We are pleased to invite you to the Livelihoods Fund reception drink. Networking and social interaction hold an essential role at the World Conservation Congress and provide opportunities to meet with field practitioners, build new partnerships and share experiences informally in a welcoming place and a friendly mood.
About the Livelihoods Fund and the joint collaboration with IUCN:
Tens of thousands of people around the world are getting greater access to food because of a new investment fund. IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) supports the Livelihoods Fund, which allows companies to offset their carbon footprint by investing in ecosystem restoration programmes that deliver lasting community benefits, including increased food security.
Over the past four years, the Livelihoods Fund, in partnership with IUCN and Ramsar, has implemented innovative carbon projects; and the co-development of a methodology for carbon accounting of large-scale mangrove restoration. This has boosted restoration efforts by making large-scale projects more accessible and easier to implement.
The Livelihoods Fund provides its investors with a return in the form of high quality carbon offsets. The Fund will store of 6.1 million Teq CO2 over the next two decades, primarily through three types of projects: the restoration and preservation of natural ecosystems, agro-forestry, and the boosting of rural energy supplies.
“Through this innovative investment model, carbon finance provides real opportunities rather than being just a carbon storage method,” says Bernard Giraud, President of the Livelihoods Venture. “The Livelihoods Fund helps the private sector meet its carbon emission reduction targets, while securing funding for the restoration of habitats that have an important role to play in reducing poverty and food insecurity for some of the world’s most vulnerable people.”