PEP 22

Investing in Natural Capital for an Inclusive Green and Blue Economy to implement the SDGs and Paris Climate Agreement

New York, Tarrytown Estate, 19-22nd June 2017 

Context: The Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Climate Agreement have brought considerable focus on poverty reduction and climate change. Central to both poverty and climate, yet receiving much less attention is natural capital: life on land (SDG 15) and life in the water (SDG 14). Investing in sustainable management and conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems is key to the transition to an inclusive green and blue economy.

The Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP)1 – a global network working towards climate-resilient poverty reduction and inclusive green and blue economies – will host its 22nd meeting in New York in June 2017. This builds on PEP’s “Getting to Zero” (GtoZ) paper2 and 2016-18 PEP Strategy.

Objectives: The aim of PEP22 meeting and follow-up is to share knowledge, develop partnerships and support country level implementation to address three aspects of investing in natural capital:

  • WHY -Mainstreaming and institutions for natural capital: tools to integrate natural capital into economic decision-making eg. accounting, fiscal revenues, institutional reforms;

  • WHAT - Local solutions for natural capital scaled up: supporting and scaling local ecosystem- based solutions, including community ecosystem-based adaptation;

  • HOW - Finance: how to finance natural capital investment, bringing together public and private and domestic and international finance.

Organisation: The meeting will be at Tarrytown Estate3 New York with a possible field trip to the Ney York watershed. It will be co-hosted by the Governments of Austria and Finland, Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the United Nations. The International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and World Resources Institute (WRI) will be co-organisers.

Participants: Governments and UN missions, private companies and foundations, international organisations and civil society are welcome. Participants must cover travel and accommodation.


Monday 19th June: WHY INVEST IN NATURAL CAPITAL FOR THE SDGs AND CLIMATE?

Keynotes and Panel Discussion: Natural Capital Investment: a public and private priority

Investing in Natural Capital: a priority for the international community (Elliott Harris, UN Assistant Secretary-General, Director, UN Environment)
Investing in Natural Capital: a priority for the private sector (Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition)
Investing in Natural Capital: a priority for developing countries (Modest J Mero, Ambassador, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Tanzania)
Chair: Sarah Poole, Deputy Director, Bureau of Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme

Introduction to Poverty Environment Partnership (PEP)

Video: Getting to Zero: zero poverty, zero climate emission and zero loss of natural assets
Getting to Zero overview (Pedro Conceicao, Director, Strategic Policy, UNDP)
PEP Background, Strategy & work plan and PEP meeting objectives (Paul Steele, PEP Facilitator)

Session 1: Country experience with investing in natural capital: Why, what and how?

Country panel from the South (supported by UN PEI, World Bank WAVES and others)

  • Khatibu Kazungu, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Tanzania

  • Pauline Nantongo Kalunda, Executive Director, Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda

  • Reshmi Raj Pandey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs, Nepal

  • Thompson Bongumusa, Director, eThekwini Municipality (Durban), South Africa

  • Adelina Santos-Borja, Department Manager III, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Philippines

  • Steve Bass, Senior Associate, International Institute for Environment and Development (facilitator)

Session 2: Why invest: Mainstreaming and Institutions to integrate natural capital into economics

Accounting by governments for natural capital (World Bank WAVES, GEF, UN, IIED)

  • Ina Porras, Senior Researcher, International Institute for Environment and Development (facilitator)

  • Adelina Santos-Borja, Department Manager III, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Philippines

  • Mark Zimsky, Biodiversity Coordinator, Global Environment Facility

  • Bram Edens, Senior Statistician, United Nations Statistics Division

  • Ruud Jansen, Executive Secretary, Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa

Strategies and motivations for scaling up natural capital investments (Asian Development Bank, TNC, WWF)

  • Bruce Dunn, Principal Environment Specialist, Asian Development Bank (facilitator)

  • Qingfeng Zhang, Director, East Asia Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Division, Asian Development Bank

  • Linda Krueger, Senior Policy Advisor, The Nature Conservancy

  • David McCauley, Senior Vice President, Policy and Government, WWF US

Natural capital in your hand (mobile): how the data revolution is changing natural capital management (ICT, big data and mobile apps from WRI etc)

  • Leo Horn, Director, International Cooperation, World Resources Institute (facilitator)

  • Janet Ranganathan, Vice President, World Resources Institute

  • James Anderson, Communications Manager, Global Forest Watch, World Resources Institute

  • Andrew Turner, Chief Technology Officer, Esri (tbc)

Tuesday 20th June: WHAT TO INVEST IN & HOW TO FINANCE NATURAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT?

Session 3: What to invest in: Scaling up local ecosystem-based solutions
Plenary with brief introductions to panel discussions (Nicole Leotaud, Celine Beaulieu, Errol Douwes)

Blue capital (CANARI and Solidaridad)

  • Nicole Leotaud, Executive Director, Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (facilitator)

  • Adelina Santos-Borja, Department Manager III, Laguna Lake Development Authority, Philippines

  • Thompson Bongumusa, Director, eThekwini Municipality (Durban), South Africa

  • Sebastian Teunissen, Managing Director, Solidaridad North America

Terrestrial ecosystems and protected areas (WWF and IUCN)

  • Celine Beaulieu, Manager, Public Sector Partnerships, WWF International (facilitator)

  • Pauline Nantongo Kalunda, Executive Director, Environmental Conservation Trust of Uganda

  • Reshmi Raj Pandey, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Federal Affairs, Nepal

  • Alvin Lopez, Senior Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist, Asian Development Bank

  • Frank Hawkins, Director, North America office, International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Urban ecosystems (eThekwini, New York)

  • Errol Douwes, Manager, Restoration Department, eThekwini Municipality (facilitator)

  • Nelisiwe Zama, town planner, eThekwini Municipality

  • William Solecki, Professor, City University of New York

Session 4: How to invest: Public and private finance and knowledge for natural capital investment

Public finance for natural capital - domestic financing (UNDP) and international (OECD, CBD)

  • Markus Lehmann, Head, Economic Policy Unit, Convention on Biological Diversity (facilitator)

  • Khatibu Kazungu, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance, Tanzania

  • Sonam Yarphel, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan

  • Massimiliano Riva, Specialist, United Nations Development Programme

  • Katia Karousakis, Biodiversity Team Leader, OECD

  • Matti Nummelin, Mnistry of Foreign Affairs, Finland

Private sector’s role in natural capital (NCC, UN Environment, private investors)

  • Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition (facilitator)

  • Marie Morice, Director, Natural Capital Finance Alliance

  • Juhern Kim, Senior Land Use specialist, Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)

  • Lara Yacob, Director, Network Manager, United Nations Environment

Knowledge and science for natural capital: (GGKP, Universities, ESPA, DA)

  • John Maughan, Research Associate, Green Growth Knowledge Platform

  • Kate Schreckenberg, Director, Ecosystems for Poverty Alleviation, UK

  • Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives, India

  • Mary Ruckelshaus, Executive Director, Natural Capital Project, Stanford University, WWF, TNC and University of Minnesota

Wednesday 21st June: CONCLUSION AND NEXT STEPS

Session 5: On-going work of the Poverty Environment Partnership

Mainstreaming and Institutions for pro-poor environment and climate for the SDGs

  • Learning and diagnostics for country readiness for SDGs (IIED)
  • Mainstreaming toolkit and capacity for the SDGs (UNEP and UNDP PEI)
  • Steve Bass, Senior Associate, IIED and AlexForbes, Programme Officer, Poverty Environment Initiative, PEI (facilitators)
  • Anne Juepner and Isabell Kempf (Co-Directors, PEI UNDP and UNEP)

Local solutions for pro-poor environment & climate for the SDGs (DA, GEC, eThekwini)

  • Peter Hazlewood, independent consultant (facilitator)
  • Zeenat Niazi, Vice President, Development Alternatives
  • Oliver Greenfield, Convenor, Green Economy Coalition
  • Errol Douwes, Manager, Restoration Department, eThekwini

Finance for pro-poor environment and climate for the SDGs: Environmental fiscal reforms (GIZ, OECD, IIED, UNDP)

  • Eike Meyer, Advisor, GIZ (facilitator)
  • Robert Repetto, Resource Economist (tbc)
  • Ina Porras, Senior Researcher, IIED
  • Katia Karousakis, OECD

Communications and engagement for the PEP membership (GIZ and ADB) 

  • Henrike Peichert, Advisor, GIZ
  • Bruce Dunn, Principal Environment Specialist, ADB