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Accelerating Nature-based Solutions Conference

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The world's biggest land restoration programming

The Global EverGreening Alliance, the Government of Zambia, AFR100, African Natural Capital Alliance (ANCA), FSD Africa, and the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, is hosting the world's largest land restoration programming conference, bringing together NGOs, governments, the private sector, technical and scientific experts, and community representatives – some of the biggest change makers and action-takers in the world!

#AcceleratingNbSConference

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This spectacular event will take place next to one of the world's most extraordinary natural wonders – Victoria Falls – where participants will have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of GEA's Restore programs, including the complementary skills and capacities of implementing partners, community-led planning, and carbon offsetting methodologies and finance.

 

There will be opportunities to go into the field, meet local beneficiaries, take a deep dive into topics such as Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, and learn from technical experts and thought leaders from around the world.

The Accelerating Nature-based Solutions Conference embodies GEA's core mission

Uniting all stakeholders in our mission to EverGreen the Earth. The conference will provide the opportunity for effective collaboration in a way that is often not possible during remote communications, allowing stakeholders to strategise, plan, and contribute directly to delivering solutions.

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Meet Our Speakers

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HON. ELIJAH JULAKI MUCHIMA

Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Zambia

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MAMADOU DIAKHITÉ

Head of the Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Division (CC&ESD); Manager of the AFR100 Secretariat African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD)

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HON. RODNEY MALINDI SIKUMBA

Minister of Tourism, Zambia

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CHERYL MARGOLUIS

Executive Director of the CARE-WWF Alliance

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DR. MICHAEL USI

Malawi's Minister of Natural Resources & Climate Change

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TIM CHRISTOPHERSEN

Vice President, Climate Action, Salesforce

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CAROLINE VAN TILBORG

Senior Carbon Investment Manager, Climate Asset Management

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TONY RINAUDO

Ambassador, Global EverGreening Alliance &

Principal Climate Advisor

World Vision FMNR Scale Up Team

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SONNY ZULU

Standard Chartered Bank Zambia

CEO and Managing Director

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NIGEL TOPPING

Ambassador, High-Level Climate Champions

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CÉCILE NDJEBET

President & Founder, African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests (REFACOF)

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IRENE OJUOK

FMNR Specialist, Ambassador, Global EverGreening Alliance

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FIONA NAPIER

Senior Advisor to NatureFinance

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DOROTHY MASEKE

Africa Lead - Nature Finance & TNFD and Head of the ANCA Secretariate FSD Africa

Attending Organisations

  • 1t.org

  • Acted

  • Aerobic Agroforestry

  • African Forest Forum (AFF) and ANR Alliance Africa Chair

  • Africa Centre for Holistic Management

  • African Leadership Transformation Foundation

  • African Union Development Agency

  • African Parks

  • African Rangelands

  • AFR100 Secretariat

  • Agro-Shnrub Alliance

  • AJESH

  • Allen Institute for AI

  • Alliance for Nutrition and Reconstruction (ANR)

  • An Environment for Women

  • Awaken Trees

  • Asian Forest Cooperation Organization (AFoCO)

  • AUDA-NEPAD

  • Barka Impact Foundation

  • Bamboo Village Trust

  • Besix Ballast Needam

  • BGCI

  • Big Ship CBO

  • Biocarbon Partners

  • Botanic Gardens Conservation International

  • Both ENDS

  • C4 EcoSolutions Pty Ltd

  • Carbon Neutral

  • CARE International / Zambia

  • CARE Malawi

  • CARE Nepal

  • CARE Netherlands

  • CARE-WWF Alliance

  • Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

  • CESVI

  • Clearpath Leadership Awareness Network

  • Climate Asset Management

  • ClimateShift Solutions

  • Coega Biomass Centre

  • Community Development Initiative

  • Community Markets for Conservation

  • Conduit Investments (Pvt) Ltd

  • Conservation International

  • Catholic Relief Services

  • Department of Forestry

  • Department of Land Resources Conservation - Ministry of Agriculture

  • Destination Livingstone

  • DFCF - WWF NL

  • WWF 

  • ECODEVEC - ECOLOGY and DEVELOPMENT CENTER

  • EcoRestoration Alliance

  • Ecosystem Restoration Standard

  • Eden Reforestation Project

  • ELEKA Trust

  • Entomo Farm

  • Equity Capital Resources Plc

  • Ethiopian Forestry Development

  • Fairventures Worldwide 

  • FAO

  • Farm Africa Ethiopia

  • FarmTree

  • FCDO

  • Forest Regeneration Partnership

  • Forest Stewardship Council

  • FSC

  • FSD Africa Investments

  • GIZ Rwanda

  • Global Shea Alliance

  • Good Carbon GmbH

  • Grassroots Trust

  • Great Green Action

  • Great Green Wall Frontline

  • Greene Crest farms and Resor

  • Groundswell International

  • Hallpax

  • HAND IN HAND EASTERN AFRICA

  • Heidehof Foundation

  • HEROU ALLIANCE

  • ICRAF

  • IMPULS AFRICA LIMITED

  • Incitare International

  • Independent

  • INRAN

  • International Centre for Research in Agroforrestry

  • International Tree Foundation (ITF)

  • International Union for Conservation of Nature

  • IUCN

  • Justdiggit

  • Karingani Game Reserve

  • Kenya Forest Service

  • Khowani Farms

  • Kirehe District

  • LEAD Foundation

  • Liberian Youth for Climate Actions

  • Luano Honey

  • Maki Planet Systems

  • MARANATHA CENTER CONVIVIAL

  • Market Systems Resilience Ghana

  • Mercy Corps Uganda

  • MIGA World Bank Group

  • Ministry of Agriculture & irrigation

  • Ministry of Local Government

  • Mongabay

  • My Trees Trust

  • National Council on Climate Change

  • Native

  • Nature Finance

  • Nature4Climate

  • NBS Bank Limited

  • NBS Bank PLC

  • NetHope

  • One Acre Fund Zambia

  • Opelo Capital Limited

  • Pakistan Environment Trust

  • Plan Vivo Foundation / Edinburgh Napier University

  • Planboo Eco AB

  • Rainforest Alliance

  • Regenshope Initiative

  • ReSCOPE Programme

  • Rwanda Forestry Authority

  • Salesforce

  • Save the Children Global Ventures

  • Save the Children International, Nepal CO

  • Savory Institute

  • Self Help Africa

  • SNV Netherlands Development Organisaion

  • South Pole

  • SOS SAHEL International France

  • SOS SAHEL

  • SDG Center for Africa

  • SNV Zambia

  • Sustain Afric

  • Sustainable Farming Solutions

  • Terraformation

  • The African Women's Network for Community Management of Forests - REFACOF

  • The Nature Conservancy

  • The World Bank Group

  • Total LandCare

  • Tree Aid

  • Trees for the Future

  • UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration Secretariat

  • United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification

  • US Agency for International Development

  • WATER FOR WATER (WfW)ZAMBIA

  • WeForest Zambia

  • WeForest

  • Welthungerhife

  • West Lunga Conservation Project

  • Wildlife Producers Association of Zambia

  • WORLD BANK

  • World Economic Forum

  • World Resources Institute (WRI)

  • World Vision - Southern Africa

  • World Vision Zambia

  • World Vision

  • WRI

  • WWF Zambia

  • WWF

  • Wyss Academy for Nature

  • Youth Bridge Foundation

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Aims and Objectives

The Accelerating Nature-based Solutions Conference will be a unique event with a diverse range of stakeholders from across the globe. The aims and objectives include:

Showcasing the real impacts of NbS through field trips to the Global EverGreening Alliance’s Restore Africa program and other FMNR sites

Progressing existing negotiations and exploring new NbS land restoration and carbon program opportunities with Governments, investors, and donors

Working with Governments, investors and climate negotiators to deepen understanding of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement in relation to large-scale land restoration programmes

Understanding the perspectives of small-scale farmers and the beneficiaries of NbS projects in relation to the barriers and incentives to adopt and maintain NbS practices

Showcasing the initiatives and approaches of key development and land restoration stakeholders

Exploring opportunities, & risk mitigation strategies for sustainable financing while exploring sustainable employment opportunities for youth in massive-scale restoration programs

Working with Governments and key stakeholders to inform the development of appropriate legislation and policies in relation to NbS and carbon offsetting

Progressing plans with key stakeholders for regional land restoration programs, and exploring the complementarity and harmonisation of existing project pipelines

Thematic Streams

1

Scaling Nature-based Solutions 

Streamlining smallholder and pastoralist-led land restoration is a complex task requiring attention to barriers, challenges, and transformative impact. This involves efficiently engaging millions of farmers, mitigating long-term risks, optimizing monitoring and evaluation, and fostering collaborative multi-sectoral design processes across diverse landscapes. Achieving sustainable outcomes necessitates a comprehensive approach that addresses the unique needs and contexts of stakeholders involved in land restoration initiatives.

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Policy, Advocacy and Carbon

This stream centers on legislation, policy, and carbon, aiming to create supportive environments for nature-based solutions and land restoration. It involves crafting policies to encourage appropriate practices, scaling up initiatives, and facilitating investment. Additionally, the stream explores challenges faced by private and public sector funders in large-scale programs, delving into constraints like land and tree tenure. A detailed exploration of Article 6 and its potential applications adds depth to understanding the current dynamics driving carbon-related legislation.

3

Sustainable Finance and Risk

The final thematic stream is dedicated to exploring sustainable finance, risk mitigation, insurance, various financial instruments, and modalities, including finance. In the pursuit of effective strategies, this stream navigates the complexities of financial aspects associated with sustainable initiatives. By examining instruments and modalities, including the innovative approach of blended finance, the stream aims to contribute valuable insights and solutions to enhance the financial sustainability of initiatives focused on restoration and nature-based solutions.

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The Accelerating Nature-based Solutions Conference embodies GEA's core mission

Uniting all stakeholders in our mission to EverGreen the Earth. The conference will provide the opportunity for effective collaboration in a way that is often not possible during remote communications, allowing stakeholders to strategise, plan, and contribute directly to delivering solutions.

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