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2015 Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance
 
Enhancing coherence and coordination of
forest financing


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Date: 8–9 September 2015
Venue: Durban, South Africa

Partner: The 2015 Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance was held in conjunction with the 14th World Forestry Congress (WFC).

Organization of the forum: The forum had a two-day format. It incorporated both plenary sessions and breakout group sessions. More than 180 people attended the forum, including representatives from governments, forest and financial institutions, the private sector and civil society.

Index to Sessions
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Session 1

Session 2

Session 3


Session 4


Session 5



Session 6


Session 7





Session 8

Session 9

The forest finance landscape>>

Enhancing coherence and coordination in the delivery of finance for forests>>

Best use of public finance for forests to support mitigation of, and adaptation, to climate change>>

Private finance mobilization and utilization for climate mitigation and adaptation in the forest and land sectors>>

● Breakout groups
1. Results-based payments;
2. Provision of financial resources for alternative approaches.>>

Enhancing coherence and coordination of forest finance to ensure all forest benefits are achieved>>

● Breakout groups
1. Experience with use of resources/transfer of payments for results-based approaches;
2. Experience with provision of financial resources for alternative approaches (including JMA).>>

Scaling up finance for forests: Banking on joint public-private schemes>>

● Breakout groups
1. Making the most of private sector contributions;
2. Financing schemes and instruments for REDD-plus and other forest activities: what works/doesn’t work>>



Full programme of the Forum
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7 September, Day 1:   Issues related to finance for forests: an overview

Opening
Opening plenary
09:30 - 10:00
Welcoming the participants and opening the forum
  • Houssen Alfa Nafo & Outi Honkatukia, SCF Co-chairs
    Opening and welcome

  • Mr. Maesela Kekana, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
    Opening remarks

  • Mr. Eduardo Mansur, FAO
    Opening remarks

Session 1
The forest finance landscape
10:00 - 10:45
The state of forest finance: overview of trends in type and volume of financial flow, key actors (including recipients, donors and investors), schemes and instruments utilized, and activities financed
Facilitator
  • Outi Honkatukia, SCF co-chair
Presenters

Session 2
How can we enhance coherence and coordination in the delivery of finance for forests?
10:45 - 12:00
Financial opportunities and challenges in forest finance: REDD-Plus finance, finance for the sustainable management of forests, and financing of activities that impact on forests
Facilitator
  • Stefan Agne, SCF member
Presenters

Session 3
How can we best use public finance for forests to support mitigation of, and adaptation, to climate change?
12:15 - 13:30
Public funding has been the major source of financing for forest activities, but in the face of resource constraints and more complex issues on the ground, how can public funding both for climate mitigation and adaptation better be used in forest activities?
Facilitator
  • Raymond Landveld, SCF member
Presenters

Session 4
How can private finance be mobilized and utilized for climate mitigation and adaptation in the forest and land sectors?
14:45 - 16:00
Looking at the growing flow of private finance for REDD-Plus and other forest and land related activities: What schemes and instruments have worked? What can we learn from the existing practices for scaling up? How can national entities be more coordinated in terms of mobilizing REDD-plus finance and other types of forest finance, and what policy frameworks need to be in place? What role has public finance played, or could play, to catalyze shifts in private finance for mitigation and adaptation in forest activities?
Facilitator
  • Pascal Martinez, GEF
Presenters

Session 5
Breakout groups:
1. Results-based payments;
2. The provision of financial resources for alternative approaches.
16:15-18:00
Generating a deeper understanding on:
1.The challenges and opportunities of implementing REDD-Plus actions that produce results and of delivering payments in the context of overall financing for forests: How to establish the policy and finance infrastructure required to implement REDD-Plus and how to mobilize finance for them? How to ensure the effectiveness and fairness in allocating limited REDD-Plus resources in light of the broad range of national circumstances?
2. How to ensure sustainable investments for alternative approaches?

Facilitator
  • Stefan Agne and Raymond Landveld, SCF members
Introductory presenters
Discussion leaders
  • Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, UN REDD
  • Ben Singer, UNFF
Rapporteurs
  • Angela Falconer, CPI
  • Till Pistorius, UNIQUE


8 September, Day 2: Financing for forests, taking into account different policy approaches:

case studies

Session 6
How can we enhance coherence and coordination of forest finance to ensure all forest benefits are achieved?
09:15 - 10:50
Sharing experience of collaborative initiatives amongst international public and private financing entities and implementing organizations/ communities in developing countries on forest programs and projects that contribute to climate mitigation and adaptation, as well as produce other ecological, social and economic benefits
Facilitator
  • Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, UN REDD
Presenters

Session 7
Breakout groups:
1. Experience with use of resources/the transfer of payments for results-based approaches;
2. Experience with the provision of financial resources for alternative approaches (including JMA).
11:15 - 12:30
Generating deeper understanding on/highlighting:
1. How could international and national financing entities better align their policies and investment priorities with the Warsaw REDD-Plus framework and further support readiness of developing countries to implement results-based actions, including through the consideration of non-carbon benefits? How can the most sustainable approaches (as regards preventing leakage and reversals) be promoted and rewarded?

2. Technical issues associated with existing and emerging systems for transferring payments under results-based finance (for example how “results” are defined, timelines and formats for reporting, disbursement triggers, agreed processes and conditions, fiduciary requirements, restrictions on use of funding, transfer to longer-term finance models).

3. Existing experiences with various domestic policy approaches to attract and utilize forest finance.

4. Joint mitigation and adaptation aspects in forest activities: how can they be enhanced, what support should be mobilized for them and how?

Facilitator
  • Raymond Landveld, SCF member
Introductory presenters
Discussion leaders
  • Donna Lee, Consultant
  • Yaw Osafo, Ghana
Rapporteurs
  • Adeline Dontenville, EFI
  • Jagjeet Sareen, CIF

Session 8
Scaling up finance for forests: How to bank on joint public-private schemes
14:00-15:00
Best practices and case studies from different countries showcasing different types of forest mitigation and adaptation activities. What have practitioners and governments learned from their experiences, both good and bad? What are the challenges in replicating and scaling up? Is there a role for demand side measures?
Facilitator
  • Outi Honkatukia, SCF co-chair
Presenters

Session 9
Breakout groups:
1. Making the most of private sector contributions;
2. Financing schemes and instruments for REDD-plus and other forest activities:
what works/doesn’t work
15:30-16:30
Generating a deeper understanding on:
1. Opportunities and challenges to involve the private sector as an investor, intermediary and implementer in REDD-Plus and other forest-related activities
2. Opportunities and challenges in using innovative schemes and instruments to finance REDD-Plus and other forest-related activities—with a focus on public finance instruments that can catalyze private finance

Facilitator
  • Stefan Agne, SCF member
Presenters
Discussion leaders
  • Iain Henderson, UNEP FI
  • Federica Bietta, CfRN secretariat
Rapporteurs
  • Ben Singer, UNFF
  • Jyoti Mathur-Filipp, UN REDD
16:30-17:00
Reporting back from break-out groups
17:00-17:30
Closure of the forum



Additional papers shared by participants at the forum
Paper
Shared by
pdf-icon Look to the Forests: How Performance Payments Can Help Slow Climate Change (546 kB) ,
a draft from Center for Global Development
Leticia Guimaraes, Brazil
Subsidies to Key Commodities Driving Forest Loss,
a working paper from ODI
Iain Henderson, UNEP FI


Last updated: 15 June 2016


Forum documents
pdf-icon Summary report
(including conclusions and recommendations)


pdf-icon Concept note (359 kB)

pdf-icon Programme (507 kB)

pdf-icon Background paper (1125 kB)

pdf-icon General information sheet (212 kB)

Image Additional papers shared by participants at the forum

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Contributions on relevant information/case studies: coherence and coordination for financing for forests

Inputs on potential partnership and events for the 2015 Forum of the Standing Committee on Finance
 
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