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Transforming the Financial System for Investment in Sustainable Landscapes

Preliminary findings and recommendations


  • Daniel Zimmer


January 2, 2021

Support Provided By

  • Climate KIC
  • IKEA Foundation
  • The Rockefeller Foundation
  • UNDP
  • 1000 Landscapes for 1 Billion People

Short Summary

Landscape Finance is a key enabler to supporting ILM and local partnerships in developing the scale and impacts needed to support implementing the UN-Sustainable Development Goals. However, systemic action is needed to address the key barriers and opportunities in the sector.


This presentation, by Daniel Zimmer of Climate KIC, presents the methodology and initial findings of the draft report ‘Transforming the Financial System for Investment in Sustainable Landscapes’. The research involved more than 40 interviews with over 66 financiers about their experience and perspectives from lending, investing and grant-making to commercial, non-profit and public investments in local landscape portfolios.

These interviews, along with the workshop conducted on November 5th, 2020, are meant to build an understanding of opportunities and challenges for landscape finance, generate feedback on the 1000L initiative and investigate the interest and needs of financial institutions related to landscape finance.

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