Agenda

10:00

Welcome and introduction to the day

10:05

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: : The interdependence between finance and nature

Simon Zadek, Chair, Finance for Biodiversity

UNDERSTANDING NATURAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT

10:20

PANEL: Financial institutions’ exposure to nature-related risks

  • What do investors look for when asset screening and assessing climate risk?
  • What the challenges in risk integration with natural capital investments?
  • How are risk assessments best undertaken?
  • How are investors embedding natural capital and biodiversity into ESG assessments?
  • Connecting finance and business to deliver shared objectives and reduce risk

Panellists: Richard Burrett, Chief Sustainability Officer, Earth Capital
Dawn Slevin, Managing Director, Environmental Liability Solutions Europe, Co-Chair, EFRAG Project Task Force on reporting of non-financial risks and opportunities and linkage to the business model
Katie Leach, Senior Programme Officer, Business and Biodiversity, UNEP-WCMC

 

11:00

PANEL: Scaling natural capital investments and building a market

  • Examples of nature-based solutions and ecosystem services where investors see potential
  • Establishing value in ecosystem services
  • What can we learn from the success of other green investment opportunities when scaling natural capital investment?

Moderator: Alejandro Litovsky, Founder & CEO, Earth Security

Panellist: Matthew McLuckie, Managing Partner, Posaidon
Darius Sarshar, Investment Director, SLM Partners
Katherine Birnie,
Managing Director, Ecosystem Investment

 

11:40

Speed networking

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND IMPACT MEASUREMENTS

12:00

INVESTOR PANEL: Unpicking metrics and materiality

  • Valuing an asset and structuring returns
  • Where are the opportunities for standardisation in approaches and metrics?
  • Integrating natural capital accounting
  • How are rating agencies incorporating natural capital risks into their ESG ratings?

Pannelist: Jim Totty, Managing Director, Viridis Capital
Aaron Pinnock, Impact Investment Analyst, Investment Division, Church Commissioners for England (subject to final confirmation)

 

12:40

PRESENTATION: Data deficiencies

  • What information is needed to align portfolios with nature-based solutions or biodiversity targets?
  • Where and how are investors sourcing data in this space?
  • What investment tools support a natural capital investment strategy?

13:10

PANEL: Investing for impact

  • Understanding natural capital impacts alongside social impacts and other forms of capital
  • What impact strategies maximise environmental and biodiversity gains?
  • How should projects measure and report impact in a way that is useful for investors?
  • How can TCFD/TNFD disclosures be utilised when making decisions around impact?
  • Natural capital accounting as an impact measurement approach

Panellist: Ece Özdemiroğlu, Founding Director, eftec
Wijnand Broer, Partner, CREM/Partnership Biodiversity Accounting Financials (PBAF)

 

13:50

Speed networking

14:00

Break

14:10

FIRESIDE CHAT: Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors

POLICY MAKING AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENTS

14:20

PANEL: Blended finance

  • Government incentives to enhance returns and reduce risk
  • Case studies: did it work and what further questions were raised?
  • What can be done to get such projects to scale?
  • Are pooled funds and aggregating capital preferred to blended finance?

Pannelists: Ivo Mulder, Head, Climate Finance Unit, United Nations Environment Programme
Johnny Brom, Chief Investment Officer, Sail Ventures, Investment Advisor, &Green Fund
Bianca Nijhof, Managing Director, Netherlands Water Partnership
Fiona Stewart, Lead Financial Sector Specialist, The World Bank

15:10

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosures

Nicky Chambers, Programme and Impact Director, Global Canopy

15:30

PANEL: The global governance and legislative agenda

  • What can governments do to collectively to protect nature within financial systems?
  • Natural Capital considerations for the EU legislative agenda
  • How might asset owners and investment managers be expected to report on biodiversity impacts?
  • What can be expected to come out of the UN Biodiversity Conference (CBD COP 15) in Kunming in May 2021?
  • How are central banks approaching the theme of biodiversity loss?

Panellists: Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency
Senior representative, Defra
Joris van Toor, Policy Advisor, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB)

16:10

LIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS:

Participate in discussion groups via group video call with up to 20 individuals. Share experiences, learn and connect with each other.

16:40

Closing remarks

16:45

End of conference