International forum to explore business opportunities for sustainable landscapes

Targeting project developers and business champions from East Africa and investors from all over the world, the first Forest and Landscape Investment Forum (FLIF) starts on Tuesday in Kigali.

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The 2-day forum is organized by the Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) of the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation in conjunction with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the Rwanda Development Bank (BRD), as well as the Agriculture Exports Board (NAEB), the Rwanda Environment Management Agency (REMA) and the environment fund Fonerwa.

This event will promote a broad spectrum of investments in forests and landscapes for environmental, social, economic and financial returns and directly contributes to FAO’s strategic objective 2 on sustainable agriculture, and strategic objective 4 on value chains.

The forum feeds into the global development agenda, specifically sustainable development goal 15 on life on land (Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss), The Bonn Challenge (to bring 150 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land into restoration by 2020, and 350 million hectares by 2030), and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100),

FLIF provides a unique opportunity to bring together project developers, business champions, and investors in lively debate on business opportunities and challenges in agroforestry and forestry.

The ambitious restoration goals set by the global development agenda require large investments. According to a recent FAO-UNCCD analysis, between USD 36 and 49 billion of investments are needed every year to achieve these goals. FLIF will be a marketplace for effective forest and landscape investment opportunities.

However, investments in forests and landscapes are unevenly distributed worldwide. While most are made in Latin America, only 1% are in Africa. It is therefore critical to build fora and platforms to intensify interactions among project developers, business leaders and investors. FLIF offers a unique platform for exploring the potential of finance to enhance livelihoods, protect the environment and ensure food security benefits.

FLIF targets project developers and business champions from Eastern Africa, in particular from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, as well as investors from all over the world who seek business opportunities in sustainable landscapes. It will showcase business opportunities in forests and landscapes, in particular through agroforestry and forestry value chains (wood and non-wood forest products) such as coffee, tea, timber, macadamia, silk, and cassava

The forum will host a wide-range of debates and discussions over the two days, including:

  • Business Opportunities and Challenges in Agroforestry and Forestry: What Can Business do for Forest and Landscape Restoration?
  • Forest and Landscape Business Champions: Promoting Business Innovation and Scaling-up
  • Investors and Donors Panel: Approaches, Challenges and Partnerships for Investing in Forest and Landscape Restoration
  • Incubating, Accelerating and Scaling-up Forest and Landscape Restoration Relevant Business Models
  • Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Standards and Monitoring for Responsible FLR Investments
  • Mitigating Risks for Private Sector Investments in Forest and Landscape Restoration: Which Relevant Mechanisms and Partnerships?
  • Sustaining and Catalyzing Investments for Forests and Landscapes in East Africa: Towards a Forest and Landscape Investment Platform (FLIP)

Beyond plenary sessions, a booth exhibition and targeted side-events will facilitate further dynamic interactions between participants.

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 16th May 2017

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