The restoration and rehabilitation of natural infrastructure such as forests, mangroves, wetlands and soil is increasingly recognised as a key solution to meeting climate targets with mitigation potentials of 1.5–11 Gt CO2 annually. These efforts can also deliver multiple benefits, including ecosystem services as well as livelihood and health benefits for both urban and rural regions. Initiatives such as the Bonn Challenge, New York Declaration on Forests, Land Degradation Neutrality, Initiative 20x20, AFR100 African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative, and others are all ambitious pledges that governments and many in the private sector have committed to deliver. However, these pledges are yet to transform into actions due in part to barriers including a lack of policy framework and enabling environment, appropriate finance and viable business models, and technical capacity on the ground.
This workshop will bring together policy makers, investors, project developers and entrepreneurs to identify barriers that are hindering both public and private investment flows into innovative projects on the ground. The objective will be to establish a clear understanding of existing challenges and develop feasible solutions and approaches so that capital can be channelled towards natural climate solutions such as reforestation, natural regeneration, restoration of degraded lands and wetland and coastal restoration.