The Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector is responsible for 24% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and in ASEAN member states this figure rises to 58%. Across Asia, the AFOLU sector is also an important contributor to national economies and rural livelihoods. Many countries in the region have committed to reducing national GHG emissions including from AFOLU, yet sustainable land management in the broader sense is elusive, and simply reducing emissions from managed lands is challenging.
A key assumption toward improving land management is that the billions of dollars of private sector capital available for investment can be directed toward more sustainable land management efforts, and ultimately the realization of sustainable landscapes via a number of promising mechanisms that may accelerate the necessary investment to achieve sustainable landscapes. This two-day workshop in Bangkok focused on a targeted analysis of several mechanisms with the potential to more effectively access private sector finance, and examined where these mechanisms might be most successful.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- Examine potential mechanisms for stimulating and aligning public and private sector investments in low emission land management in Asia
- Explore potential commodities, landscapes, and/or companies for which these mechanisms can work
- Articulate strategies for how public sector finance can leverage private investment
Workshop Concept Note: http://www.leafasia.org/library/workshop-concept-note-february-2016
Workshop Proceedings Report: http://www.leafasia.org/library/accelerating-afolu-investment-asia-workshop-report
Following are background materials on topics related to the workshop:
AFOLU LEDS Workshop Final Report (July 2015): http://www.leafasia.org/library/afolu-leds-final-workshop-report
Summary of Expert Meeting and Training Session on Financing AFOLU LEDS: http://www.leafasia.org/library/summary-expert-meeting-and-training-session-financing-afolu-leds
Credit Suisse Report on Conservation Finance: http://www.leafasia.org/library/credit-suisse-report-conservation-finance
Global Landscapes Forum Outcomes: http://www.leafasia.org/library/global-landscapes-forum-outcomes
USAID Sustainable Landscapes final report: http://www.leafasia.org/library/usaid-sustainable-landscapes-report