February 7, 2019 | 8:30-11am ET

New Developments for Climate Smart Landscapes Globally: Policy, Partnerships, and Finance

FAO Liaison Office for North America, Washington D.C.

Join us to catch up on and share the most recent developments affecting the implementation and advancement of climate smart landscapes around the world.

Amidst mounting challenges posed by climate change, we are asked to do more in terms of mitigation and adaptation with fewer resources. Addressing these challenges is made more difficult by a dearth of public sector funding. While this poses significant risks and constraints to implementing climate smart interventions, it is also leading many to creatively pursue opportunities for collaboration, new forms of funding and investment, and novel mechanisms for partnerships across levels and sectors.

These new developments can be tough to keep track of, which is where this month’s FAO-EcoAgriculture Partners Landscape Roundtable comes in. Join us for a discussion on the future of policy and finance for climate smart partnerships in the global sphere. At this roundtable we will explore, with you, recent insights and innovations in climate smart agriculture and understand what challenges and opportunities we have to invest in climate projects and programs. Invited speakers will review some key topics to get the conversation started:

  • Who are the emerging players in climate and agriculture policy? Who is driving innovation in climate smart partnerships?
  • What sectors are engaging in this realm, and what are their roles? How will academia, private, public, non-profit, and philanthropic sectors work together on these matters?
  • What new risks and barriers to implementing climate smart landscapes have arisen since COP 24? What new opportunities?
  • What are key opportunities (and challenges) for investment in climate smart landscapes and partnerships?


  • Thomas Hammond, Senior Officer for Land and Water, Climate, Biodiversity, Land and Water Department, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Genevieve Maricle, Global Knowledge and Innovation Lead, Climate and Energy Practice, World Wildlife Fund
  • Rebecca Carter, Deputy Director, Climate Resilience Practice, World Resources Institute


Thomas Hammond, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Thomas Hammond is Senior Lands Officer with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, providing technical assistance in the Lands and Water Division of FAO as well as working to establish the landscape approach as a key component of FAO’s organizing framework for sustainable land management in food production systems. Previously he was Secretary for the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (within UN Environment). He has developed and led numerous initiatives in environment and sustainable development – and over the past 20 years have held increasingly senior positions in program management, strategic program design and implementation, ecosystem management and research, and knowledge management – including program monitoring and evaluation. Thomas has extensive international experience in over 25 countries, as well as in capacity building, communication, facilitation, and leading multi-disciplinary teams.

Genevieve Maricle, World Wildlife Fund US

Genevieve Maricle currently serves as the Global Knowledge and Innovation Lead in the Climate and Energy Practice at the World Wildlife Fund, with a particular focus on the key role of sub-national and private sector actors in increasing climate ambition, as well as on opportunities in forest, food, and land use, and at the climate-development nexus. Prior to her time at WWF, Genevieve served as senior policy advisor to U.S. Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on sustainable development and climate change. In this capacity, she led the U.S. Mission to the UN’s efforts surrounding both the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For the latter, she served as the deputy lead U.S. negotiator, helping to coordinate strategic and policy priorities across the U.S. interagency.

Rebecca Carter, World Resources Institute

Rebecca focuses on governance issues related to climate resilience, including the transparency, equity and inclusivity of adaptation planning and implementation processes. Her work encompasses mainstreaming adaptation across sectors and across scales from national to local, climate finance, and making adaptation interventions more transformative. Rebecca has worked on climate change issues for much of her career, in academic, non-profit and federal government roles. She has conducted research on why agricultural adaptation will need to be more transformative and how to make it so; the climate change implications of water policies on demand and supply; how to make climate information more useful for diverse user groups; and intersections of land use planning and climate change. Prior to joining WRI, she was a Foreign Service Environment Officer with USAID.


The Roundtable is part of an on-going series of discussions focusing on climate change, agriculture, and landscapes. The series has been jointly organized by EcoAgriculture Partners and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations since 2009.


The Landscapes Roundtable series uses Chatham House Rules to allow for open discussion from all participants, including senior government and business leaders. Media, please note that direct quotation of participants, including panelists, during the event is not possible without explicit permission from the speaker. For this reason also, we do not livestream, broadcast or record these events. Unattributed discussion summary notes are circulated to those who RSVP.

Event Details



Light Breakfast and Networking


Short Interventions from Invited Experts


Roundtable Discussion


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