Event Structure

The main symposium on June 10 will offer three types of sessions, high level and two sessions with expert clusters to maximize engagement and productivity.

Event Structure:

  1. High-level segments provide a stage for thought leaders and set incentives for the day’s discussions. A high-level opening plenary will frame the day, followed by a lunchtime keynote outlining fresh ideas for finance. The closing plenary brings together the day’s outcomes and presents the next steps to building the roadmap.
  2. A first set of expert clusters focuses on overcoming the four obstacles currently preventing sustainable finance at scale. Cluster participants will gather in smaller breakout groups to propose viable solutions, led by respected moderators and facilitators.All expert clusters will be developed by experts individuals or institutions who can showcase success or provide solutions in overcoming these obstacles. Cluster facilitators will be responsible for bringing together case studies, best practices and the individuals who can add to those. Each cluster will be framed by a white paper with clear objectives for the cluster participants.Proposed topics for the first expert clusters include:
    • Tenure and governance
    • Risk management
    • Business case for landscapes: potential returns and enhanced socio-environmental benefits
    • Tracking and measuring landscape indicators/outcomes: financial, environmental and social

    Within expert clusters, Chatham House Rule applies: A global outreach campaign will be carried out in the lead up to the symposium and media announcements and press conferences will be released and conducted after the meeting’s conclusion to highlight results.

  3. A second set of expert clusters in the afternoon rearranges breakouts around existing or pilot funds or mechanisms needed to channel the flow of sustainable finance to land-use sectors. As with the first set of expert clusters, facilitators will be selected among experienced institutions and individuals. All funds or mechanisms presented will be well developed and ready for piloting, scaling up or further development.In preparation of this set of expert clusters, facilitating organizations will prepare short white papers that present the proposed fund or mechanism, current status of development and open questions that need to be answered before the next phase can be entered. These questions will provide the basis for discussions. In the lead-up to the event, cluster facilitators will specify their target audience or participants.Each cluster will emerge with a long-term roadmap for next steps that will provide the basis for follow-up discussions. These will be presented in the closing ceremony and taken forward towards possible high-level launches at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris.

Proposed topics (these are proposed topics as examples) focus on existing models for and lessons (TBC):

  • The Landscape Fund (presented by CIFOR)
  • The Danone Livelihoods Fund (III)
  • Green Bonds (TBD)
  • Carbon markets and pricing (TBD)
  • Investible REDD+ financing mechanisms
  • Stock and capital markets and mechanisms (TBD)
  • Financing sustainable commodity supply chains
  • Athelia Climate Fund *(and successors)
  • Public-Private partnerships.

Both sets of cluster groups are tasked with arriving at concrete contributions to the roadmap. To support their work, a set of white papers and background documents will be circulated in advance. Expert clusters are structured as focused discussions, long speeches and panel formats are explicitly discouraged.

The second day will consist of smaller, focused investor meetings on selected topics around sustainable financing in landscapes, forests and land-based investments for those who are interested in discussing in more detail.

Expert Cluster Example: The Landscape Fund

Facilitators: CIFOR and the Munden Project

Proposed tool: The Landscape Fund – a mechanism to bring available land-use finance up to scale by providing entrepreneurs in developing countries with faster, more reliable and cheaper access to credits. Risks for investors will be managed through a protection fund and a diversified portfolio that balances economic, climate, governance, seasonal and other risks.


Proposed discussion: Using existing public sector seed funding to bring fund up to scale – possible host institution and private sector partners to be identified.

Outcome: Roadmap for bringing The Landscape Fund up to scale with profitable returns to investors.