Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through Nationally Determined Contributions and National Adaptation Plans (SCALA) 


Overcoming information barriers for private sector engagement to accelerate climate action


Date: Thursday, 21 September

Time: 16:00 – 17:00 pm CEST

Venue: Virtual (Zoom)

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The private sector has a key role to play in driving investment for transformative climate action, including in the agriculture and land use sectors. However, it is insufficiently engaged in both adaptation and mitigation efforts due to barriers such as i) a lack of climate risk and vulnerability information, ii) inadequate institutional arrangements for multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder planning, and iii)  limited financial incentives. The Scaling up Climate Ambition on Land Use and Agriculture through NDCs and NAPs (SCALA) programme addresses many of the obstacles restricting private sector engagement in agriculture and land use by fostering partnerships in its partner countries between public and private sector actors and identifying concrete private sector interventions to implement NDC/NAP priorities.


This webinar aims to provide an overview of the private sector engagement work being implemented under SCALA, including the rationale for the private sector approach being followed. This will include highlighting the various guidance materials developed through the programme that can support governments and project developers systematically engage with the private sector. The webinar will specifically focus on a critical barrier that restricts private sector engagement - information and evidence gaps – and how SCALA seeks to overcome this barrier through targeted assessments and studies. In particular, participants will learn about how relevant studies in Costa Rica and Sao Tome and Principe are being implemented to build up the necessary evidence base that can catalyze more private sector involvement in climate action.

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Time  Description  Speakers 
5 mins   Opening 
Welcome and overview of the agenda and objectives of the webinar  
Julie Teng (UNDP) 
15 mins   Presentation on SCALA PSE Approach 
·                   Overview of SCALA programme, including PSE Facility (including mention of guidance series) 
·                   General PSE Barriers 
·                   SCALA PSE approach to address barriers (discuss guidance series) 
·                   Highlight information gaps/barriers restricting PSE 
·                   How SCALA addresses information gaps through different assessments and studies, with country examples 
Shovon Kibria (UNDP) 
and/or Neha Rai (FAO) 
25 mins  Moderated discussion 
How market assessments contribute to solve country issues, fill in strategic information gaps and catalyze private sector engagement and investment.
·        Costa Rica: Identifying the potential of differentiated and certified beef and dairy products for the domestic market.  
·        Sao Tome and Principe: Assessing the commercial viability of bio inputs and organic vegetables for the domestic market.
Damiano Borgogno (UNDP Sao Tome and Principe) 
Arturo Ureña (FAO Costa Rica) 
Moderated by: Farrah Adam (UNDP) 
10 mins  Q&A  TBD 
5 mins   Conclusion  
Wrap up and closing remarks  
Sibyl Nelson (FAO)