While some of the implications of climate change still seem far away, record-setting heatwaves, flooding, storms and wildfires already imply significant economic and social costs to societies globally. These events are also indications of the potential future social, economic, geopolitical, and environmental disruptions of climate change. At the same time, a growing number of companies in developing countries and emerging markets offer products and services that support their customers in adapting to climate change.
In 2018, an estimated $170 billion have been spent on climate solutions globally and that market is expected to more than double in size by 2022. However, actual financing flows into climate adaptation solutions are insufficient in view of the challenges the world is facing and the urgency of the problem.
The e-talk will give an overview of the field of climate adaptation finance and highlight market trends and developments. It will cover common challenges -such as pipeline building and impact assessment. Climate finance investors will join us to explain how they have overcome these challenges, by providing examples of existing investment strategies. There will be opportunities for questions and further exchanges on the topic in the second part of the session.
The e-talk will be provided as a cooperation between Germany's Agency of International Cooperation GIZ and EVPA. It is a starting point for further support to EVPA members provided under the GIZ project Climate Adaptation Finance.
Urs Dieterich is Managing Director of the Landscape Resilience Fund, which he spent the past three years developing. He holds a Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale University and has previously worked in renewable energy investments, community-based reforestation in Kenya, forest monitoring in Armenia, carbon forestry in Colombia, and soil science research in Indonesia.
Laura Würtenberger is an expert on climate finance with more than 15 years of experience in the public and private sector. She worked for GIZ, where she was responsible for a large development cooperation project on climate finance readiness, for a Dutch think tank advising governments on international climate policy, and for a large institutional asset manager, where she developed and managed one of the first Emerging Markets sustainability equity funds.
Peter Onguka is the Head of Lending for the Africa portfolio at Root Capital, a leader in social impact investment in rural communities around the world. In this role, he focuses on providing innovative financial products to coffee enterprises in East Africa and to other small and growing agricultural businesses across the continent