Themes

Governance and legal frameworks to promote sustainable landscapes

Equitable development: What is the fairest of them all? Assessing aspects of equity in incentive mechanisms for natural resource conservation and management

Watch video Forests and natural resources have fueled much of recent economic boon in Southeast Asia over the past several decades. The high rates of GDP growth and accompanying rapid land-use changes have not brought equal prosperity for all, particularly for the groups who depend on forests and natural resources for their daily subsistence needs…

Climate change: Managing mangrove forests for climate change mitigation and adaptation benefits

Watch video Mangroves and other coastal ecosystems offer significant opportunities for climate change adaptation and mitigation, including livelihood support, food security and storm/flood protection. Several countries in the region are now investing in mangrove rehabilitation, and there are opportunities to introduce co-management, payment for environmental services (PES) or other benefit-sharing schemes as tangible incentives for…

Investments: Innovative approaches to financing for inclusive green returns

Watch video Global financial markets now find themselves at an inflection point distinguished by a 60% decline in cross-border capital flows since the 2007 peak, a 32% share of global capital flows to emerging economies in 2012 (compared to 5% in 2000), and US$ 1.9 trillion in ‘South-South’ foreign investments between emerging economies. These trends…

Governance: Jurisdictional approaches to green development: Importance, challenges and opportunities

Watch video There is growing agreement that jurisdictional scale approaches are necessary in order to address the local challenges of green development in a way that can lead to national-scale results. And yet identifying and pursuing the best approaches is challenging in the context of ongoing decentralization and domestic reform processes, increasingly dynamic global commodity…

Equitable development: Social forestry and sustainable value chains towards a Green Economy in ASEAN

Watch video Read the official invitation to the session here. The ASEAN economic community (AEC) aims to achieve economic integration of ASEAN countries to produce a single market and production base, which will be more dynamic and competitive. Regional integration will focus on priority sectors including wood and related products. ASEAN in the AEC espouses…

Equitable development: Sustainable landscapes, green growth and poverty reduction

Watch video Asia has been a powerhouse of economic development in the past several decades and is making significant progress to achieve MDGs targets. The role of ASEAN is particularly significant in the growth of Asia. This impressive growth brings with it tremendous environmental and social challenges. Deforestation, illegal logging and forest degradation are continuing…

Climate change: Building natural capital: How REDD+ can support a green economy

Watch video This session examined the role that REDD+ can play in the transition to a green economy, with a specific focus on private sector engagement and investments into sustainable landscapes using practical examples from forest countries. The session built on the recently released IRP report (Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green…

Investments: Improving private sector and smallholder participation and performance in sustainable oil palm development

Watch video The private sector is increasingly engaging with environmental and social issues within its supply chain, in particular when sourcing from developing countries. Natural capital subsidizes production economies but is not included on a company balance sheet, although it is increasingly accepted that we are not paying the true cost of our consumables. Acknowledgement…

Governance: Governing access and securing rights to land and resources

Watch video Insecure titles over land, and unclear land and forest-use rights continue to hamper the efforts of the rural poor to secure their livelihoods throughout Southeast Asia. Agricultural expansion, illegal logging, new road infrastructure and settlements, mining concessions and increasing demands for land for food, fodder, fiber and bioenergy crops continue to result in…