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Since 2008, the follow Expert Meetings have been held on the Green Development Initiative. These meetings along with the many other events in which the GDI has been presented and discussed have shaped the area-based conservation financing measure which is now known as the VCA platform.


Scaling up the GDI
September 2013 – Gland, Switzerland

The 5th GDI Expert Meeting brought together members of the GDI Advisory Group, the GDI Steering Committee, and other interested experts to review progress to date in establishing a voluntary marketplace for increasing support to biodiversity conservation on the ground. It explored opportunities for scaling up the GDI – both the ‘supply’ of listed GDI Areas and the ‘demand’/support for these areas.


Exploring the business case for the GDI
March 2012 – São Paulo, Brazil

The 4th Expert Meeting of the Green Development Initiative on the business case for registered BioAreas was co-hosted by the Life Institute. The aim of this expert meeting was to facilitate further consideration of a promising modality for resource mobilisation – the voluntary engagement of the private sector in the supply and the demand for so-called BioAreas. More specifically, the expert meeting explored the business case for this approach, how it relates to other private sector biodiversity approaches, its contribution to the CBD and RIO+20 processes, and the steps needed to scale up. The meeting did not draft formal recommendations, but rather sought to enhance understanding among participants with a view to facilitate further development of this approach.


Financing the implementation of the CBD on the ground
October 2011 – Nairobi, Kenya

The meeting explored how a green development certification system could facilitate an increased flow of funds for biodiversity, particularly from the private sector. It also explored the key aspects of GDI certification in terms of the CBD objectives and the MDGs.  The meeting reviewed potential pilot projects in Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and South Africa. It recommended that funding from developed country Parties of the CBD be made available for a pilot phase of the GDI to test the validity and marketability of green development land management certification.


Establishing a financing mechanism for conservation and development
February 2010 – Bali, Indonesia

The objective of the 2nd expert workshop on what was then called the GDM was to  learn from the experiences of developing countries, to understand  their needs, to make appropriate suggestions regarding the  modalities of a GDM in a developing country context, and to  recommend elements for a GDM decision by the 10th Conference of the  Parties of the CBD which was to take place in October 2010 in Nagoya, Japan.


Options for an international biodiversity financing mechanism
February 2009 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The Government of the Netherlands Hosted by the Government of the Netherlands, this international experts meeting on scaling up biodiversity finance explored options for creating markets for international conservation obligations. The general points of agreement among the meeting participants included the “clear need for an international mechanism that will help to generate trans-boundary payments to compensate hosts of biodiversity for their opportunity costs of conservation,” and that “there is a clear mandate for a role for the CBD in the development and future implementation of a GDM.”


Towards a global incentive instrument for biodiversity preservation
May 2008 – Bonn, Germany

At the 9th Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment (VROM) hosted a side event to explore what was to become known as the Green Development Mechanism and later on the Green Development Initiative. The initial discussions focused on establishing a global system for biodiversity compensation somewhat akin the to the carbon offsets market established under the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism.