Senior Director, Programs and Explorer Development - Asia-Pacific National Geographic Society
Southeast Asia’s forests contain some of the world’s richest and most valuable resources and habitats; they provide goods such as timber, food and fuel and ecological functions such as nutrient cycling, carbon storage and water and air purification. Forests play a crucial role in fighting against climate change and have significant economic, ecological and social value, providing livelihoods for hundreds of millions of people, habitat for a wide range of plant and animal species and creating social impact along the value chain of forest products. Yet, Southeast Asian forests have the highest deforestations rates of all tropical regions and are particularly vulnerable to disturbance. Today’s destruction of forest resources prevents future value generation from forest resources.
The immediate and apparent threats provide direct opportunities and needs for key stakeholders and investors to address forest degradation and catalyse investments to maintain and increase forest ecosystem services – while using forest resources. Achievement of a sustainable market with a magnitude that can provide long-term, durable and sustainable finance will require both mission- and business-driven solutions, as currently the funding pipeline is lacking concentrated effort and impact. This panel explores what is holding back on investments to forest ecosystem services, with the aim to develop a positive attitude toward collaborative action and long-term funding initiatives.
- What collaborations and partnerships are needed to tackle forest conservation to enable an improved flow of ecosystem services
- How to increase funding for forest ecosystem services and support for existing projects with long-term impact creation objectives
- What are challenges of market-based mechanisms as tools to protect forest resources?
- What type of financial mechanisms are in place and what are the opportunities to establish a reliable pipeline of funding for viable and impactful projects