Wednesday, 10 June    10.15 - 12.15

Integrated landscape investments: How to encourage coordination and measure effectiveness across landscapes?

Hosts:  EcoAgriculture Partners, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Landscapes, for People Food and Nature, UNEP

Objective: A single investor or business cannot achieve integrated landscape-scale outcomes on its own; neither can public and civic actors who often operate in sectoral silos and undertake parallel planning processes at national, subnational and local scales for economic development, climate, watershed management, forestry, and biodiversity. Landscape impacts require landscape partnerships in which private and public investors engage with a group of relevant stakeholders that are collaborating to achieve landscape scale outcomes seen to be critical by each of the individual stakeholders. These kinds of landscape partnerships are on the rise, and a growing number of financial actors are looking to operate within an integrated landscape context.

This session highlighted some the most innovative private and public funds in this space including the Ecoenterprises Fund, Althelia Climate Fund, Moringa Fund, Commonland, Land Degradation Neutrality Fund, IDH’s Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA), and the Global Environmental Facility’s (GEF) Integrated Approach Pilot (IAP) program on Fostering Sustainability and Resilience for Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The session focused on the topics of:

  1. Coordinating investments within a landscape
  2. Facilitating investor engagement with landscape stakeholders
  3. Tracking progress and multiple returns at a landscape scale

This session aimed to lay the foundation for a workshop on June 11th which went even deeper into these issues in an effort to identify design principles for investors and those seeking to mobilize landscape investment.

Background reading

  1. Financing Strategies for Integrated Landscape Investment: Synthesis Report
  2. Reducing risk: Landscape Approaches to Sustainable Sourcing – Scoping Study
  3. Defining integrated landscape management for policymakers (PDF).