context? And who invests to bring governance towards a standard where private sector can operate responsibly?

Our expert panel will reflect on current efforts in improving land governance supported by donor funding and how it links to efforts from financial institutions and private sector to generate sustainable landscape finance and to conduct proper due diligence as well as
community engagement in their daily business practices.

Julian Quan, Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, consultant with DFID – LEGEND
Christian Schulze, FAO Sierra Leone
Duncan Gromko, Unique Forestry and Land Use
Lenny Martinez, 12Tree

Seth Shames, EcoAgriculture Partners

Organizers: Solidaridad Network, EcoAgriculture Partners

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Attracting Investment to your Landscape

This session hopes to bring together investors and landscape leaders that will learn how the Landscapes Investment and Finance Toolkit (LIFT, can help them to break ground in finding and engineering finance for landscape Initiatives. LIFT was specifically developed by IUCN NL and EcoAgriculture Partners for multi-stakeholder landscape initiatives. It helps actors sit down together and identify priority financing opportunities and find the right investors for these propositions and helps landscape leaders specifically to identify financial streams and institutions that are present within the landscape. After Omer van Renterghem of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands introduces the tool, the examples of the two initial pilot trials, in Philippines and Honduras, will be presented. IUCN and Solidaridad are committed to test and further refine the tool in practice, and we are excited about the prospect of other partners for continued development. Come and learn more!


Omer van Renterghem, Theme expert Land, water and ecosystems at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
Seth Shames, Director of Policy and Markets, EcoAgriculture Partners
Gerhard Mulder, Senior Expert Green Finance, IUCN NL
Michaelyn Baur, Managing Director, Solidaridad Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean

Organizers: IUCN NL, EcoAgriculture Partners

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Creating an Investor Community of Practice in support of the African Landscapes Action Plan

In this session, Louis Wertz of EcoAgriculture Partners will introduce the African Landscapes Action Plan, which was issued in 2014 and updated at the African Landscapes Dialogue in March 2017, with particular focus on the status of action items in finance. Then we will turn our attention to a particular action item, which calls for the creation of a Community of Practice for investors in African landscapes, to increase knowledge of landscape approaches and improve deal flow. Caroline van Leenders of the Dutch Enterprise Agency will describe early progress on creating such a CoP, and facilitate a discussion about next steps to advance it, with the intention of setting an agenda for a follow-up meeting and/or series of virtual meetings, and gathering names and contact information of members.

Organizers: EcoAgriculture Partners, Dutch Enterprise Agency

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Financing Landscapes Film Session

During the lunch hour we will gather to watch a set of short films that tell exciting tales of landscape regeneration. We will then have a guided discussion with representatives of the projects about what these films and the landscapes they describe have to say about how we finance integrated landscape management and restoration and what we can do better.

Films will include:

Solidaridad Sustainable Ganga Landscape Programme: Mobilizing agriculture and industry towards water stewardship

Our Global Commons: Sustainable Land Management – The GEF

Restored Seasonal Pastures Feed More Livestock in Kazakhstan – The GEF


Inclusive Finance and Business Models with Smallholders

With investing in landscapes and smallholders, there is an increasing need for companies, financiers and investors to go from a ‘do-no harm’ approach to a ‘do-good’ approach. Thereby, local farmers and producers are not seen as a challenge, but as an opportunity to mobilize local people’s resources and capacities as partners, suppliers and/ or shareholders. This will not only help to protect from and mitigate corporate risks, but it will also provide opportunities to contribute more meaningfully to local development processes; thereby enhancing the contribution of businesses to the SDG-objectives.
An increasing group of investors and companies embark on such inclusive finance and business models providing useful experiences and lessons on the way forward. These efforts are supported by a growing number of intermediary organizations and service providers.
In this session, a variety of ‘do-good’ experiences about inclusive financing and business models are shared from various perspectives. The audience is encouraged to actively contribute to the session by asking and responding to questions and taking part in the plenary discussion.

Representative from FMO (the Dutch Development Bank)
Carina van der Laan, SNV (Netherlands Development organisation)
Marcelo Cardozo (MINGA, indigenous communities cooperative in Chiqatania, Bolivia)
Francesca Nugnes, Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) International
Paul Hol, Sustainable Forestry Investments


René Boot, director Tropenbos International

Organizers: Tropenbos International, CGIAR FTA

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Building Blocks for Landscape Finance Learning

During this session, after introducing the Landscape Academy to those who don’t know it, we will compile the feedback from the learning challenge we set at the beginning of Day One, and ask participants to work with us to answer a few key questions based on our collective knowledge: What information should a module on landscapes finance contain? Who should it be for, and what do they need to know? What can you or your organization contribute to this module? Who else should be working on it with us? What are concrete next steps for the co-development of this module?

We will put the answers to these questions together like blocks, to create an outline and plan for the Landscape Finance Module of the Landscape Academy, along with a team that will carry it forward.

Organizers: Wageningen UR


Inclusive Landscapes Finance Pavilion Summary Session

A panelist from each pavilion partner organization will provide a three-minute key insights/lessons from their sessions, which are captured on flipcharts. Then, a short moderated discussion follows, in which comments on these lessons are noted and edits are made in consensus, allowing the Pavilion to offer a concise summary of the most important takeaways and key messages about inclusive landscapes finance to all GLF attendees and the public.