Forest and Landscape Investment Forum (FLIF)
Unleashing Business Opportunities for Sustainable Landscapes
Kigali, Rwanda, 16 – 17 May 2017

Targeting project developers and business champions from East Africa and investors from all over the world, FAO’s Forest and Landscape Restoration Mechanism (FLRM) and partners will convene the inaugural Forest and Landscape Investment Forum (FLIF) in Kigali, Rwanda, on 16 – 17 May 2017.
Feeding into the global development agenda, specifically SDG 15, The Bonn Challenge, and African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), this dynamic event will promote a broad spectrum of investments in forests and landscapes for environmental, social, economic and financial returns. The event also directly contributes to FAO’s strategic objective 2 on sustainable agriculture, and strategic objective 4 on value chains.
FLIF provides a unique opportunity to bring together project developers, business champions, and investors in lively debate on business opportunities and challenges in agroforestry and forestry.

FLIF facts

• The ambitious restoration goals set by the global development agenda require large investments. According to a recent FAO-UNCCD analysis, between USD 36 and 49 billion of investments are needed every year to achieve these goals. FLIF will be a marketplace for effective forest and landscape investment opportunities.

• FLIF contributes to SDG 15 – halting and reversing land and natural habitat degradation; The Bonn Challenge – to restore 350 million hectares of the world’s deforested and degraded land by 2030; and to the New York Declaration on Forests and their decentralized processes, such as the AFR100 Initiative – a country-led effort to restore 100 million hectares of deforested and degraded landscapes across Africa by 2030.

• Investments in forests and landscapes are unevenly distributed worldwide. While most are made in Latin America, only one percent are in Africa. It is critical to build fora and platforms to intensify interactions among project developers, business leaders and investors.

• FLIF offers a unique platform for exploring the potential of finance to enhance livelihoods, protect the environment and ensure food security benefits.

• FLIF targets project developers and business champions from Eastern Africa, in particular from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia, as well as investors from all over the world who seek business opportunities in sustainable landscapes.

• FLIF will showcase business opportunities in forests and landscapes, in particular through agroforestry and forestry value chains (wood and non-wood forest products) such as coffee, tea, timber, macadamia, silk, and cassava

• Project developers targeting private sector investment need to build bankable projects. There is a lack of knowledge about the variety of financing opportunities and what is needed to access them. FLIF bridges this significant gap by promoting a broad spectrum of investments in forests and landscapes for environmental, social, economic or financial returns.

• FLIF will host a wide-range of lively debates and discussion forums over the two days, including:

o Business Opportunities and Challenges in Agroforestry and Forestry: What Can Business do for Forest and Landscape Restoration?
o Forest and Landscape Business Champions: Promoting Business Innovation and Scaling-up
o Investors and Donors Panel: Approaches, Challenges and Partnerships for Investing in Forest and Landscape Restoration
o Incubating, Accelerating and Scaling-up Forest and Landscape Restoration Relevant Business Models
o Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Standards and Monitoring for Responsible FLR Investments
o Mitigating Risks for Private Sector Investments in Forest and Landscape Restoration: Which Relevant Mechanisms and Partnerships?
o Sustaining and Catalyzing Investments for Forests and Landscapes in East Africa: Towards a Forest and Landscape Investment Platform (FLIP)

• Beyond plenary sessions, a booth exhibition and targeted side-events will facilitate further dynamic interactions between participants.

Audience

• Forest and landscape companies and project developers
• National and international cooperatives and agribusinesses
• Commercial banks, development banks, impact funds, insurance companies
• Technical assistance providers who facilitate and support investments in sustainable land use business models such as incubators, accelerators, public-private partnership facilities
• Public agencies and institutions able to build an enabling environment for investments

Partners
National: The Ministry of Natural Resources of Rwanda (MINIRENA), the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) and Rwanda’s Green Fund (FONERWA), Rwanda Trading Company, Water for Growth-Rwanda, SHEKINA.
Regional and international: African Development Bank Group (AfDB), African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC), Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), The Global Mechanism of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (GM UNCCD), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Landscapes for People, Food and Nature (LPFN), New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Private Sector Federation (PSF), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), The World Bank, World Resources Institute (WRI).

A Forest and Landscape Investment Platform (FLIP) for East Africa
This innovative platform, FLIP, currently under design in the framework of the AFR100 initiative, aims to catalyze and increase investments in forest and landscape restoration and land degradation neutrality in East Africa.
The Forest and Landscape Investment Forum (FLIF) supports the regional platform and provides a springboard to advance the project, which will ensure systematic and long-lasting communication between project developers and investors.
FLIP facts:
• FLIP aims at catalyzing and increasing investments in forest and landscape restoration and land degradation neutrality in East Africa.

• FLIP provides a series of services and products as well as a communication forum for business leaders, investors and investment enablers to better seize partnership opportunities and build relevant and sustainable investment cases.

• The platform has long-term potential with a view to expansion and the replication of successful activities in other regions.

The three pillars of FLIP:

Pillar 1: Catalyzing investments through an investment helpdesk in Forest and Landscape Restoration (FLR) and Land Degradation Neutrality(LDN)
Pillar 2: Incubating, accelerating and scaling up FLR and LDN business cases and champions
Pillar 3: Ensuring Environmental, Social and Governance safeguards are integrated in FLR and LDN investments