On 6 June, 2016 at the Royal Society of London, IUCN hosts a session addressing 'Removing barriers for investing in forest landscape restoration: What works where?' as part of the Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case.
Several organisations including: AMATA, Symbiosis Investimentos, FONERWA, Clarmondial and IUCN's Global Forest and Climate Change Programme and Business and Biodiversity Programme are working together to help dispel the myth that restoration is too costly and does not deliver benefits over the long term. Drawing from studies in Brazil, Ghana, Guatemala, Mexico and Rwanda, three questions directed toward potential barriers to investment were identified as crucial to the successful implementation of forest landscape restoration (FLR). They are:
- How can we close the gap between the scale of commitments and the level of funding for FLR;
- How can we generate a clearer definition of revenue-generating activities for FLR; and
- What enabling investments are required to overcome barriers to FLR?
Together, the partners have applied these critical questions to actual investment cases in selected scenarios, presented by key thought leaders in the field:
- Alex Mulisa, FONERWA Rwanda
- Bruno Mariani, Symbiosis Investimentos Brazil
- Tanja Havemann, Clarmondial
- Chris Buss, IUCN
The case studies will help steer discussion around strategies toward successful FLR investment, help bridge the gap between investors and investees, and make the case that engaging in FLR investments is a vital ingredient for achieving scale.
Read more about this topic and the discussions taking place on 6 June in the new “Removing barriers” White Paper published for the event.
As will be discussed on 6 June, through identifying and mitigating the barriers to successful to FTL investment, we will ultimately be better equipped to focus efforts on the human and ecological dividends of healthy forest landscapes that lay within reach.