ThinkForest webinar: Sustainable Finance, Forests and Biodiversity

29 April 2024, Online. 14.00-15.30 CEST

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You are warmly welcome to our next ThinkForest webinar, which explores the issue of sustainable finance, forests and biodiversity. Biodiversity is heavily threatened, both in Europe and globally. Immediate action to stop further loss and to maintain and enhance biodiversity, especially in forests, is needed. Public finance plays an important role, but privately financed activities are becoming more and more important.
The European Union addresses the challenges above in its Green Deal, which aims to reverse biodiversity loss coupled with bioeconomy development and by having economic growth decoupled from resource use. Accordingly, sustainable finance should aim to channel more investments towards this transition. The EU Taxonomy aims to create a common way to classify sustainable economic activities for investors. To be considered environmentally sustainable, economic activities and investments must meet certain minimum requirements and adhere to screening criteria that are defined by delegated acts from the European Commission. However, biodiversity-related criteria/indicators for forests are not yet defined.
Our ThinkForest event asks:

  • How can we define criteria and indicators for biodiversity maintenance as well as improvement for forest ecosystems?
  • How can we make sure and monitor that these biodiversity-related criteria and indicators are met (e.g., in forest restoration)?
  • How can private finance support biodiversity protection and enhancement and make it their business case?

Guest speakers

  • Professor Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Wageningen University and Research
  • Wendelin von Gravenreuth, MEAG MUNICH ERGO Kapitalanlagegesellschaft mbH, Germany
  • Fanny-Pomme Langue, Secretary General CEPF, Brussels
  • Esa-Jussi Viitala, member of the European Commission’s platform on Sustainable Finance, LUKE, Finland

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The European Forest Institute is an international organisation established by European States with the objective to conduct research and provide policy support on issues related to forests. EFI works to promote forest research, facilitate and stimulate forest-related networking and support the dissemination of policy-relevant information on forests and forestry.