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    Introduce yourself to the group, just click "reply" (if you are a group member)

    870709 C4D Extraordinaire

      Since the Green Finance Community of Practice (CoP) cuts across many disciplines around the globe... Kindly, Introduce yourself to the group.

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        • Re: Introduce yourself to the group, just cluck "reply" (if you are a group member)
          808229 C4D Connoisseur

          Hi, I am Olha Krushelnytska, the founder of the group. My short bio:

           

          Environmental finance and natural resource management specialist with international development experience. Private sector experience in consulting with focus on developing new business lines. Level II CFA candidate. Currently working on innovative financial structures and mechanisms for green investments. Full bio at https://www.linkedin.com/in/olha-krushelnytska-4b97281/

           

           

          Looking forward to virtually meeting everybody.

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            668653 C4D Explorer

            Gaurav Joshi

            Civil and Environmental Engineer

            Part of the Delhi ENR team since 2003; including some time on Carbon Finance

            Very interested in Green finance for improved environmental performance,

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              1533420 C4D Enthusiast

              Hi excited to be a part of this group and thanks Olha for this brilliant initiative. I completely agree that we need to (a) share (b) broaden our horizons beyond just the usual climate finance projects (c) cross pollinate learning across different sectors/global practices.

               

              I am Leela and am currently supporting the Environment team in Jakarta. As an economist with over seven years of work experience in the climate change and renewable energy space across Indonesia, Cambodia and India, I am quite keen on sharing and broadening my perspectives beyond just climate finance. My current role includes working and assessing options for results based finance for sustainable land use ( particularly peatlands and lowland development) and public finance through fiscal policy for low carbon pathways. Previously I worked with climate finance think tank Climate Policy Initiative and entered into the foray of climate finance as the lead negotiator for climate finance on behalf of the youth constituency for the UNFCCC negotiations and the additional group on finance. This year I have started exploring other sectors and applications of green finance beyond climate, starting with a brief on opportunities for impact investments in sustainable fisheries for US Foundations. I am also currently a scholarship candidate for the Green Finance Specialist degree by RENAC- The Renewable Energy Academy Berlin where I am learning more about Energy efficiency finance, green banking and green infrastructure finance. Very keen on sharing and learning perspectives - especially from projects on the ground and/or in the region.

               

              Nice to e-meet you all.

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                kmzz C4D Expert

                Hi all, I'm grateful for the initiative of this CoP.

                My background is economic development/SDGs with a specialisation on supply chain management and green/cricular business models, which has lead me to investigate novel and green finance modalities... Currently I am involved in a research group on corporate green bonds.

                Looking forward to co-create a useful space to strengthen and exchange on knowledge and implementation experience of green finance bringing in all our different perspectives and disciplines.

                You can find me on LinkedIn as well. Till soon !

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                  wbg-jrg C4D Master

                  Hello everyone:

                   

                  My name is Jorge Llanos and I will be part of your journey on the subject of your group.

                  I am an architect with a Master in Urban Design and very interested in aspects related to green resilience, finance, and procurement under a severe system of climate change and a willing effort to sustainability transition.

                   

                  Currently, we are developing sustainable means for conserving agricultural areas within zoning and land use regulations which are constantly beaten by hazardous climate change. Some areas are not recoverable due to topographical disarrangement and relocation becomes an inherent option so we have to rely upon pre-evaluation of areas before decisions are determined. In the past, these aspects were solved by good engineering that still provides an affordable example of know how to a limit.

                   

                  I am hoping to be able to share your insights on matters that are related to green financing and how they may relate to common issues of applying green financial applications & development.

                   

                  Best wishes,

                   

                  Jorge

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                      870709 C4D Extraordinaire

                      Welcome Jorge Llanos Pedraja to the Green Finance Community of Practice and thank you for introducing yourself. Which country/region are you working in and what is your role?

                       

                      Re: "Currently, we are developing sustainable means for conserving agricultural areas within zoning and land use regulations which are constantly beaten by hazardous climate change." This is a very interesting challenge (set of challenges) that other Green Finance members may relate to personally or professionally.

                       

                      Perhaps this could be a moderated "eDiscussion" with other members of the group - you can share additional background, what you are working on, and key challenges you are facing.  Other members can ask clarifying question and perhaps recommend solutions, what they are working on, and interesting transferrable approaches.  I would like to virtually introduce you to four other core group members for this community - Olha Krushelnytska, karin merle, Carolin Planitzer and William Tarpai.

                       

                      Reminder: to all members (and potential members). Every member (of Collaboration for Development) and the Green Finances Community of Practice is invited and encouraged to "Actively" participate - Introduce yourself, Ask a Question, Reply or Comment on a question.  If you are following the "content" or our Green Finances Community, and you want to actively participate (add content, reply, comment, share...) then become a member.

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                          wbg-jrg C4D Master

                          Thank you.

                          I agree since my field is not directly related to your member´s experiences. I do have a little knowledge of economics since I bare 50& of an unfinished MBA so I will understand some aspects of financing and their methodologies.

                           

                          My first question is, considering that changes in climate may harden or may occur and that improvisation is the only means to deal how does green finance approach these circumstances?

                          In the recovery of families disposed of dwellings, loss of members, etc.

                           

                          In 2014 I suggested that we should reserve agricultural areas from development due to climate change and a law was passed by the government willingly protecting all agricultural areas from being absorbed by urbanization. Right now we have begun green agriculture from traditional farming methods which do not provide crop conservation from pesticides and vulnerability to chemical ingredients. Therefore, for the first time, I was able to buy a product that is produced free of an artificial or industrialized system. And it tastes better than the industrialized foods.

                          While I was in New York, there are stores that are natural produce.

                           

                          My second question is does green finance favor or support these methods?

                          The reason is that we have to develop a system of farming that can be "out of reach of climate changes" and effects, and I mean not only us.

                           

                          I am hoping to be helpful too.

                           

                          Jorge


                           

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                        abanerj1@mtu.edu C4D Explorer

                        Hi,

                         

                        I am Aparajita Banerjee. I am very excited to be a part of this group. I am a native of India now residing in the United States with a doctoral degree in Environmental and Energy Policy. Please find my details in https://www.linkedin.com/in/aparajita-banerjee-6aba9011b/

                        I look forward to connecting with you all and best wishes for the wonderful work that you do all over the world.

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                            akpanbeulah C4D Explorer

                            I am Beulah Akpan, a Nigerian with Diploma in Bible, Theology / Computer Science and Engineering. I am a Business Adviser / Trainer. I am into a Social Ministry (Business and Bible). If you invite me to your group, I can be of help

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                              kmzz C4D Expert

                              Dear Aparajita Banerjee and Beulah Akpan - welcome in our community of interest on green finance.

                              We are looking forward to being connected with you. Please share your green finance stories.

                               

                              It's easy.

                              Just go to the upper right "Create" and scroll to "Create discussion" - you can even mark it as a question (if it is a question you post). Please make sure any post is relevant to the group of green finance professionals. Looking forward to read/hear from you.


                              Warm regards,

                              Karin

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                                johnoljaceadventurer C4D Explorer

                                 

                                I am the CEO of Eco-health Adventure Park. (EHAP) EHAP's goal is to create

                                demonstrable social impact, while generating sustainable long-term

                                financial returns.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                EHAP's TV celebrity Guides and ecology experts will attract millions of

                                guests to our park.

                                 

                                Our Ecology, Survival  and Health  seminars will inspire guests

                                to participate in eco-projects, Survivor training and challenges and

                                Obstacle Course Races and given the  the advertised impact of adrenaline +

                                relaxation:

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                *The combination of high adrenaline and relaxing wellness experiences has a

                                “profoundly relaxing mind-body effect" (120 Global Wellness Institute,

                                2015).*

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Our Holistic Health spa treatments will rejuvenate guest.  Upon such

                                experiences, more guests will participate in the improvement of the lives

                                of EHAP's local indigenous people and share their experience back in their

                                home communities. Our am is for guests to live a more eco-friendly

                                lifestyle.

                                 

                                *The combination of high adrenaline and relaxing wellness experiences has a

                                “profoundly relaxing mind-body effect" (120 Global Wellness Institute,

                                2015).*

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                EHAP is a new kind of eco-minded vacation resort offering guests of all

                                ages and abilities a unique combination of trend setting Eco-Projects,

                                Survival Adventures and Obstacle Courses designed to challenge participants

                                physically, emotionally and mentally. Guests can also indulge in

                                stress-reducing spa treatments, healing therapies, guided meditation, yoga

                                and much more at EHAP’s Holistic Health Spa.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Eco-tourism is in high demand, with nature-based adventure and wellness

                                tourism growing at unprecedented rates. The Mayan Riviera in Mexico

                                presents an ideal location for eco-minded adventurers with nearby

                                archeological ruins in Tulum, endangered species, rich local culture and a

                                diversity of natural beauty.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                Over 10 million tourists visited Cancun and the Mayan Riviera in 2016, and

                                that number continues to grow along with significant new investment in the

                                region. Research suggests that eco and adventure tourists account for over

                                30% of visitors to the Mayan Riviera, implying more than 3,000,000 annual

                                prospects for EHAP before even taking into account the expected uptick in

                                overall tourism to the area. The Tulum market in particular is rapidly

                                outpacing Cancun and Playa de Carmen in attracting top restaurateurs,

                                hipsters and adventurers, but the area continues to suffer from a shortage

                                of activities and wallet-friendly attractions. Heightened Tulum government

                                commitment to sustainable living

                                 

                                dovetails perfectly with EHAP’s eco-centric strategy, positioning EHAP for

                                success with strong support from local government officials and the Muyil

                                Farmers Association.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                EHAP is working closely with seasoned local developers and the Muyil

                                Farmers Association to secure up to 300 hectares of jungle and lagoon

                                property adjacent to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere. In addition, EHAP is

                                evaluating potential expansion hectares of beach front property and

                                non-income producing jungle land ideal for Obstacle Course Races (“OCRs”),

                                Survivor challenges and beach activities. The Muyil Farmers Association and

                                senior Tulum government officials have expressed strong interest in

                                partnering with EHAP due to our commitment to sustainable living and

                                preservation of local ecology and customs.

                                 

                                Negotiations are progressing, and EHAP expects to reach definitive

                                agreement on highly favorable lease/purchase terms (50-75% discount to

                                market value) in January 2018.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                With low development costs, trend setting activities, high standards for

                                eco-friendliness and a growing team of celebrity guides, EHAP is poised for

                                growth and profitability. In fact, the local developer and Farmers

                                Association, also owners of EHAP common stock, are confident EHAP will

                                outperform existing area attractions, attracting five times more visitors

                                to the Tulum area. EHAP expects average visitors will spend more than $250

                                per day at EHAP starting in 2019, generating annual gross revenues of $80

                                million. Xcaret, currently the #1 adventure park in the Mayan Riviera,

                                draws in more than one million visitors annually. At half that number, EHAP

                                expects to generate $135 million in revenue in 2020. Based on our expected

                                growth trajectory, we are well positioned to reach $188 million in revenue

                                by 2022 and $215 million in 2023.

                                 

                                Thanks to the rampant popularity of survival TV shows and *Ninja

                                Warrior *competitions,

                                millions of fans want to experience the challenge and joy of being real

                                life survivors and/or navigating professionally designed obstacle courses.

                                The demand is there, but there is a shortage of real opportunities to

                                replicate the *Survivor *experience, and neither Xcaret nor any other

                                adventure resort in Mexico currently offers obstacle course racing. EHAP is

                                stepping in to fill that void. Co-founder, TV survivor/adventurer and *Ninja

                                Warrior *competitor Ozzy Lusth, ranks among the world’s best at physical

                                challenges on land and sea (as seen on Survivor, where he lasted longer

                                and won more competitions than any of the other 500+ contestants).  Cody

                                Lundin, a top survival expert, former co-host of *Dual Survival *and owner

                                of the *Aboriginal Living Skills School *has also signed on, and will

                                design and oversee EHAP’s Survival Training programs. With Ozzy Lusth, Cody

                                Lundin and a talented group of other uniquely qualified former

                                *Survivor *contestants,

                                *Ninja Warriors *and survivalists teaming up to design a unique experience,

                                we expect to attract over 500,000 tourists per year with limitless upside

                                potential. Millions more will be reached

                                 

                                through EHAP’s website, live event streaming and social media driven

                                advertising.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                EHAP will be the only adventure resort in the world to offer eco-tourists

                                the rare opportunity to participate in nature-based eco-projects, survival

                                challenges and obstacle course races with an experienced team of top

                                survival show contestants. Our business model is truly one-of-a-kind.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                In addition to adrenaline-fueled activities and Eco-projects, EHAP staff

                                and guests will participate in improving the lives of the local indigenous

                                people. The goal is to create demonstrable social impact, while generating

                                long-term financial returns. EHAP will work with government officials and

                                social groups (Muyil Farmers Association, TIES, World Heritage Foundation)

                                to channel donations for improving local communities. By 2021, EHAP expects

                                to direct over $1,000,000 toward converting the Tulum city waste site to

                                recycling, upgrading schools, clean water initiatives, and medical facility

                                improvements. In addition, over $500,000 per year will be donated to those

                                US-based charities selected by EHAP’s Survivor guides.

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                EHAP wants nothing more than to give back to this beautiful planet and

                                share the beauty of the Mayan Riviera in Mexico. Ecotourism is defined as

                                “responsible travel to natural areas that conserve the environment, sustain

                                the well-being of the local people, and involve interpretation and

                                education.” (TIES, 2015).

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                EHAP is developing a comprehensive informational program that will educate

                                travelers on the protection of endangered species, mangrove conservation,

                                reef preservation, and the five Rs of ecology; *Refuse *the use of bad

                                materials, *Reduce *waste material, *Reuse *waste material, *Reform *materials

                                into different usable shapes and *Recycle *materials as resources.

                                Additionally,

                                we will demonstrate how these five Rs of ecology tie into preserving and

                                improving the well-being of the local people. The name of the company

                                 

                                says it all: Eco-Health Adventure Park (EHAP).

                                 

                                 

                                We are now pursuing funding. Website, pitch deck and executive overview are

                                now available.

                                 

                                 

                                Thanks for creating this site and happy holidays to all!

                                 

                                John Oljace, ceo

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                *John Oljace, ceo   *

                                *812.360.9245 ** 800-809-1917*

                                 

                                                      *Eco-Health Adventure Parks, Inc.   *

                                Where Tourism is not simply a Vacation, but a Journey Inspired by Nature

                                 

                                         Where *Eco-Health lifestyles lead to healthier, happier, longer

                                Lives!*

                                 

                                                                      www.eco-healthadventurepark.com

                                <http://www.palawanderer.palawanweb.com>

                                 

                                 

                                Featuring:  Celebrity Survivor/Adventurer Ozzy Lusth, Survivor,

                                 

                                Obstacle Courses,  Eco-projects, Health Spa, World Music & Food

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM, Bruce Summers <

                              • Re: Introduce yourself to the group, just click "reply" (if you are a group member)
                                advansa C4D Enthusiast

                                DH_Photo_A.JPGHi,

                                 

                                I'm Darnley Howard, President of Advansa International and Partner at PAN Diaspora Capital Management. I spend most of my time bringing good investors and good projects/companies together, especially in Africa. More on my background can be found on LinkedIn. My interest in green finance stems from my interest in impact investing, particularly impact measurement, and my desire to see responsible and constructive investment in the developing world.

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                                    kmzz C4D Expert

                                    Dear Darnley,

                                     

                                    thank you for joining the group here on C4D as well! ( for others who might not know yet: there is a parallel group for green finance professionals on LinkedIn here )

                                    We are looking forward to see you participate in lively discussions, and sharing information/experience.

                                    Perhaps can you share a recent experience in the field of environmental sustainability and/or (green) finance, or perhaps a question in these fields which came up through your work, and how you addressed it?

                                     

                                    Darnley Howard and @anyone of the Green Finance Community of Practice : Creating a post is not difficult, just go to the upper right "Create" and scroll to "Create discussion" - you can even mark it as a question if it is a question you post. Please make sure any post is relevant to the group of green finance professionals. Looking forward to read/hear from you.


                                    Have a great day!

                                     

                                    Best regards,

                                    Karin

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                                    ddeek1964 C4D Enthusiast

                                    I am Daoud Al Deek. I joined C4D since the beginning. I am Assistant Deputy Minister for Planning and Administrative Development/Ministry of Social Development/Palestine. Holding MA degree in Democracy and Human Rights from Bir-Zeit University.  I am in charge of policy and strategic planning, budgeting, HR management and HR development, and financial affairs. CO-Chair of Palestine-EU subcommittee on social Affairs and Health under the European Neighborhood Policy.

                                    Member of the Advisory Council for Formal Statistics.

                                    Member of the National Team and the steering committee for the SDGs 2030.

                                    National Coordinator of SDG1&SDG10.

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                                      wsah79 C4D Explorer

                                      This is Wesam from Palestine, I have a BSc of Civil Engineering from the Islamic University of
                                      Gaza, MSc of Environmental Engineering from the Universiti Sains Malaysia and a PhD of Environmental Engineering at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).


                                      I have 13 years of working experience (teaching, research and development), where I was a Research Fellow and Teaching Assistant at the School of Civil Engineering, USM during my PhD.
                                       

                                      I was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Malaysia Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT) and I accomplished my fellowship at The MIT-UTM Malaysia Sustainable Cities Program and currently I am a senior lecturer at Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

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                                        fabrice_hk C4D Explorer

                                        Dear all,

                                         

                                        My name is Fabrice, I am based in Hong Kong and active in the field of Online Executive Education, with a specialization in finance.

                                         

                                        I have started on structuring an 'ESG' finance (in which the E stands for Green, and the G for Governance) education program, and I am interested to hear about needs, ideas, other initiatives, etc...

                                         

                                        As for my other programs, this one will be done in collaboration with one or two business schools of international ranking, and a bank is involved in its definition. If you think of specific needs that have to be addressed, please contact me in the group or mail me (fabrice.demichel@ffi.com.hk).

                                         

                                        Fabrice

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                                          martyncowsill C4D Enthusiast

                                          Hi (just to introduce myself):

                                          I am Martyn Cowsill, Managing Director of MicroGen Renewables. We are working with the Rural Electrification Agency of Uganda on a project to complete the development of satellite-based earth observation technology. This tool surveys river valleys from satellite to identify sites where micro hydropower mini-grids would be a) technically feasible, b) environmentally acceptable, and c) economically viable. And it does this at high speed, low cost and in very large numbers (we are already looking to finance a network of 400 micro hydropower mini-grids in Uganda.

                                          Until now, getting any interest from the investor community in micro hydropower installations was very difficult - each individual installation costs only about $100k and this is not enough to excite anyone, but it's too much for the rural communities in the developing world. Now we can bring together large numbers of identical installations under single "ownership". The concept is now growing into one that provides not just the electricity (24/7  365) but also the agricultural produce processing equipment (APPE) such as maize-milling machines, coffee-drying machines, irrigation pumps, briquette-making machines, commercial refrigeration, that will improve productivity and profitability in those rural communities, thus making it easier for them to make regular payments. Quite a neat "risk avoidance" strategy?

                                          Looking forward to any contacts

                                          best wishes

                                          Martyn