Welcome and introduction to the day
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: : The interdependence between finance and nature
Simon Zadek, Chair, Finance for Biodiversity
UNDERSTANDING NATURAL CAPITAL INVESTMENT
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
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
INVESTMENT STRATEGIES AND IMPACT MEASUREMENTS
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)
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?
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)
FIRESIDE CHAT: Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, Aviva Investors
POLICY MAKING AND THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENTS
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
AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosures
Nicky Chambers, Programme and Impact Director, Global Canopy
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)
LIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS:
Participate in discussion groups via group video call with up to 20 individuals. Share experiences, learn and connect with each other.