EcoAgriculture Partners and IUCN NL formalize partnership to advance landscape finance
EcoAgriculture Partners and IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands (IUCN NL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to expand on their successful joint work producing tools, training materials and capacity-building events that advance integrated landscape finance and investment around the world over the past several years.
“Landscape finance is all about attracting finance for the multitude of functions within a landscape,” says Jan Willem den Besten, Expert Green Finance at IUCN NL. “As a conservation organization, our focus is of course on mobilizing investments for the protection and restoration of nature. But this often goes hand in hand with other functions, such as agriculture. This requires an integrated approach.”
Most recently, the two organizations have developed the Landscape Investment and Finance Toolkit (LIFT) and organized joint events to spark action on the critical issue of inclusive landscape finance at the Global Landscapes Forum in Bonn, Germany. As part of this new MOU, they plan to improve the current LIFT modules, expand on them, and deploy the revamped toolkit in additional landscapes. The organizations will also team up to capture data and usage information from the hundreds of members of the fledging LIFT Community of Practice, and support this community to contribute to strengthening LIFT and its implementation globally.
“The success of LIFT, and the evident need it fills for landscape program managers and their initiatives, is very encouraging. We’re excited to continue collaborating with IUCN NL on LIFT and other priorities for improving integrated landscape management,” remarked Seth Shames, Director of Innovation for Policy and Markets at EcoAgriculture Partners and LIFT project manager. “Partners is in our name for a reason, so it feels good to formalize this productive partnership with a valued collaborator.”
Financing green solutions
EcoAgriculture and IUCN NL also plan to develop systems to better monitor the impacts of landscape investments and create a knowledge and learning platform on landscape finance that would be useful to project developers as well as investors. While the partnership will focus on landscape finance in the short-term, the organizations also intend to expand their joint work to other areas of landscape management.
“Building a just world that properly values and conserves nature means building tools to support financing green solutions. The work we’ve done with EcoAgriculture Partners on landscape finance so far has been critical to this effort, and we’re excited to grow its impact together,” said Den Besten.
IUCN NL brings extensive CSO, governmental, and private sector networks as well as experience with CSO training and policy outreach to the partnership. This will complement EcoAgriculture Partners’ deep expertise in integrated landscape management.