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1000 Landscapes at UNCCD COP 15: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Landscape Partnerships to Combat Land Degradation

1000 Landscapes at UNCCD COP 15: Highlighting the Power and Potential of Landscape Partnerships to Combat Land Degradation

From May 9-20, global experts will come together in Abidjan, Côte D’Ivoire to showcase and source solutions to some of the world’s most pressing land-use challenges at the 15th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 15). 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People initiative and partners will join the conversation through several side events focused on tools to support effective landscape partnerships and innovations in integrated landscape finance.

Investing in a Future For Forests: Yale Panel Uncovers the Secret to Financially Sustainable Restoration

Investing in a Future For Forests: Yale Panel Uncovers the Secret to Financially Sustainable Restoration

EcoAgriculture Partners Manager Juan Ramos joined a panel to discuss how partnerships can finance forest management projects. Such initiatives can address climate change while protecting biodiversity and boosting livelihoods. The event was part of the Yale Society of Tropical Foresters annual conference in January 2022.

Landscape Partnerships Are The Key To Making COP26 Climate Pledges Work

Landscape Partnerships Are The Key To Making COP26 Climate Pledges Work

A flurry of conservation- and landscape-finance developments took place late in 2021, spurred on by November’s UN climate conference (COP26) and others associated with it. The private sector, governments and development banks offered bold financial pledges and commitments.

One clear example of this determination is the more than 100 countries that pledged to end deforestation and land degradation by 2030, backed by $12 billion in public funds and $7.2 billion in private investment. Among the pledges, the UK government committed at least £3 billion to promote nature and biodiversity, including a new £500 million package to help protect 5 million hectares of rainforests. Meanwhile, more than 30 financial institutions—representing $8.7 trillion in assets—said they would phase out deforestation from their commodity portfolios by 2025.

Why Companies Are Starting To Care About Landscapes

Why Companies Are Starting To Care About Landscapes

Agribusiness companies are shifting their operations and corporate mission statements in ways that would be unheard of just a few short years ago. Their objectives are lofty–finding ways to future-proof their supply chains while addressing environmental degradation, climate change and the needs of the communities where they work.
This effort comes from a genuine place. Many now see the need to look at how their corporate decisions impact the broader world. And it’s being spurred on for many reasons: meeting sustainability commitments; reducing business risks associated with natural resource degradation, climate change and community relations; protecting fixed assets and securing supplies of critical resources or products not easily sourced elsewhere; and sharing or saving operational or investment costs.

Companies Make the Case for Landscape Partnerships During Executive Roundtable

Companies Make the Case for Landscape Partnerships During Executive Roundtable

The world faces many critical challenges, from climate change to crushing rural poverty, massive species decline and widespread land degradation. More and more, businesses are joining governments and civil society to create solutions bold enough to have a global impact. But much more needs to happen for the corporate world to help turn the tide.

Those were the major takeaways of a recent high-level panel discussion hosted by 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People’s (1000L) partners and supporters EcoAgriculture Partners, Rainforest Alliance and the Laudes Foundation. The event, Better Business Through Integrated Landscape Management: An Executive Roundtable, featured 17 participants from global companies in finance, agriculture, food and beverage, retail, cosmetics and apparel.

Armenia’s Pivotal Moment: Exploring Holistic Land Use for Inclusive Sustainable Development with 1000L

Armenia’s Pivotal Moment: Exploring Holistic Land Use for Inclusive Sustainable Development with 1000L

During a recent conference on ecosystem services presented by the American University of Armenia’s (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment, 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People (1000L) Chair Sara Scherr discussed one of the most robust solutions to address global issues: integrated land management (ILM). The approach combines natural resource management with environmental and economic considerations to optimize the outputs of all three.

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