This session will introduce a new guidance to help practitioners develop bankable business plans that support landscape restoration. Through a practitioners lens, speakers will provide examples of success on the ground to support FLR, including challenges faced and long-term outcomes.
Specifically, it aims to share experience and lessons learned on some of the key steps in developing bankable businesses with a focus on:
– Key design elements to consider when developing a business case
– The challenges in early stage finance/ investment to develop business cases
– Opportunities and risks associated with sustainable business focused on restoration
– Real life example(s) of bankable projects
The session will be also support exchange of member experiences and lessons learned on bankable projects within the online Community of Practice with the working title, “Finance for Forest and Landscape Restoration”. Join the discussion via dgroups here https://dgroups.org/fao/innovation/local-finance/discussions
Marco Boscolo, Forestry Officer, UN FAO
Marco Boscolo is a Forestry Officer in the Forest Governance and Economics team. He is currently working on inclusive and sustainable forest value chains, inclusive finance, and community concessions as conservation and development policy instruments.
Keiron Brand, Bankable Initiatives Adviser (WWF)
Keiron has a Finance and Economics education and has performed many functions spanning Pricing Strategy, IT Rollouts, Change Management and many process optimisation roles. He left the corporate world to focus on bringing business strategy and financial knowledge to the non-profit and impact industry and joined WWF to help scale the bankable project model.