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Opportunities for climate adaptation finance – an introduction


Opportunities for climate adaptation finance – an introduction

While some of the implications of climate change still seem far away, record-setting heatwaves, flooding, storms and wildfires already imply significant economic and social costs to societies globally. These events are also indications of the potential future social, economic, geopolitical, and environmental disruptions of climate change. At the same time, a growing number of companies in developing countries and emerging markets offer products and services that support their customers in adapting to climate change.

In 2018, an estimated $170 billion have been spent on climate solutions globally and that market is expected to more than double in size by 2022. However, actual financing flows into climate adaptation solutions are insufficient in view of the challenges the world is facing and the urgency of the problem.

The e-talk will give an overview of the field of climate adaptation finance and highlight market trends and developments. It will cover common challenges -such as pipeline building and impact assessment. Climate finance investors will join us to explain how they have overcome these challenges, by providing examples of existing investment strategies. There will be opportunities for questions and further exchanges on the topic in the second part of the session.

The E-Talk will be provided as a cooperation between Germany's Agency of International Cooperation GIZ and EVPA. It is a starting point for further support to EVPA members provided under the GIZ project Climate Adaptation Finance.

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Meet the speakers

Anja Koenig

Anja Koenig - EVPA

Anja-N. Koenig is an impact investing, entrepreneurship and sustainable development expert as well as a trained facilitator in collaborative innovation and system change processes. She has more than 20 years of professional experience in the DACH region, (Central and Eastern) Europe, MENA, Africa, Asia and Latin America working with public and private sector clients on impact strategies, innovative finance and public private partnerships as well as incubating innovative projects for impact.

Denise Engel

Denise Engel - Lead Private Climate Adaptation Finance

Denise Engel has been working for GIZ for over ten years in projects at the interface of the private sector and climate change in Germany and abroad. She currently leads the Private Adaptation Finance component of the global project NDC Assist.

Laura Würtenberger

Laura Würtenberger - Consultant, Climate Adaptation Finance

Laura Würtenberger is an expert on climate finance with more than 15 years of experience in the public and private sector. She worked for GIZ, where she was responsible for a large development cooperation project on climate finance readiness, for a Dutch think tank advising governments on international climate policy, and for a large institutional asset manager, where she developed and managed one of the first Emerging Markets sustainability equity funds.

Peter Onguka

Peter Onguka - Head of Lending, Africa, Root Capital

Peter Onguka is the Head of Lending for the Africa portfolio at Root Capital, a leader in social impact investment in rural communities around the world. In this role, he focuses on providing innovative financial products to coffee enterprises in East Africa and to other small and growing agricultural businesses across the continent

Urs Dieterich

Urs Dieterich - Managing Director, Landscape Resilience Fund

Urs Dieterich is Managing Director of the Landscape Resilience Fund, which he spent the past three years developing. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and has previously worked in renewable energy investments, community-based reforestation in Kenya, forest monitoring in Armenia, carbon forestry in Colombia, and soil science research in Indonesia.

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH is a global service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work. As a public-benefit federal enterprise, GIZ supports the German Government and many public and private sector clients to develop effective solutions that offer people better prospects and sustainably improve their living conditions. The project Private Adaptation Finance is implemented by GIZ on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) until the end of 2023 and aims at mobilising investments in private sector solutions for climate change adaptation and resilience. To this end, the project works with growth-stage SMEs and investors in Nigeria and Kenya to finance and scale adaptation technologies, services and products by offering peer-learning, training and technical assistance.

Root Capital provides credit and capacity building to small and growing agricultural businesses around the globe. It invests in the growth of agricultural enterprises that are building a more prosperous, inclusive, and resilient future for rural communities. Root Capital expands access to finance for enterprises whose credit needs are too big for microfinance and too risky for commercial banks. This credit is paired with customised training in financial management, governance, agronomic capacity, and more. To date, Root Capital has distributed $1.6 billion to improve the lives of over 10 million people in farming families.

The Landscape Resilience Fund (LRF) is an impact-driven, non-profit foundation that mobilises private and public climate finance for vulnerable smallholders and landscapes in the Global South. The LRF was co-developed by South Pole and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to create a scalable way to support meaningful climate adaptation in rural landscapes. With the support of the Global Environment Facility and the commitment of Chanel as anchor investor, the fund is now rallying more institutions to channel philanthropic grant funding to invest in a resilient future.

The EVPA Investing for Development offers its community a convening platform with a series of E-talks and Meet-ups to dive deeper into different topics critical to the investing for development community, to share best practices and to continue build strong bridges between the Investing for impact and the international development community.

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