Scaling Up Private Sector Investment and Finance for Sustainable Landscapes in Southeast Asia

25 May, 2017  

Southeast Asian countries are developing and expanding partnerships to increase the sustainability of agriculture, forestry, and other land uses through investments and actions that can enhance production while reducing deforestation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Leading international and domestic corporations have pledged to achieve net zero deforestation in key commodity supply chains by 2020. Global agribusiness leaders have committed to doubling food production while reducing agricultural GHG emissions 50 percent by 2030.

On March 29, 2017, USAID Asia sponsored a regional workshop on Private Sector Investment in Climate-Smart Commodity Production in Southeast Asia. The event was organized by CEADIR and co-hosted by the Asia LEDS Partnership and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The workshop focused on sustainable production opportunities in rice, pulp and paper, shrimp and other aquaculture, palm oil, coffee, tea, and cocoa value chains in Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. It engaged 90 representatives from major corporations, financial institutions, investment firms, small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), sustainability certification platforms, and senior government officials. Private sector leaders identified top priorities for collaborative action, including increasing the access of SMEs and smallholder farmers to financing. Government leaders identified key priorities, including increasing private sector engagement in policy development and program implementation. Development partners recommended more regular dialogues among policy makers, businesses, forest product producers, and smallholder farmers.

Please join the CEADIR Discussion Series on May 25, 2017, for a webinar on “Scaling Up Private Sector Investment and Finance for Sustainable Landscapes in Southeast Asia.” This webinar will share insights and recommendations from the regional meeting and priorities for next steps.

Mikell O’Mealy, Activity Manager for CEADIR’s sustainable landscapes and clean energy support in Asia, will highlight key findings from the March workshop on private sector investment for climate-smart, low-emission agricultural and forestry production.

Beau Damen, Natural Resources Officer for FAO’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, will discuss the importance of engaging the private sector to accelerate investment and finance aligned with national climate change targets.

Rachel Zedeck, Director for Sustainable Programs at Control Union and a CEADIR partner, will provide insights on challenges and opportunities for mobilizing private sector investment for sustainable landscapes. Control Union World Group delivers global inspections, certification and assurance programs in 73 countries including 100 commercial certification programs in agriculture, textiles, environmental and social standards, verifying equality, supply chain transparency and sustainability.

This webinar-only event will be available through Adobe Connect from 9-10am EDT on Thursday, May 25, 2017. Following the presentations, participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panel.

About the CEADIR Series
USAID’s Climate Economic Analysis for Development, Investment and Resilience (CEADIR) activity hosts a monthly discussion series, Navigating the Climate Economy: Investing for Growth and Resilience. 

This series presents the perspectives of experts in economic analysis, planning, policies, strategies, financing, and programming for climate change mitigation and adaptation, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and sustainable landscapes.

Event Speakers

Mikell O'Mealy,
Activity Manager, Asia CEADIR

Beau Damen
Natural Resources Officer, Climate Change and Bioenergy FAO

Rachel Zedeck
Director of Sustainable Programs Control Union