Study aims to uncover investor attitudes to natural capital investments

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A study of the level of investment from private financial institutions into natural capital has been launched by Environmental Finance in partnership with The Nature Conservancy.

Natural capital is defined as the world's stock of natural assets, including air, water, soil, forests and living creatures, from which humans derive a wide range of ecosystem services.

As part of the study, a survey of investors will attempt to establish the current scale of such investments, preferred investment channels, future trends and perceived obstacles to greater investment.

The survey coincides with a well-publicised report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on Climate change and land which noted the key role of land management in tackling climate change and the associated risks of water scarcity, permafrost degradation and food system instability. A follow-up IPCC report on the Oceans and cryosphere in a changing climate is due to be published next month.

Environmental Finance readers are invited to participate in the survey, which should take no more than five minutes to complete. The results will feed into a report that will be officially released at the upcoming Natural Capital Investment conference on 25 November.

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Graham Cooper