Seventh Global Policy Forum on Natural Capital

The Global Policy Forum on Natural Capital is the signature annual event of the Global Program on Sustainability of the World Bank. Co-organized with the United Nations Statistics Division, the Forum aims to connect users—primarily the investment community and policy makers—with both data and analytics, and data providers, to share knowledge and experiences on incorporating natural capital accounting and approaches in decision making.

The 7th Global Policy Forum on Natural Capital, Implementing the Global Biodiversity Framework: Leveraging Natural Capital Data, Accounting and Analysis to Inform Policies, taking place in Kigali, Rwanda, will bring together governments and other relevant stakeholders to discuss the policies that will help with the implementation of the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and thus contribute to the achievement of the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) goals and targets. Over two days, sessions will focus on and highlight the importance and need to leverage existing data and analytics on natural capital and ecosystem services, including natural capital accounting, to design such policies and actions.


Day 1 Tuesday, 5 March, 2024

Opening Remarks 

  • Dr. Sahr Kpundeh World Bank Country Manager for Rwanda
  • Mr. Ozonnia Ojielo UN Resident Coordinator
  • Hon. Dr. Claudine Uwera Minister of State for the Environment, Ministry of Environment, Rwanda

Keynote address

  • Dr. Valerie Hickey, Knowledge, lobal Director, Environment, Natural Resources & the Blue Economy, World Bank
Session 1: The Economic Case for Nature    
Session  2: Data use and challenges for implementing the GBF monitoring framework    
  • Presentation: GBF Monitoring framework presentation and supporting NCA dataDr. Ilaria Di Matteo, UNSD
    • Panel discussion: Using natural capital data and analysis to design and monitor national biodiversity strategies 
      • Ms. Christine Magu, Kenya Bureau of Statistics
      • Ms. Etjih Tasriah, BPS-Statistics Indonesia
      • Ms. Perpetual Ikebudu, National Bureau Statistics, Nigeria
      • Moderator: Dr. Ilaria di Matteo
Session 3: Natural Capital data and analysis for biodiversity and ecosystems    

Poster presentations

Session 4: High level panel discussion    
  • Ms. Beatrice Cyiza, Director General, Environment & Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environment, Rwanda  
  • Ms. Daphne Chabu, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Zambia 
  • Mr. Moses Kaggwa, Director, Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Uganda 
  • Eng. Festus Ng’eno, Environment and Climate Change, Permanent Secretary, Kenya 

Moderator: Dr. Valerie Hickey, World Bank


Day 2 Wednesday, 6 March, 2024

Session 5 Getting the incentives right for biodiversity conservation     

Moderator: Dr. Uju Dim, World Bank


Poster presentations: 

 Session 6 Country experiences on biodiversity policies    

Panel discussion and open floor

  • Mr. Peter Dery, Director of Environment, MESTI, Ghana 
  • Ms. Ellané van Wyk, Finance Solution incubation and Implementation Lead, Sustainable Finance Coalition 
  • Mr. Musa Kathanje, Director of Macro and Fiscal Affairs Department, Kenya

Moderator: Mr. Gunnar Köhlin 


 Session 7 Global Biodiversity Framework: developing and implementing NBSAPs and financial plans

Opening presentation by: Mr. Francis Ogwal, NEMA, Uganda 


Poster presentations


 Session 8 Mobilizing private finance for biodiversity

Panel discussion 

  • Kampeta Sayinzoga, CEO, Rwanda Development Bank (BRD), Rwanda 
  • Dr. Simon Morgan, Chief Biodiversity Officer & Co-founder, ValueNature 
  • Dr. Charlotte De Fontaubert, Senior Fisheries Specialist, World Bank 

Moderator: Ms. Ellané van Wyk 



Event Date

Tuesday, 05 March 2024 - 8:30am to Wednesday, 06 March 2024 - 5:00pm

Global Programme on Sustainability- Event page

Learn more about this event at the event webpage here.