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The Lowest Hanging Impact Fruit: The Potential of Blended Finance to Catalyze an Amazon Bioeconomy

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The largest tropical rainforest in the world is replete with (“forgotten”) palms, seeds and plants that can nourish humanity with superfoods, cosmetics, natural fibers, pharmaceuticals, etc. In addition, given the potential and importance of this biome to the planet’s climate and to humanity’s future, there exist countless sources of grant funding, acceleration programs, venture philanthropy, impact investors, and specialized debt sources that can support sustainable investments in the Amazon. However, in spite of such potential for a thriving sustainably based bioeconomy, deforestation continues at alarming rates, and the current prevailing economic model has not proven to inclusively foster well-being with local populations.

In this context, how can these sources of capital synergistically collaborate to bring these viable enterprises that leverage the Amazon bioeconomy to scale?  What innovative mechanisms have already been used to allow grants to catalyze other types of capital in the Amazon, or examples in other regions that could be replicated in the Amazon? What is the potential size of the “lowest hanging fruits” of this Amazon bioeconomy, and how can we structure win-win blended finance partnerships?

Confirmed Panelists

Marcio Sztutman: Latin American Director at Palladium, responsible for U.K. Governments Partnerships For Forests program that seeks to catalyze investments in which the private sector, public sector and communities can achieve shared value from sustainable forests and sustainable land use.
While at TNC, as Amazon Conservation Manager, Marcio oversaw the design, implementation and monitoring of TNC Amazon strategies, promoting conservation on private lands, maximizing conservation in Indigenous Lands and Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+).

Liane Freire: Co-Founder of Bioma Ventures, creator the the Impact Valley project. These are initiatives that bring big investors closer to entrepreneurs who are developing technologies for a better future. Turning business into a means of generating the common good and prosperity for the greatest number of people.  Since 1985 she has dedicated her life to her role as a sustainable development impact entrepreneur. First at the helm of Dialog Institute, a think & tank focused on generating innovative knowledge and technologies and supporting public policies aimed at developing people, territories. and society. Dialog helped build the National Youth Policy and implement Venture Philanthropy strategies for the Instituto Pão de Açúcar.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YBVhlWaGsac

Derek Gallo: Presently Derek is Chief Regenerative Alchemist & Co-Founder of Awí Superfoods, a “food-for-good tech” that seeks to catalyze an Amazon bioeconomy, aspiring towards regenerative nutrition for people and the planet. Derek worked most of his career in M&A, capital raising and turnarounds, since 2002 has been an angel impact investment in various social enterprises in the clean energy, fintech and philanthropy sectors.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/galloderek/

 

Unconfirmed Panelists

Sylvain Goupille: Managing Director of Mirova’s Natural Capital business, where he designs and manages investment funds to finance transition towards sustainable land use, including the Althelia Ecosphere+ Climate Fund.

Sylvain was formerly a Sustainability Manager at PwC and Head of Climate Finance investment banking at BNP Paribas.
https://www.linkedin.com/in/sylvaingoupille/.

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