Legacy Landscapes Fund at COP27

Date: November 18, 2022

Learning from LLF on the biodiversity-climate change nexus

Map of irrecoverable carbon at LLF sites
Irrecoverable carbon stored at current and prospective LLF sites. Map © Nature Sustainability

Stefanie Lang, LLF’s executive director, spoke this week at a COP27 event organized by the International Development Finance Club (IDFC)

On 16 November, Stefanie appeared on a panel at the event Nature based solutions: an effective tool for NDBs to mainstream adaptation to discuss lessons learnt from Legacy Landscapes Fund. 

The event explored the role that nature plays in managing the adverse impacts of climate change, and the need for greater financial mobilization to invest in nature-based solutions. 

During her presentation, Stefanie presented a map illustrating the irrecoverable carbon stored by LLF’s 7 pilot sites and several upcoming prospective sites. In addition to preserving precious biodiversity, a key benefit of protecting outstanding natural areas is its impact on climate mitigation, with many biodiverse sites serving as globally important carbon sinks.

Speaking on the panel alongside Stefanie was WWF’s Shaun Martin, IUCN’s Stewart Maginnis, GEF’s Jason Spensley, and Agence française de développement (AFD)’s Aurélien Guingand. 

The keynote speech was given by BNDES’s Gustavo Montezano and Samalia Zubairu, president and CEO of African Finance Coporation, provided closing remarks.

The 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference ran from 6-18 November 2022, with representatives from countries and organisations around the world gathering to take action on climate change.

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