13 October 2014, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea – Policies to tackle deforestation risks linked to private finance
Date and time: 13 October 2014, 13.15 – 14.30 KST
Venue: Rio Conventions Pavilion, Convention on Biological Diversity COP 12, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea
Join key public and private sector speakers from the Indonesian National REDD+ Agency, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, UNEP Finance Initiative, UNORCID and the Global Canopy Programme in an interactive discussion which will examine the following key issues: What role can risk policies play in reducing deforestation risk in bank and investor portfolios, and how can these policies help tropical forest countries shift private finance to reduce deforestation? Why should financial institutions use a policy framework to evaluate and manage exposure to deforestation and forest degradation risk? What is an appropriate finance sector policy framework? How do financial institutions compare? What can UN-REDD countries do to improve the environmental impact of private finance? Can policies alone make a difference?
Banks and investors financing agribusiness can contribute to deforestation linked to land conversion. Many are yet to tap into opportunities emerging from more sustainable commodities value chains. The NCD has developed a framework for banks and investors’ to benchmark policies on soft commodities, and identify areas for improvement to reduce exposure to financial risks linked to deforestation. For UN-REDD countries, these findings are significant as they demonstrate large differences in terms of sustainability of private finance flows into soft commodities such as palm oil, soy and beef. Appropriate policy measures in the finance sector can contribute to achieving REDD+ targets and reducing deforestation and forest degradation.
NCD is a CBD Biodiversity Champion.
Welcome: Introduction to the event, the NCD as a Biodiversity Champion and the finance sector’s role in meeting Aichi targets, Braulio Dias, Executive Secretary, CBD (TBC)
Public and private sector engagement in tackling deforestation, HE Mr Heru Prasetyo, Head of the Indonesia National REDD+ Agency
Launch of preliminary findings from the forthcoming NCD study “Bank and investor risk policies for soft commodities: Framework to evaluate management of deforestation and forest degradation risk in value chains with recommendations for UN-REDD countries”, Anders Nordheim, Co-ordinator of UNEP FI Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services work stream
Roundtable discussion (Moderator: Andrew Mitchell, Executive Director, Global Canopy Programme)
• How can private finance actively support national policies to combat deforestation and forest degradation?
• How should governments approach the financial sector in order to build a collaborative partnership?
HE Mr Heru Prasetyo, Head of the Indonesia National REDD+ Agency,
Satya Tripathi, UNORCID,
Seiji Kawazoe, Associate General Manager, Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank
Concluding comments, HE Mr Heru Prasetyo or Andrew Mitchell
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