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22 February 2024, 11:45 - 13:00 Indochina Time / Bangkok | Open meeting

United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Meeting Room A, Bangkok, Thailand
ESCAP AFD Side Event at APFSD

Nature is being degraded at unprecedented rates, with business-as-usual continuing to drive unprecedented biodiversity loss, depleting numerous species, habitats and ecosystems globally.  The Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework signed by 196 country parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) at COP15 of the Convention of Biodiversity in 2022 was a landmark agreement in international efforts to address biodiversity loss, with signatories agreeing to take urgent action to halt and reverse biodiversity loss and to protect 30 per cent of land and sea area by 2030. Successfully implementing the targets agreed under the framework however will depend significantly on creating new pathways to align finance with nature-positive solutions and meeting financing targets, including the commitment from developed countries to deliver at least $20 billion in biodiversity finance to developing countries by 2025.

The regional event will highlight the challenge of directing the growing demand for finance toward high-integrity biodiversity investments that are well-designed and effectively implemented. A crucial aspect of the event will be a discussion of biodiversity markets and emerging financial instruments focusing on financing tangible biodiversity enhancements rather than merely compensation for negative impacts. As well as ways to facilitate investment through public-private partnerships, including best practices for developing project pipelines and case studies from the Asia-Pacific region.

22 Feb 2024
11:45
12:00
Opening Session
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  • Ms. Suba Sivakumaran, Chief, Financing for Development Section, ESCAP
  • Mr. Jean Pierre Marcelli, Southeast Asia Regional Director and Thailand Country Director, Agence Française de Développement (AFD) 
12:00
12:50
Panel Discussion
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  • Mr. Anouj Mehta, Country Director, Thailand Resident Mission (TRM), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • Mrs. Pattarin Tongsima, Environmentalist Senior Professional Level, Director of Policy and Strategy Section, Biodiversity Management Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
  • Ms. Annabelle C. Trinidad, Senior Technical Advisor, the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS)United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Ms. Romie Goedicke den Hertog, Co-head Nature Thematic, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI)

Moderated by Dr. Patrick Martin, Regional Advisor on Climate Finance, MPFD, ESCAP

12:50
13:00
Q and A and Concluding Remarks
Anouj Mehta
Mr. Anouj Mehta
Country Director, Thailand Resident Mission (TRM), Asian Development Bank (ADB)
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Anouj leads the full range of work in the planning, implementation, and supervision of Thailand Resident Mission's vision, goals, strategies, and work plan in support of overall ADB goals in the context of its engagement with an upper-middle income country.

He is the former head of the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance (ACGF) facility, a pioneering regional facility under the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund, aimed at green recovery in the region with 13 partners and $2 billion in financing support. Prior to his current role, he established and managed the Innovation Hub for Southeast Asia Regional Department of ADB, focusing on green and innovative finance. He has also previously led one of ADB’s pioneering PPP (public-private partnership) initiatives in India.

Pattarin Tongsima
Mrs. Pattarin Tongsima
Environmentalist Senior Professional Level, Director of Policy and Strategy Section, Biodiversity Management Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
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Pattarin is the Head of Strategy and Policy Group, Biodiversity Management Division, Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning, Thailand.

She is also a member of the Secretariat to Thailand’s National Biodiversity Committee, the Subcommittee on Integrated Biodiversity Management, Subcommittee on Biodiversity Data, and the Working Group on Biodiversity Data Governance.

Annabelle C. Trinidad
Ms. Annabelle C. Trinidad
Senior Technical Advisor, the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), Bureau of Policy and Programme Support (BPPS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 
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MS. ANNABELLE CRUZ-TRINIDAD (Abbie) is a Senior Technical Advisor with the UNDP - BIOFIN program providing technical support to the implementation of the BIOFIN methodology including design of finance solutions involving the public and private sector in Bhutan, Egypt, Indonesia, India, Malaysia,  the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Thailand. Prior to joining the global BIOFIN team, she was lead Consultant for BIOFIN Philippines, and supervised the execution of the BIOFIN methodology.
She has more than two decades of work experience in environment with specific expertise in fisheries and coastal resource management in the area of policy and institutional assessment and planning, resource economics, and sustainable financing and has been previously involved in the Coral Triangle Initiative. Her educational background is in Statistics and Applied Business Economics.

Romie Goedicke
Ms. Romie Goedicke den Hertog
Co-head nature thematic, United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative
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Romie Goedicke den Hertog Co-Heads the nature thematic at the UNEP Finance Initiative. She also leads the work on nature-related risk and disclosure and manages the work on mainstreaming and capacity building. In these ways she supports the work on alignment of financial flows with the goals of the GBF. Romie joined UNEP FI in 2021, prior to joining she led the work of financial sector and business engagement at IUCN Netherlands. Romie is an experienced senior program manager, with a demonstrated history in managing programs on nature and finance in Asia and Africa. She is passionate about nature and committed to the role that innovation and collaboration can play in creating shared solutions for nature and finance.

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