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Sharm el Sheikh: Pollination at COP27

08 November 2022 / WORDS BY Pollination

Climate action is a process which will require catalytic collaboration at the highest level between governments, corporations, finance, and civil society. As COP27 gets underway in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt the team from Pollination will be on the ground alongside our project partners to accelerate the transition to a net zero, nature positive future.

The Pollination team will participate in the following events and more. For further information or to connect with the team at COP27, please contact

Terra Carta Action Forum: Roundtable on Scaling Natural Capital Investment, hosted by NCIA

8 November, 3-4pm

With the public and private sectors increasingly aligning on climate, attention is now shifting to a focus on protecting Natural Capital and biodiversity. This session explored the practical steps needed to improve industry action and financial investment into Nature while looking at models where results are being demonstrated.

As Chair of the NCIA, Pollination Co-Founder and Chair, Tony O’Sullivan moderated this invite only roundtable discussion.

The Sustainable Markets Initiative

Carbon Market Institute: Financing & Scaling High-Integrity Nature-Based Climate Solutions

8 November, 10.30-11.30am; Australia Pavilion

Climate mitigation, repair and adaptation needs nature. The world is moving quickly to account for and invest in nature-based solutions. This panel discussion will examine scaling investment in nature with high integrity and additionality to ensure they are driving real and meaningful emissions reductions as well as protecting and restoring our environment. It will showcase Australia as a leader in nature-based solutions and explore ways to mobilise financial resources, including the role of carbon markets.

Moderator: Janet Hallows, Director Climate Programs and Nature-based Solutions, Carbon Market Institute

Nadine Mueller, Executive Director Global Commodities, Commonwealth Bank of Australia
Melanie Kaebernick, Director – International Partnerships, NatureCo
Alexander Lewis, Chief Commercial Officer, Tasman Environmental Solutions
Lauren Drake, Executive Director, Pollination

Blue Marine Foundation: Clearing the Blue Carbon Highway: Governance, Benefit-Sharing and Rights

9 November, 1.30-3pm; Ocean Pavilion, Blue Zone

Moderator: Daniel Crockett – Blue Marine Foundation


Unpacking the gaps on governance and benefit sharing in Article 6, Marisa Martin, Pollination Managing Director

Blue Carbon Benefits and Fair Distribution, Prof. Carlos M. Duarte, KAUST

Toward Nature-Positive Blue Economies, Ralph Chami, International Monetary Fund

Engineering Blue Carbon Markets,  The case of Bahamas: Anthony Ferguson, CFAL

The intersection of blue carbon and social enterprise, Dr. Irina Fedorenko-Aula, University of Oxford

IETA: The Carbon Market Debate: Are carbon credits necessary to achieve net-zero?

10 November, 9.00-10.30am, IETA Pavilion

This session will feature diverse voices debating whether carbon credits and offsets are necessary to achieve net-zero emissions. A panel of leading practitioners, researchers and experts will share views and insights on this fundamental climate policy and carbon pricing dilemma. The audience will provide a final verdict.


Stefano De Clara, ICAP

Maggie Comstock, Pollination

Gilles Dufrasne, Carbon Market Watch

Carsten Warnecke, New Climate Institute

Moderator: Kate Abnett, Reuters

The Carbon Market Debate

Climate Finance Leadership Initiative Colombia – Private sector working for Colombia’s NDC, in association with Bancolombia

10 November, 4.30pm -5.15pm; Colombia Pavilion – Blue Zone

The Climate Finance Leadership Initiative (CFLI) was formed by Michael R. Bloomberg at the request of the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres. The CFLI aims to achieve that goal by bringing together leading institutions across the financial value chain, working alongside corporates, policymakers, and multilateral institutions, to identify barriers to investment and support solutions that accelerate financing for low-carbon and climate-resilient projects in emerging markets.

At the invitation of Bancolombia, Pollination Managing Director Gavin Templeton took part in a panel discussion today to talk about how the CFLI is supporting the mobilisation of private finance in response to the challenges of climate change in Colombia and other emerging markets.

Gavin discussed the 4 priority thematic areas for Colombia which are timely, high-impact, and ideal for public-private collaboration: Low-Carbon Transportation; Renewable Alternatives; Nature, Resilience, and Adaptation; and Sustainable Infrastructure. And he explained why it is critical – in the Colombian and global context – that they are underpinned by a Just Transition, ensuring financial and social inclusion.

Gavin spoke alongside Juan Carlos Mora CEO, Bancolombia; Mahmoud Mohieldin, UN Climate Change High-Level Champion for Egypt; María del Pilar Restrepo Orjuela, Climate Finance Director, DNP, and the panel was moderated by María Alejandra Gonzalez, Global Council and Full Professor of Management, EAFIT.

Climate Finance Leadership Initiative Colombia event, in association with Bancolombia

Climate Leadership Summit

10 November, 9.00am-12.30pm, Park Regency

The Climate Leadership Summit focuses on creating ambition loops through public-private partnerships and strong dialogue to accelerate global climate objectives while adopting and sharing best practices and strategies for catalytic climate action. These will be crucial to reaching the 2030 climate targets and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Martijn Wilder, CEO will participate in this invitation-only event.

Petronas: The Role of Nature in Net Zero

11 November, 11.00am -12.00pm; Malaysia Pavilion

This session will discuss the untapped opportunities for nature-based solutions (NBS) and the role of the carbon market in Malaysia and the region.

Moderator: Simon Henry, Director of Carbon Market Development & Head of IETA’s Market4NCS Initiative, IETA


Martijn Wilder, Founder and CEO of Pollination Group

Dr. Wei-nee Chen, EVP, Carbon Market, Bursa Malaysia Berhad

The Climate Registry: Nature Panel

14 November, 9.30-10.30am; TCR Pavilion

TCR will host a conversation on the future of carbon markets and nature solutions; the panel will showcase and highlight what high-integrity means in the VCM and the future of JREDD and compliance markets.

Pollination Managing Director, Rick Saines will moderate this panel discussion.


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