2021 jUNE 14 – 25

The Amazon Bioeconomy Investment Innovation Forum

The Investment Innovations in the Amazon Bioeconomy Forum – F2iBAM is a joint initiative of the network called “Uma Concertação pela Amazônia” (an orchestrated action for the Amazon), composed of different public and private players, and the Interstate Consortium of the Legal Amazon, which brings together the nine Brazilian Amazon states around a common agenda aimed at the sustainable development of the region. The organization of the Forum’s 2021 edition is being conducted by the Amazonas State Government and will take place between June 14 and 25, 2021, in a virtual environment.

From this edition on, F2iBAM becomes a permanent annual event, becoming part of the Legal Amazon Green Recovery Plan’s programming, presented during the Forum. F2iBAM seeks, through a transversal approach to the main subject, to discuss investment innovations in bioeconomy aiming at building a converging space, on the one hand, for information on enterprises, projects, programs; and, on the other hand, for investment sources.

Participants

Anna Mohr
BaumInvest / Fundo de Pensão Alemão …
Bernardo Silva
Economist and international relations professional with …
Jose Padilla (Pepe)
Nationality: Bolivian. Age: 49 Profession: Commercial Engineer. Work experience: Three …
Lucia Ruiz
Lawyer graduated from the Pontificia Universidad …
Rafael Anta
Principal Specialist in Science, Technology, and …
Tatiana Schor
Executive Secretariat for Science, Technology, and …
Yaniv Amaral
Current Operational Director of Magama Industrial, …

Program*

THE ENTIRE EVENT: BRASILIA TIME ZONE (GMT – 3)

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MONDAY
6/14

Speakers:
Tatiana Schor – SECTI/SEDECTI – Amazonas
Elizabeth Farina – WRI-Brasil / Uma Concertação Pela Amazônia
Katyna Argueta – PNUD Brasil
Jório Veiga – Secretário de Estado SEDECTI – Amazonas

Panel objective:

Present the studies carried out by several Brazilian organizations that aim to bring elements for innovation in investments in the Amazon bioeconomy.

Guiding questions:

How does the study conducted by your organization bring innovative elements to bioeconomy investment?

Panelists:
Daniel Contrucci – Climate Ventures
Susan Edda Seehusen – PNUD
Marcos Da Ré -Fundação CERTI
Cassia Moraes – Youth Climate Leaders

Commentator/moderator:
Ana Carolina Szklo – Instituto Humanize

TUESDAY
6/15

Panel objective:

To promote an overview of the current state and trends of financing and private investment in the Pan-Amazon bioeconomy: international cooperation, philanthropic mechanisms, public, and private funding, impact investing, private investment.

Guiding questions:

  1. What are the existing financing mechanisms, and what are the gaps in funding mechanisms?
  2. What are the constraints on financing the bioeconomy?
  3. What are the difficulties for claimants in gaining access to financing?
  4. What approaches and policies have proven effective in this context?

Panelists:
Miguel Tang – AMPA – Peru
Lucía Ruiz – SUNASS / Ex-Ministra do Ambiente – Peru

Commentator:
Rafael Anta – BID
Adriana Moreira – GEF

Moderator:
Tatiana Schor – SECTI/SEDECTI – Amazonas

Panel Objective:

It is pretty clear that in order to advance sustainable development in today’s world, society needs to be rich in knowledge. This objective, in turn, requires massive investments in human capital and professionals’ training for different areas of expertise. This leads us to imply that the implications for a successful development policy require combining education and research into innovative formulas that allow economic gains through a new vision that also guarantees a long-term future of our rich socio-biodiversity. This panel will address this issue with three experienced Amazonian professionals, who will share simply and straightforwardly the relationship between success in the Amazon bioeconomy and human capital. We will also have as commentators one of the panelists and an academic from one of the newest and most innovative university programs in the region.

Guiding questions:

a. Academia – What already exists at a national and international level to educate the human resources oriented to the subject. How can we coordinate, catalyze, and accelerate this sector? How do you draw international attention to talk with domestic stakeholders about making the change?

b. Productive sector – This sector’s desires so that the academic world can plan for it. Business management; technical capacity. What segment needs HR, and what are the required skills? (knowledge of seasonality; geographical; restrictions dimensions)

c. Local communities – What are our dreams for the future, and what do we want to insert our youngsters into these dreams? What courses are required? What does the community want? How to modernize the rural and keep young people in the community? How does the community perceive the issue of bioeconomy?

Panelists:
Luís Fernando Fonseca – Kaeté Investimentos
Ana Paula Ferreira – COEX
Claudio Pádua – IPÊ

Commentator:
Maria Olivia Simão – Rainforest Social Business School / UEA
Foster Brown – UFAC

Moderator:
Jonas da Rosa Gonçalves – SECTI/SEDECTI – Amazonas

WEDNESDAY
6/16

Panel objective:
To provide an overview of the current state and trends in tropical forest financing and investment globally.

Guiding questions:

  1. What are the existing financing mechanisms, and what are the gaps in funding mechanisms?
  2. What are the constraints on financing the bioeconomy?
  3. What are the difficulties for claimants in gaining access to financing?
  4. What approaches and policies have proven effective in this context?

Panelists:
Salo Coslovski – Universidade de Nova York
Teodyl Nkuintchua – WRI Africa
Christopher Brett – Banco Mundial

Moderator:
Tatiana Schor – SECTI/SEDECTI – Amazonas

Panel objective:

To present and discuss lessons learned, findings, and insights from successful Pan-Amazonian impact finance experiences in the Brazil nut chain. Through the interaction and discussion among the experts in financing, credit, investments, and public policies, the intention is to present the state of the art and consider future possibilities concerning sustainability and financial development for the chain.

Guiding questions:

  1. “The State-of-the-Art” = What are the strategies for access to investments in the various links through which the Brazil nut goes [for extractivists, processing industry (Plants and Cooperatives), distributors/ brokers, processing industry (food and cosmetics)]?
  2. “Benchmarking” = Which strategies, according to the participants, worked best and can be used as a reference for financing the chain regarding public and private funding?
  3. “Scenario and Visioning” = Where does the future path of financing the Amazon nut point to, considering the various stakeholders that act along the chain and need investments in its several branches and market segments?

Panelists:
Victoria Mutran – Mutran Exportadora
José Padilla – Corporacion Agroindustrial Amazonas S.A
Carina Pimenta – Conexsus

Commentators:
André Machado – Observatório da Castanha-da-Amazônia
Plácido Costa – Pacto das Águas

Moderator:
Lilia Assunção – SECTI/SEDECTI – Amazonas

THURSDAY
6/17

Panel objective:

This panel will discuss conditions for investors interested in developing a new economy with increased income for the local population and reduced environmental degradation, based on business models that are not yet consolidated or need to emerge, to feel safe and motivated to invest. Considering that it is essential to strengthening the ecosystem involving entrepreneurs in different links of the value chain, donors, and impact investors, this panel will address the various constraints to be addressed in the development of innovation ecosystems and challenges in the measurement of socio-environmental impact.

Guiding questions:

  1. How do we build bridges between the forest world, community business, innovation centers, and start-ups?
  2. What are the gaps and constraints present in innovation ecosystems?
  3. How to prepare a structure and consolidate the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem – including the community – to receive investments at scale?

Panelists:
Amiraldo Picanço – Projeto Bailique
Leonardo Letelier – Sitawi
Jonah Wittkamper – Amazon Investors’ Coalition
Raimunda Rodrigues – Mini Usina Extrativista do Rio Novo, Resex Rio Iriri / PA
Fabiana Costa Tolentino – Bradesco

Commentator/moderator:
Andrea Azevedo – Fundo JBS

Panel objective:
Understanding how adjustments to regulatory benchmarks bring elements that enable structuring the bioeconomy and circular bioeconomy markets.

Guiding questions:

  1. What legal milestones can strengthen bioeconomy production chains regarding both R&D and production (certification; market access; health issues)?
  2. Sectoral Funds for the Bioeconomy – How do we guarantee to finance for the bioeconomy?
  3. What are the connections, and how to organize the regulatory benchmarks?

Panelists:
Arnaldo Jardim – Dep. Federal – SP
Marcelo Morales – Secretário de Pesquisa e Formação Científica (SEPEF/MCTI)
Gislene Zilse – INPA

Commentators:
Daniela Lerda – CLUA
Daniel Pinheiro Viegas – Procuradoria Geral – AM

Moderator:
Teresa Rossi – Instituto Escolhas

FRIDAY
6/18

Panel objective:

Considering the guiding principle “Expansion of biodiverse and sustainable forested areas,” this panel aims to bring experiences of long-term investments in the expansion of native forest areas.

Guiding questions:

  • What are the successful cases of public policies that have strengthened the expansion of native forests?
  • What is there regarding innovation in investing in forested areas aiming at sustainable use of timber and payment for environmental services?

Panelists:
Anna Mohr – BaumInvest
Bruno Mariani – Symbiosis Investimento
Erika de Paula Pedro Pinto – Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia

Commentator:
Patricia Daros – Fundo Vale

Commentator/moderator:
Marcello Brito – ABAG

MONDAY
6/21

Panel objective:

This panel intends to discuss how the Amazon region inserts itself in the debate of alternative proteins from its bioeconomy productive chains, bringing local territorial development and a valuable contribution to sustainable extractivist policies, which preserve the living forest. To this end, we plan to bring in different voices that represent the different sides to this debate. For this reason, we plan to invite multilateral agencies, representatives from the private sector and academia, as well as thinkers on the current scenario of sustainability from the point of view and logic of native peoples.

Panelists:
Ariane Kluczkovski – UFAM
Josiane Tikuna – Projeto AgroVida Naãne Arü Mãü-Terra e Vida

Commentators:
Joanita Karoleski – Fundo JBS
Rodrigo Carvalho – A Tal da Castanha

Moderator:
Gustavo Guadagnini – GFI Brasil

TUESDAY
6/22

Panel objective:

Starting from the guiding principle nº 3 “Decreasing social and territorial inequalities,” taking into consideration the safeguards and benefit-sharing, the panel intends to discuss investments in phytotherapics and medicinal plants that make it possible for them to enter the international markets of socio-biodiversity products, considering the future trend of biosynthetics.

Guiding questions:

  1. How do the institutions you represent deal with different challenges in this market?
  2. What forms of investment in this sector have contributed to its development?
  3. Why and how to invest in Amazon herbal medicines? How can this help regional development and forest conservation?
  4. What are the leading market issues, and how to create synergies? What is the importance of Amazonian products in a global vision?

Panelists:
Francine Leal Franco – GSS Bioconsultoria
João Paulo Tukano​ – Núcleo de Estudos da Amazônia Indígena / UFAM
Cristina Ropke – Centroflora

Commentators:
Sandra Zanotto – Amazon Doors
Spartaco Astolfi Filho – UFAM

Moderator:
Mariana Cohen – SECTI/SEDECTI – Amazonas

Panel objective:

Share the different benefits of the value chain of the managed pirarucu, understand the challenges of the activity, and thinking strategies for its strengthening.

Guiding questions:

  1. How can the whole set of benefits associated with the pirarucu management techniques be valued by the markets to increase the manager’s profitability effectively?
  2. What types of funding/support/sponsorship sources could be effectively accessed by management initiatives as structuring support for the strengthening of the chain (infrastructure and working capital, for example)?
  3. How can state geopolitics contribute to the operation and strengthening of this activity?

Panelists:
Ana Claúdia Torres – IDS Mamirauá
Marco Aurélio Pavarino – MAPA

Commentators:
Adevaldo Dias – Memorial Chico Mendes
Fernanda Alvarenga – Consultora – US Forest Service

Moderator:
Ronnayana Rayla Silva – SECTI/SEDECTI – Amazonas

WEDNESDAY
6/23

Panel objective:

The panel aims to discuss the role of an industrial policy to leverage the bioeconomy in the Amazon, taking the case of the Manaus Free Trade Zone (MFTZ) as a starting point. There is an ongoing transformation of industrial structures. How does the current profile of MFTZ companies stand concerning this issue? This panel should address how to attract more companies to the region, add value to the region, and what kind of local infrastructure would need to be prioritized, as it should not put the region’s own socio-biodiversity at risk.

Guiding questions:

  • Is bioeconomy without industry romanticism?
  • Which industries would have the most significant advantages to leverage the bioeconomy in terms of scale and competitiveness in the region?
  • Is the MFTZ logic a benchmark to be followed or not?

Panelists:
Yaniv Amaral – Magama
Bernardo Silva – ThinkBrasil
Renée Veiga – FIEAM

Commentator:
Karla Giovanna Braga – Youth Climate Leaders
Vânia Thaumaturgo – APDM

Commentator/moderator:
Carlos Koury – IDESAM

Panel objective:

The issue of green finance is not new in the financial market. It has been gaining more and more space within the debate on implementing ESG (environmental, social, and governance) criteria to guide investments and allocate capital. However, there is still a long way to go before these criteria are qualified by defining objective, standardized, transparent, and monitorable indicators, allowing financing to reflect in practice the financial sector’s commitments to environmental preservation and the fight against climate change.  Regarding Bioeconomy, defining these criteria is made even more difficult by the uncertainties surrounding this new sector. How the Amazon bioeconomy will be classified within the green economy and how its environmental and social advantages will be accounted for are crucial to enabling scaled-up investments for the sector. This panel aims to discuss where we are on these two fronts in Brazil: taxonomy and assessment of positive social and environmental externalities. What we already have, and how long is the road ahead of us.

Guiding questions:

1. What financial institutions currently use socio-environmental criteria in defining bioeconomy investments, and how are they inserted in the project’s analysis and planning stages?

2. Brazil is slowly developing its taxonomy for a green economy. How is the bioeconomy being introduced? How was it treated in the taxonomy of the European Union?

3. What do we have and what is missing to drive the construction of a projects’ pipeline with positive socio-environmental externalities?

Panelists:
Esmar Prado – BASA
Carolina Learth – Santander
Nabil Kadri – BNDS

Commentator/moderator:
Annelise V. Felsberg – FGVces

THURSDAY
6/24

Panel objective:

Many initiatives are emerging to bring together organizations and efforts around the bioeconomy in the form of networks, partnerships, hubs, observatories, and others. This panel aims to give visibility to such initiatives by presenting a photograph and bringing provocations about how they are organizing themselves to foster collaboration between them, questioning the existence of overlaps and gaps, seeking to understand them as instruments at the service of an ecosystem in full development. The panel also intends to trigger reflection on the value of these initiatives to increase the flow of investments in the Amazon bioeconomy.

Guiding questions:

  1. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the initiatives already underway?
  2. What are the gaps?
  3. How can collaboration between initiatives be enhanced?
  4. How to integrate and transform the databases into a subsidy for collective action for the benefit of the bioeconomy?

Panelists:
Augusto Corrêa – Programa Parceiros pela Amazônia
Maíra Vasconcellos – Conexsus
Marysol Goes – Hub de Economia Verde / Bioeconomia da Amazônia
Vanderleia Radaelli – BID

Commentator/moderator:
Jose Vitor Bomtempo – UFRJ

FRIDAY
6/25

Panel objective:

Present the Green Recovery Plan (GRP), prepared by the Interstate Consortium of the Legal Amazon, based on the collegiate decision of the nine governors of the subnational states, members of the Governors’ Consortium; and discuss the role of international cooperation in investing in implementing the initiatives and programs agreed upon by the states inserted in the GRP.

Guiding questions:

  1. How significant is the investment in bioeconomy to the GRP?
  2. How will the consortium bring innovative elements to the GRP implementation?
  3. How can international cooperation act as an investor in pre-competitive arrangements that enable the full implementation of the GRP?

Panelists:
Laura Carvalho – FEA/USP
Flávio Dino – Governador do Maranhão (Consórcio)
Jens Brüggemann – Agência Alemã de Cooperação Internacional (GIZ)
Sophie Naudeau – Banco Mundial

Moderator:
Izabella Teixeira – Uma Concertação pela Amazônia

* É possível que mais painéis ou programações complementares sejam confirmadas até a data do evento.

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