Landscape Finance Strategy

Some public, private and civic projects in the Landscape Action Plan can self-finance or access their usual sources of finance to implement their commitments to the Plan. But others require focused efforts to mobilize the needed finance. The LP may need to mobilize collective action to secure the additional funding, from local, national or international sources. For example, if local banks have a line of credit for conventional coffee production, but not for coffee in agroforestry systems, a group of LP members may need to work with the bank to develop a new line of credit. Projects to be collaboratively funded by different government agencies may require administrative harmonization. To achieve transformational change may involve a large and ambitious landscape investment portfolio, requiring larger and long-term finance. Solutions might include mobilizing large development bank funding, organizing special landscape investment funds, aligning territory-wide public budgets, long-term grant funding to support LP organization, or blended or coordinated public-private-civic finance agreements. To secure such resources, a separate Landscape Finance Strategy may need to be defined, with clear responsibilities for action. This will often involve finding allies in the financial sector and with finance expertise: individuals and institutions aligned with the Landscape Vision and Strategy. These allies can help design the finance strategy, design and develop new financial mechanisms, and identify suitable sources of funding.

Landscape Finance Strategy

Landscape Finance Strategy Tools

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BioFin Catalogue of Finance Solutions

  • Worksheet

This online “catalogue” is a comprehensive list of instruments, tools and strategies that are applicable to the field of biodiversity finance. Each catalogue entry is a mechanism or “finance solution” and includes a brief description as well as links to guidance material or case studies. The searchable catalogue below provides a listing of all solutions profiled.

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BioFin: Steps 6.3-6.5

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These three steps from UNDP’s Biodiversity Finance Workbook intend to help stakeholders identify, prioritize and analyze the feasibility of finance solutions. Step 6.3 defines a finance solution and provides strategies and guidance for identifying finance solutions that stakeholders may compile into a comprehensive list of available options. Step 6.4 provides a framework, criteria and tips for effectively assessing and prioritizing finance solutions. Step 6.5 guides stakeholders through the process of analyzing the feasibility of the finance solutions identified in step 6.4 and incorporating them into an initial design.

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Landscape Assessment of Financial Flows Phase 1

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This practical two-phase approach (also mentioned in output 4.4) helps stakeholders identify sources of finance for new investment ideas, find the current financial flows that are most in need of transformation, and/or better understand the elements of a landscape’s financial context that require support. Phase 1 focuses on characterizing the landscape economy through stimulating and informed discussion key to developing a landscape finance strategy.

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Land-use Finance Tool

  • Guide

The Land-use Finance Tool is a diagnostic tool that enables a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the alignment of public and private spending with climate and forest objectives. The Tool is a set of guidelines, templates and training materials to assist the analysis of the life cycle of financial flows.

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Landscape Investment Finance Toolkit

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The Landscape Investment and Finance Toolkit (also mentioned in output 4.4) comprises a set of modules that help landscape initiatives define, develop and find finance for their landscape priorities. The tool guides you through a process to find the types of investors that might be interested in your landscape-specific business cases and develop pitch materials to acquire that finance successfully.

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