15 October 2020
2020 has been a landmark year for biodiversity, and natural capital more broadly.
From the first-ever United Nations Summit on Biodiversity taking place in September, to the Covid-19 pandemic highlighting our precarious relationship with nature, biodiversity and nature-based risks and opportunities are becoming an increasingly important part of the sustainability conversation.
As a result, Environmental Finance has launched a dedicated channel to Natural Capital. It creates a place to easily find content relevant to natural capital investment considerations, as they pertain to water, oceans, forestry, sustainable land use, agriculture and biodiversity.
We are pleased to announce our channel goes live today. Please click here to read our coverage. We aim to continue to be the leading source of news and analysis on this rapidly emerging area of focus.
We will soon announce a series of Natural Capital webinars and confirm the date of our next Natural Capital Investment Conference. To be the first to hear when we announce the details, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to continuing the conversation with you.
Meanwhile, here some highlights from the past month:
- This week, the co-chairs for the newly established Task Force on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) were announced, setting the stage for common approaches to measuring positive impacts on biodiversity. News of the formation of the TNFD was first broken by Environmental Finance here.
- A Finance for Biodiversity Pledge was launched in September, with 26 firms as signatories. This came just a few days after four French asset managers issued a mandate to develop a tool to help investors integrate nature and biodiversity considerations into their decision making.
- Credit Suisse announced that its impact fund engaging to create a sustainable blue economy has raised $212 million.
- An open-source data platform that shines a light on the deforestation risk facing more than 12,000 financial institutions exposed to companies trading Brazilian beef, Brazilian soy and Indonesian palm oil has been launched.
As Martijn Wilder, a founding partner of HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management, told Environmental Finance this week, the time is right to invest in Natural Capital.