African NCA Community of Practice Webinar: Combining Forces on Natural Capital: Working with the Private Sector

The webinar is part of a series under the Africa Natural Capital Accounting Community of Practice organized in cooperation between UNSD and the World Bank Global Program on Sustainability, the Gaborone Declaration for Sustainability in Africa, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the United Nations Environment Programme, the Green Growth Knowledge Platform, the Conservation International and the Capitals Coalition. 

 

Date and time: 3 September 2020 at 11:00 - 12:30 UTC / 13:00 - 14:30 CEST / 14:00 - 15:30 EAT / 07:00 - 08:30 EDT

 

Context

As part of the Africa NCA Community of Practice, the Capitals Coalition offers to host an introductory webinar on the subject of “Combining Forces on Natural Capital: Working with the Private Sector”. This webinar is inspired by feedback from the community in July 2020, where approximately 40% of the membership expressed an interest in “engaging with the private sector” in relation to natural capital accounting.

 

Objective

The objective of this webinar is to raise understanding within the CoP of how businesses can interpret natural capital approaches, and to inspire further discussion on how private sector engagement might be productive to the African NCA community.

To achieve this objective, the webinar will:

  • Offer the CoP an introductory overview to how businesses across the world have engaged with natural capital in its broadest sense, and what drives business action.
  • Assess the private sector efforts in relation to NCA; what elements are shared, and where there are differences. Critically, we will look at where opportunities have emerged for greater collaboration and alignment. This material will be taken from the Capitals Coalition’s “Combining Forces” project.
  • Hear from two projects within Africa that are already engaging the private sector on natural capital, including the ambitions for scalability.
  • Participants and panelists will then discuss if and how such efforts might be explored further and what benefits the NCA community could realize through closer engagement with business. This includes seeking suggestions for future case studies.

The webinar will use live polling to gather feedback from participants.

 

Draft Agenda

Time

What

Who

5 mins

Welcome

Peter Katanisa, World Bank

10 mins

Why the private sector?

Overview presentation of how businesses around the world have engaged with natural capital as a concept, and what drives their interest.

Hannah Brooke, Capitals Coalition

15 mins

How does this relate to NCA?

A more technical analysis of how private sector efforts relate to NCA in practice; what elements are shared, and where there are differences.

To include practical suggestions for greater collaboration and alignment. Material will be taken from the Capitals Coalition’s “Combining Forces” project.

Martin Lok, Capitals Coalition

15 mins

Case study 1: NCA and South Africa’s forestry sector

Presentation of a new project in South Africa, where SEEA methodology is applied to a forestry company with the objective of informing more sustainable landscape management.

Steve Germishuizen, Sustainable African Forest Assurance Scheme

15 mins

Case study 2: Subject TBC

[Example of where natural capital information has been applied to either agricultural or infrastructure business in Africa]

Speaker TBC

30 mins

Moderated discussion

Open Q&A with audience.

Guided questions will include if and how engagement with the private sector could benefit the African NCA community and will open suggestions for future case studies.

All speakers

Event Date

Thursday, 03 September 2020 - 7:00am