Biodiversity Finance Accelerator - Malawi & Zambia

Biodiversity Finance Accelerator - Malawi & Zambia

BioFA launches Practitioner Labs: Green Finance for Climate Adaptation & Biodiversity

10 November 2022 - Lilongwe, Malawi

The Biodiversity Finance Accelerator (BioFA), in collaboration with SEED, is hosting a Practitioner Labs: Green Finance for Climate Adaptation & Biodiversity. The Practitioner Labs seek to facilitate a hands-on process that results in targeted green finance solutions, which support the growth of MSMEs that are actively delivering biodiversity solutions and championing climate adaptation efforts across their value chains.

The Practitioner Labs gathers key stakeholders to co-create and refine tailored financial mechanisms to deliver capital for local biodiversity initiatives. There will be two workshops in Malawi, a Kick-Off Lab (17-18 November 2022) and a Scale-Up Lab (24 November 2022), with panel expert presentations, co-creation sessions and knowledge sharing, and networking.

Target participants are government representatives, regulators, financial institutions, banks, NGOs, international organisations, academia, green SMEs and private sector actors. The Practitioner Labs is a tried and tested concept for multi-stakeholder collaboration and co-creation to produce tangible outputs that drive forward existing initiatives for green finance. Other past iterations of the Practitioner Labs are SEED Practitioner Labs for Policy Prototyping & Climate Finance (South Africa, Uganda, Ghana, Indonesia, Thailand, India) and UGEFA Green Finance Academy Trainings and Innovation Lab (Uganda).

The Practitioner Labs are implemented by adelphi (Germany), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Malawi), UMODZI Consulting (Malawi) and the Women's Entrepreneurship Access Centre – WEAC (Zambia). The Labs are part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI) supported by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Nuclear Safety and Consumer Protection (BMUV) of Germany.

For more information, please contact our team: Julia Rohe-Frydrych, Project Manager, here


What is the Biodiversity Finance Accelerator (BioFA)?

BioFA mobilises biodiversity investments and scales biodiversity-positive entrepreneurship, thus contributing to a sustainable use, conservation and restoration of ecosystems in Malawi and Zambia. Biodiversity-positive micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) are supported to access finance and invest into growth while financial institutions and other ecosystem players are trained in conservation finance to co-create innovative financing instruments for biodiversity MSMEs.

This project is part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports this initiative on the basis of a decision adopted by the German Bundestag. Please refer to the IKI webpage for further information: https://www.international-climate-initiative.com/en 

 

What are biodiversity-positive enterprises?

Biodiversity-positive enterprises have developed business models which from the outset are designed to conserve and restore ecosystems and thus create positive biodiversity impacts.
These business models focus on:

  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Ecotourism
  • Reforestation
  • Invasive species management
  • Provision of resource alternatives
  • Biodiversity-based products

Please find more information on the business models of newly selected biodiversity-positive enterprises for the BioFA business acceleration programme under the News section!