Last fall, we examined a set of solutions to ramp up private sector demand for natural climate solutions. Now we turn to part two: design.
By design, we mean: What are the pieces in place (beyond a financial commitment) that you need to stand up investments in nature that are effective? That are fair? That are durable? What’s the architecture that’s needed?
As it turns out, investing in nature requires investing in people. New opportunities are rapidly emerging in this decade in the green economy – but will countries and communities be ready to seize them? A core part of Forest Trends’ strategy this decade is leadership development and capacity building.
This month’s Resilience Dispatch shares some exciting new work Forest Trends is leading to build capacity among the key players in the climate solution set.
At a global level, we’re partnering with national governments, with support from the US Department of State, to help governments understand carbon markets opportunities and formulate national climate strategies. At a regional level, we’re supporting a set of initiatives that are “networks of networks” including one focused on bioeconomy value chains spanning the Amazon. And at the community level, we’re launching a new effort with the Climate and Land Use Alliance to offer a climate finance training program and knowledge platform specifically for indigenous peoples. More information on all of these efforts is below.
Just last week, our team was in Cacoal, Brazil, where Forest Trends and GreenData hosted a two-day seminar for members of indigenous communities interested in learning more about carbon finance and what it might mean for their territories. Over 100 indigenous leaders from across Brazil joined us, as did members of Brazil’s new presidential administration. Together we discussed financial mechanisms, territories’ legal rights and the regulatory environment, social and environmental safeguards, negotiating with companies and governments, and experiences to date from around Latin America. It was a unique and very powerful convening – and the first of many more offerings we are co-designing with community leaders.
Our goal with all of this work is to ensure that all of these new climate finance commitments have somewhere to land, with the right people and projects. As always, be in touch if you see opportunities to partner with us.