Forests and farmland, land use and landscapes are the basis of much of the global economy, and they are even more important to those who live in them and live off them. But ever-increasing levels of external investment are making huge impacts — positive and negative.

To shift the balance in favor of beneficial outcomes, growing attention is now focusing on sustainable business models that include more responsible finance, and that are inclusive of men, women and youth in local communities and indigenous peoples.

This complex topic needs to be addressed urgently, and strategically. Different actors and sectors hold pieces of the puzzle, but many are not automatically connected to each other or to wider networks. The overriding question is “How can investing in sustainable land use and land management be made more inclusive of smallholder and community needs while remaining attractive to investors?” Over the last years TBI has conducted various initiatives to increase our understanding and give possible answers to this question.

On this page you will find links to publications, interview articles, news items and external resources, and more. We will continue our work and share our findings through regular updates on this site. So, come back soon to find out more!

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Linking smallholders to existing wood value chains for sustainable supply

Continuing the series of interviews on inclusive landscape finance, Tevis Howard, founding director of Komaza, shares his insights with Bas Louman of Tropenbos International.

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Shift required towards more integrated view on finance and impact

Continuing the interview series on inclusive landscape finance, we hear from Marthe Tollenaar and MaryKate Bullen of New Forests, an Australia-based fund management company with more than A$5 billion invested in sustainable leading-edge forestry, land management, and conservation projects in the Asia-Pacific region and the United States.

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Financial products should be adjusted to better meet needs of community forest enterprises

Continuing the interview series on inclusive landscape finance, three members of the Association of Forest Communities of the Peten (ACOFOP) Guatemala share their insights with Bas Louman of Tropenbos International.

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Scaling up sustainable forestry projects key to attracting finance

Continuing the interview series on inclusive landscape finance, Paul Hol, CEO of FORM International, shares his views on what is already being achieved and, more importantly, what still needs to be done to attract more investment for reforestation of degraded forest landscapes.

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More dialogue needed between farmers, forest enterprises and finance providers

As part of the “Innovative finance for sustainable landscapes” interview series, Noemi Perez, an inclusive finance and investment specialist, with extensive experience with key issues gained from work in both the private and public sectors, spoke with Tropenbos International’s Nick Pasiecznik.

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Forest finance partnerships more productive than competition

Benjamin Singer of the United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat shares his views on inclusive landscape finance in the latest of this new interview series. He brings a decade of experience from his role in implementing the UNFF’s Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network to the discussion. Here he reflects on using public funds to assist developing countries in their efforts to mobilize finance for sustainable forest management.

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Catalyzing partnerships for reforestation of degraded land

In this second edition of the “Innovative finance for sustainable landscapes” interview series, we hear from two sustainable finance experts from the Netherlands Development Finance Company (FMO).

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Strengthening producer organizations is key to making finance inclusive and effective

As part of the “Innovative finance for sustainable landscapes” interview series, the International Institute for Environment and Development’s (IIED) Forest Team Leader Duncan Macqueen spoke with Tropenbos International’s Nick Pasiecznik on increasing finance and investment in sustainable forestry and farming for smallholders.

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Blog

Inclusive landscape finance — Waking the sleeping giant

Of a total of around 570 million farms in the world, more than 80% are smaller than two hectares. Hundreds of millions of these smallholders depend on agriculture and forestry for their livelihoods, and produce more than half of the world’s food. They have the potential to play a key role in achieving inclusive and climate-smart development. Currently, however, many of these smallholders live below the poverty line and are highly vulnerable to climate change. They are a sleeping giant, whose potential can be unleashed by helping them to improve their production and economic viability. But for this they need funding to invest in sustainable production practices, organization, access to information and markets, and the development of small and medium enterprises.

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Digital summit: Barriers to inclusive finance in a context of sustainable landscapes

The eDialogue “Scaling up innovative finance for sustainable landscapes” organized by CGIAR FTA, CIFOR and Tropenbos International concluded this week with a Digital Summit “Barriers to inclusive finance in a context of sustainable landscapes” in which three of the outstanding eDialogue participants explained their particular experiences in facing barriers to sustainable landscapes finance. Through their debate, possibilities for such experiences to be applied in other parts of the tropics or scaled up were analyzed, to an online audience who posed very relevant questions.

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News

Webinar: barriers to inclusive sustainable finance in a landscape context

Agriculture, forestry and other land uses are central to the implementation of the sustainable development goals (SDGs). They may also contribute up to 20% of emission reductions needed to achieve the Paris mitigation target, and nearly 60% of food production is produced by smallholders (<20 ha) many of whom are vulnerable to climate change.

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News

eDialogue – Scaling up innovative finance for sustainable landscapes

Agriculture and forestry are central to the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals. Nearly 60% of food production is produced by smallholders. Small and medium-sized enterprises also play an important role along the value chain in facilitating the economic viability of smallholder agriculture and forestry activities. All of them need sophisticated financial mechanisms to shift towards more sustainable practices. Unfortunately, as of today, less than 3% of climate and conservation finance is assigned to agriculture and forestry, and only a small proportion of this actually reaches the smallholders. This is an issue and a growing concern, as they are by far the largest food producers of the world.

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News

e-Dialogue: Scaling of innovative finance for sustainable landscapes

Participate in an e-Dialogue on the draft of the paper “Scaling of innovative finance for sustainable landscapes” (available after registering).

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News

The what, how and why of inclusive finance for sustainable landscapes

Every year, hundreds of billions of dollars are invested into the land use sector. Currently, almost all of these funds are spent in support of conventional land use practices, generally contributing to environmental degradation and hampering progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Blog

Inclusive finance interviews: summary and discussion

During the last months a series of interviews on inclusive finance have been published to increase our understanding of how different actors perceive inclusive finance for sustainable landscapes, possible strategies for the scaling up of inclusive finance, and the barriers to its implementation.

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News

Inclusive Finance and Business Engagement Pavilion at GLF 2018

During the Global Landscape Forum (GLF) Bonn 2018 the Inclusive Finance and Business Engagement Pavilion took place. The pavilion hosted interactive workshops, discussions, and networking events on several key theme as barriers to scaling investment in smallholders and SMFEs; opportunities and challenges for certification and standards in landscapes; and tools and modalities for cultivating sustainable enterprises within landscapes.

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Innovating Finance to Overcome Current Barriers Towards Sustainable Landscapes - GLF Luxembourg 2019

During the latest Global Landscape Forum, CGIAR FTA, Tropenbos International and CIFOR organized the session “Innovating Finance to Overcome Current Barriers Towards Sustainable Landscapes”.

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Video

Video - Plenary Landscape Finance GLF 2019

During the latest edition of Global Landscape Forum (GLF) in Bonn 2019, a plenary on landscape finance was held where different experts discussed about the emerging strategies and models for financing landscape investment at scale, including design features that benefit smallholders and local communities, as well as biodiversity and climate goals.

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