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GLF summit: Leveraging investment portfolios to manage sustainable landscapes

"Land degradation is estimated to cost the global economy from $2 to $4.5 trillion a year, while economic benefits of restoration efforts are an estimated $84 billion a year, according to a report in Environmental Research Letters, and statistics from World Resources Institute.

The purpose of the GLF conference is to discuss how to align the financial system with sustainable goals — to determine how profitable investments can meet the triple bottom line – meaning that they should feature not only the capacity to offer economic returns, but they also demonstrate social and environmental benefits.

Experts at the GLF, which is jointly coordinated by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), UN Environment and the World Bank, will demonstrate how to benefit from land restoration investments that discourage degradation and encourage reforestation. Specific deals will be presented to show how businesses and communities create business plans supporting environmentally sustainable and socially responsible resource based and agricultural enterprises.

The ideas at the conference to be held at World Bank facilities in Washington, D.C., will be underpinned by the goals of the GLF, which include accelerating the achievement of emissions reduction goals set by the 2015 Paris Climate Accord and the multiple targets of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Bonn Challenge and AFR100 restoration goals." Source GLF

For more information on the GLF Investment Case Symposium, 30 May 2018 Washington D.C. click here

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Follow the next GLF Landscape Restoration in Africa Conference 29-30 August 2018 

With approximately 50 million hectares of land afflicted by degradation, Africa faces perhaps the toughest ecological test of any continent: widespread deforestation and land degradation but with the fewest resources to combat them. But necessity is the mother of invention and the people of Africa are responding to the challenge at every level of society through new methods of cooperation, adaptation and innovation. The GLF regional conference “Landscape Restoration in Africa: Prospects and Opportunities” will seek to maximise the dialogue that has already achieved such success. Through the prism of rights, finance, food and livelihoods and measuring progress, the conference will focus attention on to areas with the greatest potential for deliverable results. The event will amplify the political momentum that has already amassed behind landscape restoration and drive forward regional cooperation. Rooted in cutting-edge environmental science, the event will spark a grassroots movement across Africa, designed to achieve dynamic, inclusive and sustainable development across the continent.

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