Agenda 9th March10th March

12:00 GMT/ 7:00 ET

Chair’s opening remarks:

Thomas Cox, Senior Writer, Environmental Finance

12:10

Opening keynote address: Role of Government in mobilising Green Finance

Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Minister for Rural Affairs, Access to Nature and Biosecurity, DEFRA

12:30

Keynote address: Breakthrough developments for nature aligned investors

Simon Zadek, Chair, Finance for Biodiversity

 

NATURAL CAPITAL IN 2022

12:50

Panel: Delivering return and impact in institutional investment

  • The opportunity to dramatically scale-up institutional investment into natural climate solutions that deliver both returns and impact
  • Innovating approaches that can deliver significantly enhanced climate, social and biodiversity outcomes over business as usual in sustainably managed working forests
  • Forging partnerships with the conservation community, the development community, governments, and civil society at large

Moderator:
Madeleine Jenkins, Staff Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Ana Yang, Executive Director, Sustainability Accelerator, Chatham House
Gerrity Lansing, Managing Director, Partner, BTG Pactual and Head, BTG Pactual Timberland Investment Group (TIG)
Eoin Fahy, Head of Responsible Investing, KBI Global Investors
JP Gibbons
, Senior Director, Sustainable & Impact Investing, Cambridge Associates
Charlotte Kaiser, Managing Director, Naturvest, The Nature Conservancy

13:35

Panel: How are investors approaching natural capital?

  • How are investors looking at natural capital?
  • What are the risks to investing in natural capital?
  • What are the opportunities?
  • How do investors measure natural capital investment?

Moderator:
Thomas Cox, Senior Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Pablo Fernandez, CEO, Eco Securities
Hanna Kaskela, Director of Sustainability, Varma
Christoph Schumacher, Global head of Real Assets, Manulife Investment Management
David Vyravipillai, Investment Manager, Sustainable Ownership, Railpen

14:20

Panel: Looking ahead at COP 15 in Kunming

  • Can 2022 be the year for investing in nature?
  • What are investors hoping will be achieved at COP 15?

Moderator:
Genevieve Redgrave, Staff Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Chris Dodwell, Head of Policy & Advocacy, Impax Asset Management
Helen Crowley, former Head of Sustainable Sourcing & Nature InitiativeKering SA
Hans Mehn, Partner, Generation Investment Management

NATURE-RELATED RISK AND REPORTING

15:00

Panel: Financial institutions’ risk strategies under the microscope

  • How are institutional investors positioning natural capital in ESG assessments?
  • What approaches are banks taking to assess natural capital risk and impact on investments?
  • How is nature-related risk assessment evolving?
  • How is this valuation done in a fast, cost-effective way and who is paying for it?

Moderator:
David McNeil, Head of Climate Risk, Sustainable Fitch

Panellists:
Alessia Lenders, Associate, Development of Impact Policies, SLM Partners
Dr Theodor Cojoianu, Associate Professor, University of Edinburgh, Member of EU Platform on Sustainable Finance & UK GTAG
Fee Reinhart, Senior Specialist Sustainable Finance, WWF

15:45

Panel: Bridging data gaps

  • What are the business needs related to natural capital data?
  • How are investors sourcing data to meet their needs?
  • To what extent does existing natural capital data meet these needs?
  • Where are the gaps?
  • How can science-based targets transfer to nature?
  • How are ESG data providers meeting the challenges?

Moderator:
Peter Cripps, Editor, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Matthieu Maurin, CEO, Iceberg Data Lab
Carter Ingram, Conservation Fellow, Wildlife Conservation Society, Science Advisor, Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP)
Arne Phillip Klug, VP, Research, MSCI
Ben Jobson, Program Officer, IBAT

16:30

Chair’s closing remarks and end of day 1

12:05 GMT/ 7:05 ET

Chair’s opening remarks

Michael Hurley, Deputy Editor, Environmental Finance

12:10

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: How can central banks confront biodiversity risk?

Speakers:
Nick Robins, Co-Lead, International Network for Sustainable Financial Policy Insights, Research, and Exchange (INSPIRE)

12:40

Keynote Panel: The role of governments in mobilising collaborative efforts to remove barriers and accelerate impact

  • Financial maturity in the ecosystem services markets
  • Creating and protecting the twin mission of financial return and environmental and social benefits
  • What is the direction of regulation and policy in natural capital investment?

Moderator:
Michael Hurley, Deputy Editor, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Victoria Loughlan, Head of Strategy, Insights and Constitution, Investment Finance, Scottish Government
Andreas Arvanitakis, Climate Finance Investment Manager, DEFRA
Jo Pike, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust
Sergo de Carvalho, former National Secretary of Biodiversity for Brazil and Sherpa to the EU Platform on Sustainable Finance

INVESTMENT STRATEGY FOCUS

13:20

Panel: TNFD Progress Report

  • What have been the challenges?
  • What are the intended outcomes?
  • What is the direction of policy and regulation of natural capital investment?

Moderator:
Madeleine Jenkins, Staff Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Andrew Mitchell, Vice-Chair, TNFD's Stewardship Council
Renata Pollini, Head of Nature, Holcim

14:00

Panel: Scaling natural capital investment to build the market

  • Who is investing in natural capital?
  • Is there co-investing happening between public/private, philanthropic/private sectors?
  • Is the private sector investing philanthropic capital in pipeline development?
  • Can we use the science-based targets of climate change to boost natural capital investment?
  • The importance of good governance in natural capital positive impact fund management structures

Moderator:
Thomas Cox, Senior Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Craig Davies, Associate Director, Green Economy & Climate Action, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)
Bettina von Hagen, CEO, EFM
Gavin Templeton
, Partner, Pollination
Vicki Benjamin
, CEO, Karner Blue Capital

14:45

Presentation: The Species Threat Abatement and Restoration (STAR) Metric, and the importance of spatially explicit biodiversity decision tools

Dr Frank Hawkins, Director, Biodiversity, IUCN

15:05

Panel: Sustainable Strategies in land use

  • How can land-use evolve and what are the opportunities?
  • Challenges and risks that need to be addressed for investment
  • How is biodiversity assessed and benefits demonstrated?
  • Nature-based solutions: incorporating the community
  • Case-studies

Moderator:
Genevieve Redgrave, Staff Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Peter Elwin, Director of Fixed Income & Head of Food & Land Use Programme, Planet Tracker
Danielle Carreira, Head of Finance Sector Engagement, Tropical Forest Alliance, World Economic Forum
Olga Hancock, Deputy Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners for England

15:50

Panel: Oceans: How can we achieve a boost in the blue economy?

  • Why is the blue economy so important?
  • What are the barriers?

Moderator:
Madeleine Jenkins, Staff Writer, Environmental Finance

Panellists:
Dennis Fritsch, Senior Project Co-ordinator, Sustainable Blue Economy, UNEP Finance Initiative Economy Division UNEP
Kai Wiegler, Sector Economist Marine Biodiversity and Sustainable Fisheries, KfW Development Bank
Slav Gatchev
, Managing Director. Sustainable Debt, The Nature Conservancy

 

16:35

Chair’s closing remarks and end of conference