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Welcome to Finance Day 

Responses to the World Leaders Summit have been somewhat muted, with few concrete examples of delivery on key climate promises. However, other announcements are coming in thick and fast (see below). 

With heads of state leaving Sharm, attention in the Red Zone will now turn to the negotiations. Outside of the negotiating rooms, focus today is on finance: how can financial flows be aligned with net zero and nature positive? And even more broadly, the eyes of many are glued to the results of the US midterms. We will be looking into what all this means for the Nature Positive agenda over the course of the week. 

Day 2 Round Up - Mitigation

Africa Carbon Markets Initiative. Led by a thirteen-member steering committee of African leaders, CEOs, and carbon credit experts, the Africa Carbon Markets Initiative (ACMI) was launched with the aim of dramatically expanding Africa’s participation in voluntary carbon markets. ACMI announced the goal for the continent to reach 300 million credits annually by 2030. This level of production would unlock 6 billion in income and support 30 million jobs. By 2050, ACMI is targeting over 1.5 billion credits produced annually in Africa, leveraging over $120 billion and supporting over 110 million jobs. 

US NBS Roadmap. The Biden-Harris Administration released the Nature-Based Solutions Roadmap, an outline of strategic recommendations to put America on a path that will unlock the full potential of nature-based solutions to address climate change, nature loss, and inequity. The Administration also announced new interagency commitments aligned with the roadmap including: agency actions to ensure over $25 billion in infrastructure and climate funding can support nature-based solutions; a new guide for bringing the power of nature to maximize the value and resilience of military bases; and a new technical working group to better account for nature-based options in benefit cost analysis.

Agriculture Sector Roadmap. The Agriculture Sector Roadmap to 1.5°C was launched yesterday. It was developed by 14 of the world’s largest agricultural commodity trading and processing companies to reduce emissions from land use change by halting deforestation linked to supply chains. The roadmap represents a shared, sector-wide plan for addressing deforestation in supply chains, and also for accelerating collaboration with others to achieve that goal. It is the outcome of a year’s joint work between the signatories, who manage large global trade volumes in key agricultural commodities – including more than half of both Brazilian soy exports and global palm oil trade. The process was facilitated by the Tropical Forest Alliance, with support from WBCSD.

Sharm-El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda. The Egyptian Presidency launched a global plan to unite governments and non-state actors behind a set of goals to improve the resiliency of four billion people living in the most climate-vulnerable communities around the world. 

$2 trillion a year needed for climate action. A UN-backed report commissioned by Egypt and the UK finds that developing countries will need $1 trillion a year in external finance for climate action and will need to match that amount with their own funds. 

Forest Partnerships. The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, on behalf of the EU, signed five Memoranda of Understanding for Forest Partnerships with Guyana, Mongolia, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and Zambia. Forest Partnerships encompass the EU’s holistic cooperation framework for joint work on forests, aimed at reversing deforestation in supported countries and consequently enhance climate and biodiversity protection. 

$1.5 Billion for Smallholder Farmers. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged $1.4 billion to help smallholder farmers cope with the impacts of climate change, part of efforts at global climate talks in Egypt to scale up supply of so-called adaptation finance. This comes as organisations representing more than 350 million family farmers and producers published an open letter to world leaders today, warning that global food security is at risk unless governments boost adaptation finance for small-scale production and promote a shift to more diverse, low-input agriculture.

ADB Water and Sanitation Resilience. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and partners announced the ambition to mobilise more than $200 million from 2021 to 2025 to support to build water and sanitation resilience and security in Asia and the Pacific. The Government of the Netherlands is supporting the initiative with a $20 million contribution to the newly established Water Resilience Trust Fund and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is providing $10 million to the Sanitation Financing Partnership Trust Fund under the initiative.

Global Fund for Coral Reefs. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed to scaling resilience action in partnership with the GFCR. USAID’s contribution of up to $15 million USD will accelerate blended finance programming to support the resilience of Egyptian Red Sea communities and their reef ecosystems.

Deep sea mining. Yesterday, French President Emmanuel Macron became the first head of state to call for a complete ban on deep-sea mining, an activity that would extract industrial quantities of minerals from the seabed in international waters in the near future.

Nature Positive Cooking. The Kitchen Connection Alliance, in close cooperation with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, launched an international cookbook to support the way that we eat for ourselves and for the planet. Celebrity chefs, organic farmers, indigenous cooks, and food activists share their favorite entrées and side dishes that are not only healthy and delicious but also sustainable.

Agriculture Sector Roadmap. The Agriculture Sector Roadmap to 1.5°C was launched yesterday. It was developed by 14 of the world’s largest agricultural commodity trading and processing companies to reduce emissions from land use change by halting deforestation linked to supply chains. Without reducing emissions from land use – which includes deforestation and the conversion of ecosystems – we will not reach our climate goal of holding the global temperature rise to 1.5°C. The roadmap represents a shared, sector-wide plan for addressing deforestation in supply chains, and also for accelerating collaboration with others to achieve that goal. It is the outcome of a year’s joint work between the signatories, who manage large global trade volumes in key agricultural commodities – including more than half of both Brazilian soy exports and global palm oil trade. The process was facilitated by the Tropical Forest Alliance, with support from WBCSD.
“Greenwashing can only be overcome if we can focus on transparency – and if we can change our focus so that carbon isn’t the only reason we’re talking about biodiversity.” Tom Crowther, professor of ecology at ETH Zurich and co-chair of the advisory board for the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration, sharing his thoughts at the Nature Zone Pavilion

Net-Zero Report 

The High-level Expert Group on the Net Zero Emissions Commitments of Non-State Entities, led by Catherine McKenna, released its report on the net-zero commitments of businesses, financial institutions, cities and regions. Dubbed by many as the "greenwashing" report, it sets out five principles that should guide the setting and achievement of net zero targets. "Plans must be ambitious, have integrity and transparency, be credible and fair." 

The report focuses on the urgent, deep and wide-ranging emissions reductions that must be taken by any company before using carbon credits to support beyond value chain mitigation (BVCM). But it is also recognises that high-integrity BVCM, including investments in nature, used in a high-integrity way can deliver material progress towards global climate, nature and sustainable development goals. The attention on the people and sectors most in need of support is vital, and by following this guidance and ensuring investment into high-quality nature-based solutions, it is possible to unlock real action on deforestation and nature loss, and real benefits going to real people. 

We have been collecting responses to the report, which we will share in tomorrow's newsletter. 

"The OPEC of Rainforests" 

We have been collecting reactions to reports that Brazil, Indonesia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are in strategic talks to align conservation efforts. Generally, the response has been that cooperation among these countries, home to 52% of the world's tropical forests is a welcome development as a forest-friendly leadership resumes power in Brazil. In the words of one negotiator well briefed on the matter: "As the international climate agenda is now firmly focussed on implementation rather than negotiation, the experience of success in reducing deforestation in Brazil (pre-Bolsonaro), and more recently in Indonesia, is much needed to bolster political will in favour of forest conservation in the DRC."

Another asked, "How can this 'OPEC of rainforests' work as a bloc in this phase of action? The newly launched Forest and Climate Leaders' Partnership may provide the appropriate high level political 'coalition of the willing' with which to negotiate country-specific packages of support that will enable these countries to achieve their ambitions to halt and reverse deforestation by 2030 while enabling sustainable economic development." 


Two for One: Are the climate impacts of trade a good proxy for biodiversity impacts?
Paper by UKRI GCRF and Chatham House discusses how we can link together local and national level measures on sustainable trade for agricultural commodities, such as soy, with international policy and private sector initiatives working towards the same goal. 

Deforestation in the Amazon is accelerating the point of no return
WWF’s Living Amazon Report, published yesterday, argues that threats to the integrity of the Amazon must be stopped through urgent measures to protect 80% of the rainforest by 2025 (80x25). Drawing on the latest available research, the report shows that without urgent action, the rainforest could reach a point of no return, directly affecting the livelihoods of the 47 million people living in the Amazon, 511 indigenous peoples groups, 10% of the planet's biodiversity, and aggravating the global climate and biodiversity crises.  

An Introduction to REDD+ Standards
The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, and the U.S. Government have released an introduction to REDD+ standards to simplify the understanding of various standards, funding sources, and markets for REDD+, and to provide a centralized site for accessing International REDD+ Standards.

New insights on Nature-based Solutions: Scaling up strategies for Net Zero, Nature Positive and addressing Inequality
WBCSD published a new report presenting findings and recommendations for NbS strategies for Net Zero, Nature Positive and addressing Inequality, based on the role that NCS can play for the climate.


All times local Sharm El-Sheikh time. The full schedule for the NatureZone can be viewed 

Transition Plans for A Net Zero, Nature Positive Future Lessons From Experience In The EU & The UK
Time: 8:30-9:30 AM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

A Roadmap to Aligning Food, Finance and Philanthropy with Climate Goals
Time: 8:30–9:30 AM 
Organizers: Planet Tracker / WINGS / FAIRR
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

The Challenges and Opportunities to Mobilize Finance Solutions for Food System Transformation
Time: 9:00-9:45 AM
Organizers: SNV, YARA, FOLU, Infarm, Clim-Eat
Location: Food Systems Pavilion

Climate is nature – time to break down the silos
Time: 9:00–10:00 AM
Organizers Planet Tracker/NatureFinance/S&P Global Sustainable1
Location: Climate Education Hub

How Indigenous-Led Funding Mechanisms are Changing the Climate Finance Landscape
Time: 9:00-10:00 AM
Organizers: The Nature Conservancy
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Private Sector Voluntary Carbon Finance In Support of Ambitious Country Climate Goals
Time: 9:30 - 11:00 AM
Organizers: ICROA
Location: IETA BusinessHub Side Event Room

Sustainable Agri-Food Systems as a Lever for Climate Neutrality and Food Security: The Role of Partnership and Cooperation in Research and Innovation
Time: 10:00 - 11:00
Place: Mediterranean Pavilion

The Exchanges View: The Why and How of Managing, Assessing and Disclosing On Nature-Related Risks
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Long-term Conservation Financing for People and Nature: Showcasing Project Finance for Permanence (PFP) Model
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Organizers: Pew Charitable Trusts
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Global Carbon Council: The Enabler for High Integrity Climate Action
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Organizers: Global Carbon Council
Location: IETA BusinessHub Side Event Room

The Importance of People In Forest Restoration
Time: 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
Organizers: Mastercard
Location We Mean Business Pavilion Auditorium A

Launch of the Community of Practice for Article 6 Implementing Countries
Time: 12:00-1:30 PM
Organizers: Global Green Growth Institute and German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action 
Location: IETA BusinessHub Side Event Room

Protecting the Okavango Basin: A Win for Nature, Climate, and People
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Organizers: National Geographic Society
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Koronivia In Action: Case Studies On Re-Imagining Africa Food Systems for Climate, Nature and People
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Building an African carbon market: Launch of the CBCC Carbon Registry 
Time: 1:00-2:00 PM
Organizers: UNECA with Afrieximbank
Location: Africa Pavilion

Safeguarding the rights of Indigenous Peoples in business-driven climate action
Time: 1:15-2:45 PM
Organizers: International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA)
Location: Amon Room (150)

Implementing Article 6.2: Ghana
Time: 1:30-3:00 PM
Organizers: Mercuria Energy Trading
Location: IETA BusinessHub Side Event Room

Inclusive Partnerships to Address the Climate and Biodiversity Crisis and Support Direct Finance for Indigenous peoples and local communities | 
Time: 1:30-2:30 PM
Organizers: Ujamaa Community Resource Team (UCRT) Tanzania, Fundación Ak’tenamit Guatemala, DGM Mexico/Red Indígena de Turismo de México (RITA) A.C., DGM Congo NSC/Repaleac, GEF-7 Inclusive Conservation Initiative
Location: 4th Paris Capacity-Building Hub

The National Policy for Environmental and Territorial Management of Indigenous Lands: Opportunities and Challenges for the Local Implementation of the Climate Agenda in the Brazilian Amazon from 2023
Time: 2:00 PM -3:15 PM
Location: Indigenous Peoples Pavilion

Indigenous Peoples’ food systems: regenerative, resilient and protectors of the land
Time: 2:30-3:30 PM
Organizers: CGIAR, FAO and Rockefeller Foundation 
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

Scaling Up Inclusive Green Financing Mechanisms in the Great Green Wall 

Time: 2:30-3:30 PM
Organizers: IFAD
Location: IFAD Pavilion

Net Zero Food Systems: Fact or fiction? Examining corporate, municipal and national pledges
Time: 2:30-3:45 PM
Organizers: IPES-Food
Location: Food 4 Climate Pavilion

Restore Africa: Turning Words into Action
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Organizers: Global Evergreening Alliance
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Building Indigenous and community power to stop climate change: using the law to protect our land
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM
Organizers: ClientEarth
Location: Amon Room (150)

Intertwined Fates: How the Arctic, Amazon, and Africa are connected and shape our climate future
Time: 3:00—4:30 PM
Organizers: Woodwell Climate Research Center 
Location: Hatshepsut Room(300)

Core principles for an independent grievance process in Article 6
Time: 3:00—4:30 PM
Organizers: Carbon Market Watch 
Location: Thebes Room (150)

COP27: Climate and Space, connecting and releasing planetary ambition
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Organizers: Oxford Space Commerce and Governance Initiative
Location: Hall B

Locally Led Action: Solutions from the Ground
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Organizers: WRI
Location: Climate Action Hub, Blue Zone

Policies and Instruments for A Green Economy in Rondônia Session 1: Sustainable Landscapes
Time: 3:00-4:00 PM
Organizers: SEDAM/RO
Location: Legal Amazon Hub

Policies and Instruments for a Green Economy in Rondônia Session 2: State’s Climate Finance Strategies 
Time: 3:15-4:15 PM
Organizers: SEDAM/RO
Location: Legal Amazon Hub 

What is needed to ensure we are truly protecting and regenerating the planet?
Time: 3:30-4:10 PM
Organizers: Climate Action
Location: Climate Action Innovation Zone

Forests of The Future: Scaling Up Restoration In Africa
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Unlocking Africa’s Restoration Potential – AFR100 Phase II: Growing Investment for Locally-Led Solutions
Time: 4:30-5:15 PM
Organizers: World Resources Institute
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Scaling Global Agricultural Soil Carbon Markets
Time: 4:30-6:00 PM
Organizers: Indigo Ag
Location: IETA BusinessHub Side Event Room

Tropical Rainforests: A Game Changer for Climate Finance
Time: 4:30–6:00 PM
Organizers: Coalition for Rainforest Nations, 
Location: EY Pavilion

Embedding Climate & Nature Into Corporate Decision Making: TCFD Reference Scenarios, TNFD Piloting, Enhanced Risk Management
Time: 4:30-5:30 PM
Organizers: WBCSD
Location We Mean Business Pavilion Auditorium B

Forest climate mitigation until 2030: Tracking progress, informing action
Time: 4:45—6:15 PM
Organizers: Center for International Forestry Research
Location: Akhenaten Room (150)

Forests in Africa – how satellites support climate actions!
Time: 4:45—6:15 PM
Organizers: European Space Agency
Location: Memphis  Room (300)

Brazil: the world's first net-negative major economy
Time: 4:45—6:15 PM
Organizers: Imaflora
Location: Osiris room (300)

Ramping Up Climate Finance for Building Community and Ecosystem Resilience
Time: 5:30-7:00 PM
Organizers: WWF
Location: WWF Pavilion

Leveraging global markets and innovative finance for food system resilience: A look at East Africa
Time: 5:30-6:30 PM
Organizers: Planet Tracker / CGIAR
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

Translating Pledges to Concrete Action for Indigenous Peoples
Time: 6:00-8:00 PM
Organizers: Conservation International
Location: Nature Zone Pavilion

Optimizing Forest Carbon Policy: Supporting NSCs & Attracting Investment
Time: 6:00-7:00 PM
Organizers: IETA
Location: IETA BusinessHub Side Event Room

Land restoration: a nature-based solution for resilience in times of uncertainty
Time: 6:15-7:45 PM
Organizers: Global Environment Facility and Rio Conventions Pavilion
Location: Rio Conventions Pavilion

Article 6.4 Supervisory Body - Transparency and Expectations From Our Stakeholders
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Organizers: UNFCCC
Location: Side Event Room Thebes, Blue Zone

Science to shape a climate smart and nature-positive financial system: Launch of the CGIAR Hub for Sustainable Finance (OneSF)
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Organizers: CGIAR, FAO and Rockefeller Foundation 
Location: Food and Agriculture Pavilion

COP27 BusinessHub Welcome Reception
Time: 7:00-8:30 PM
Organizers: IETA
Location: IETA BusinessHub Lounge



Nature Zone
The Nature Zone pavilion is a dedicated space at COP27 to bring to life the momentum, action, and impact that surrounds Nature Positive – the global goal to immediately halt and reverse nature loss by 2030. All events will be open for everyone to attend unless otherwise stated. Those not able to attend in person can watch the livestream on Nature4Climate’s YouTube channel. 

Full schedule can be found our new website! 

If you're on the ground, come find us in Zone C. Here's a helpful map, in case, like us, you find yourself hopelessly lost. 
Nature's Newsroom
Nature’s Newsroom is a bespoke broadcast studio within the Nature Zone which will be sharing nature positive stories via video content captured at COP27. The Newsroom will broadcast live from its studio daily starting Tuesday. There will be a Nature Positive show going live 10.30am local time each day, as well as interviews from partners including Eurovision and We Don't Have Time. For daily content from from the Newsroom, please go to the Trello board, where we will upload the best of our content each day. 


A climate change report card for the world
The Washington Post, Sarah Kaplan, 7 November

COP27: Indonesia considering joining newly-launched FCLP


COP27: Major food firms detail plans to eliminate deforestation by 2025

Reuters,  Jake Spring and Simon Jessop, 7 November

Small share of land rights pledge went to Indigenous groups: Progress report
Mongabay, John Cannon, 7 November

Can seaweed cultivation help fix the climate crisis? [Commentary]
Mongabay, Dr. David Koweek, Dr. Jim Barry, 7 November

Indigenous lands hold the world’s healthiest forests – but only when their rights are protected
Mongabay, Latoya Abulu and Laurel Sutherland, 7 November

If the US aspires to climate leadership, it must break its addiction to the products driving forest destruction [Commentary]
Mongabay, Sam Lawson, 7 November

Oil Palm and Tropical Peat – Company Commitments and Reporting in 2021
ZSL SPOTT, 8 November

Shady contracts, backdoor deals spur illegal gold mining in Bolivian Amazon
Mongabay, Maxwell Radwin, 8 November

More Governments Are Turning Against the Rush to Mine the Deep Sea
Bloomberg, Todd Woody, 7 November

Debt-for-Nature Swaps Gain Traction Among Developing Countries
Bloomberg, Natasha White, 7 November

Drought looms over midterm elections in the arid West
Grist, Jake Bittle, 8 November

Ocean-Eaten Islands, Fire-Scarred Forests: Our Changing World in Pictures
The New York Times, 8 November

To detox from Bolsonaro, fight like a forest
SUMAÚMA, Eliane Brum, 7 November

TIR Europe targets $250m for sustainable timber fund
Agri Investor, Chris Janiec, 7 November

Government failing to protect US forests most critical to fighting climate change, activists say

The Hill, Saul Elbein, 8 November

After the catastrophe, the very difficult.
SUMAÚMA, Eliane Brum, 8 November

MAAP #168: Amazon Fire Season 2022 
Monitoring of the Andean Amazon Project, 3 November

How Belize Cut Its Debt by Fighting Global Warming
The New York Times, Anatoly Kurmanaev, 7 November

COP27 puts two visions of Brazil side by side
Capital Reset, Sérgio Teixeira Jr., 8 November

As Glasgow forest pledge turns to action, most signatories drop out
Climate Home News, Joe Lo, 7 November

African nations can’t ‘adapt’ to the climate crisis. Here’s what rich countries must do [Commentary]
The Guardian, Vanessa Nakate, 8 November

Amazon destruction woes overshadow Brazil’s farming advances
Financial Times, Michael Stott, 7 November

Climate-resistant coffee trees could save Mozambique rainforest
Reuters, Sisipho Skweyiya and Emidio Jozine, 8 November

Regenerative agriculture seen as answer to averting Africa's growing food crisis
Reuters, Mark Hillsdon, 7 November


Nature4Climate and our partners Metabolic have updated and expanded the database for the NbS Policy Tracker, launched in 2021 at COP26. The NbS Policy Tracker is the world’s largest global database of public policies that facilitate the delivery of crucial NbS solutions. This includes legislation (laws or constitutions), subsidies, and strategies and plans with budgets. In addition to these policies, the database now also includes NbS in international commitments, such as the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) and National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs).

The nature-based policies identified—both last year and this year—will be available on the new N4C website and further integrated into N4C’s upcoming Naturebase platform.
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