Land Use, Forestry & Voluntary Forum

The Land Use, Forests & Voluntary Markets Forum brings together views, opinions and documents on the subject of climate finance and investment in forestry, land use and voluntary markets.

Land Use & Forestry

Forestry and land use play a crucial role when it comes to tackling climate change. Emissions from the sector amount to about 12% of emissions globally, and reducing these will be vital for tackling climate change in the future. Market mechanisms and in particular REDD+ will have a crucial role to play in the continuous development of climate finance.

CMIA has been actively engaged around the world on issues relating to REDD+ for a number of years. CMIA has been focused on the development of REDD+ and LULUCF initiatives including accounting processes, methodologies, finance, donor and government led mechanisms. This Forum explores current developments in the forestry and land-use space, with a particular emphasis on developments in REDD+.

Land Use and Forestry Working Group Chairs: Christina Elvers and Roberta Iley

Christina is a sustainability and climate change consultant at PwC UK. She focuses her work on forestry and land use policy, climate fund management and international development.
She has worked with both companies and governments on sustainable land-use and forestry, advising developing countries on their REDD+ strategies, supporting a global bank on its Forestry Policy and working with retailers on their zero deforestation commitments.

From 2014-2016, Christina headed up the Advocacy Fund of the DfID-funded Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) where she delivered negotiation support to negotiators from the developing world.

Together with Roberta Iley, Christina is the private sector observer to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) on behalf of CMIA.

Roberta is a specialist in forests and sustainable land use within PwC’s UK Sustainability & Climate Change team. With a background in global environmental policy, Roberta has since built up a considerable experience in sustainable procurement at PwC, and previously at CDP, working with companies and investors on deforestation-free commodity supply chains.

Roberta now supports PwC’s involvement in the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s working group on climate smart agriculture and works with governments and NGOs on leveraging private sector finance for conservation.

Together with Christina Elvers, Roberta is the private sector observer to the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) on behalf of CMIA.

Voluntary Markets

Voluntary markets continue to evolve and broaden in scope and scale. This forum has participants driving innovation for new developments, technologies and markets. With the influence of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have encouraged companies to report their progress more specifically when it comes to CSR, there has been a shift away from older methodologies and a boost in demand for more value-added offsets as well as water-related projects. This Forum explores the investment developments and trends in voluntary markets, what constitutes best practice and the policy drivers of demand.

Voluntary Markets Chair: Grattan MacGiffin

Grattan is a Director of Tessera Limited, a sustainability consultancy that provides effective, requisite and affordable solutions through a modular offering. Tessera is a certified Pending B Corp.

With 11 years in climate finance and sustainability, Grattan’s experience includes origination and trading; project investment and deal structuring; project marketing and business development. He has worked with a range of clients from SMEs to blue chips and in a variety of industries including aviation, banking, food and sports.

Grattan is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

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