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Wageningen University

Landscape Finance: Investing in Innovation for Sustainable Landscapes

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Overview

Landscape approaches call for innovative interventions that cut across sectors and scales. Public and private funders are ready to invest but there are gaps to bridge. Integrated landscape investments, which enable bankable projects to be realized, need to be built on shared understandings and motivations between landscape inhabitants and leaders and the world of finance.

Are you from the finance world and want to think from a landscape perspective? Or, are you working in or for a landscape and want to mobilise resources? Join this course and bridge the gap between finance and landscapes. Gain critical insights and develop the skills to capitalize on investors motivation to invest and the need for innovative financing in landscapes

Financial experts will share their experiences and get you ready to join the global momentum on financing landscape initiatives. You'll learn about multi-sector, multi-stakeholder investments that manage and affect multiple landscape functions.

Join this MOOC now and jump right into breaking down complex language and concepts in a light and highly interactive manner. Learn about plural values and how they can be achieved with the right investment. Learn too how to stimulate, secure and coordinate the execution of that investment. During this course, you'll also learn to develop integrated investment strategies to support landscape leaders and investors in their related efforts.

Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes

This course is also part of the Sustainable and Inclusive Landscapes Professional Certificate Programme. Following the complete programme lets you harness the power of place and advance your career as a landscape leader. The programme consists of the following courses, which can be taken in any given order:

  • Landscape Finance: Investing in Innovation for Sustainable Landscapes (this course)
  • Landscape Leadership: Catalyse Sustainable Development in Landscapes
  • Landscape Governance: Collaborating Across Sectors and Scales
  • Climate Action in Biodiverse Landscapes

Syllabus

1: Introduction to Landscape Finance

In this first module, you will join the mission to develop a shared language and understanding of the key investment challenges in our world’s landscapes.

2: The Business Case

In this module, you will learn the importance of thinking like an investor and start to assess landscape opportunities for the multiple values they create.

3: Financing Sources and Mechanisms

In this module, you will learn about the diverse plural sources of capital and funding for landscape investments. You will also learn the unique traits and demands of various sources and how they seek to compliment and use each other.

4: Bankable Projects

In this module, you will learn how investors assess and are attracted to invest in projects and businesses. You will explore what makes propositions more attractive and try out tools to strengthen your pull to investors.

5: Coordinating Investments

In this module, you will learn about the key challenge of coordinating investments and activities in multi-stakeholder settings. You will also learn about the logical need to prioritise and schedule investments for better impact.

6: Put Your Knowledge into Action

Throughout the short course, you have been applying your learning to a case of your choosing. In this module, you will bring it all together, show what you have learned and present yourself and your case.

Taught by

James Mulkerrins and Seth Shames

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