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Financing Nature

Financing Nature

By Green Finance Institute
How can we invest in nature? Financing Nature from GFI Hive aims to better understand how we can grow investment in nature and move towards a nature-positive economy. Each episode features interviews with leaders in finance, policy and the environment to discuss solutions. Hosted by the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery.
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Episode 24: Mark Reed, Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship, Scotland's Rural College

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Episode 26: Margaret Kuhlow, Global Finance Lead, WWF International
In this episode, Margaret Kuhlow, Global Finance Lead at WWF International, walks us through several of the organisation's bankable nature solutions including project finance for permanence, as well as sharing about hopes and concerns for COP27 and COP15. 
August 17, 2022
Episode 26: Emily McKenzie, Technical Director, Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures
This week Emily McKenzie joins us to share more about the inner workings of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures and the challenges of shifting financial flows to nature positive. The TNFD is delivering a risk management and disclosure framework for organisations to report and act on evolving nature-related risks which be launching in 2023. 
July 29, 2022
Episode 25: Urs Dieterich, Managing Director, Landscape Resilience Fund
The Landscape Resilience Fund was designed by South Pole and WWF to lend to and invest in SMEs in emerging markets that are tackling climate adaptation. Urs Dieterich, managing director of the Fund, shares how climate adaptation and conservation go hand in hand, the similarities between financing both, and more about the Fund and its initial investment. 
July 21, 2022
Episode 24: Mark Reed, Professor of Rural Entrepreneurship, Scotland's Rural College
What kind of standards, codes and governance structures are needed for investors to have confidence in buying carbon credits? In the UK, many carbon codes are under development to allow for the sale of credits from nature restoration. Professor Mark Reed has been a leading voice in the role of governance, as well as being the architect of the Peatland Carbon Code and involved in the development of other codes across the UK. In this episode, he shares his thinking on the next steps around governance infrastructure for the emerging UK environmental markets. 
July 06, 2022
Episode 23: Louisa Kiely, Director, Carbon Farmers of Australia
Australia has been a pioneer in the development of a market for soil carbon, among other carbon markets in the the land sector. In this episode, Louisa Kiely, Director at Carbon Farmers of Australia, talks us through how the market is evolving. 
June 29, 2022
Episode 22: Douglas Eger, Founder and CEO, Intrinsic Exchange Group
Natural Asset Companies, or NACs, are the creation of Intrinsic Exchange Group (IEG). They offer a new asset class to investors seeking nature positive opportunities - publicly listed companies dedicated to the restoration and preservation of nature, and with values based on natural assets. In this episode, Douglas Eger, founder of IEG walks us through how they work, and when we can expect the first listing. 
June 08, 2022
Episode 21: Roel Nozeman, Senior Advisor Biodiversity, ASN Bank
In 2016, ASN Bank set itself a target to become a nature net-positive bank by 2030. That commitment led the bank to measure the biodiversity impact of its loan portfolio and investments, and, more recently, for ASN Impact Investors to establish the first listed fund for nature investments for the retail sector. Roel Nozeman, who leads the bank's biodiversity work, in addition to being the programme chair of the Partnership for Biodiversity Accounting Financials, shares more about work of the bank and broader financial sector ambitions for a nature-positive future. 
May 30, 2022
Episode 20: Anne-Laurence Roucher, Deputy CEO, Mirova
How can private equity investments in early stage technology firms support large-scale land restoration projects? And, what do investors in each look for? In this episode, Anne-Laurence Roucher, Deputy CEO of Mirova, shares her firm's approach to natural capital in both land and marine restoration and through private equity investments, as well as touching on the barriers and solutions to driving greater private capital into nature. 
May 25, 2022
Episode 19: The Taskforce on Nature Markets
The Taskforce on Nature Markets launched at the end of March. In this episode, co-chairs of the Secretariat, Simon Zadek and Marcelo Furtado of Finance for Biodiversity, share about the Taskforce's ambitions, and its work to embed "nature positive and equitable impact" across global markets. 
May 17, 2022
Episode 18: Willie Watt, Chair, Scottish National Investment Bank
The Scottish National Investment Bank was set up at the end of 2020 to provide debt and equity investment to businesses in Scotland that support net zero, innovation and equality. Natural capital features high on its agenda, and chair of the Bank, Willie Watt, shares his insights on nature-related investment opportunities in Scotland and the Bank's strategy. 
May 04, 2022
Episode 17: Katie Critchlow, CEO, NatureMetrics
Environmental DNA, or eDNA, is revolutionising the way companies can measure their impact on nature. Katie Critchlow, CEO of NatureMetrics that has brought eDNA into the mainstream, shares the work her firm are doing in supporting the move to nature positive, and creating investment opportunities in nature restoration. Katie also shares her insights into the role of data and technology in supporting the broader mission of financing nature.
April 26, 2022
Episode 16: Gwyn Williams, Head of Conservation Investment, RSPB
How do eNGOs begin to adopt commercial finance in order to pay for conservation or restoration aims? Gwyn Williams, head of conservation investment, shares the experience of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) as the charity has expanded to debt and equity finance, in addition to exploring forms of private finance - such as peatland carbon credits or biodiversity net gain - in order to meet conservation demands. 
April 13, 2022
Episode 15: Richard Speak, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Finance Earth
The social impact investment market in the UK has grown to almost £10billion. What can we learn from its development and apply to the emerging nature investment space? Richard Speak, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Finance Earth and Managing Director of Finance for Sustainability, shares his experience from working in both social finance and nature finance, and highlights the key building blocks that helped the growth in social impact investment market that could be replicated to boost nature finance. 
April 06, 2022
Episode 14: Evan Bowen-Jones, CEO, Kent Wildlife Trust, Managing Director, Wilder Carbon Standards
Evan Bowen-Jones joins us for this episode of Financing Nature to talk about the Wilder Carbon Standards, and his experience of the development of nature markets as CEO of Kent Wildlife Trust. The Standards have been developed to capture benefits from beyond carbon sequestration alone, and pilots are underway to test them. 
March 31, 2022
Episode 13: Radha Kuppalli, Managing Director, Impact & Advocacy, New Forests Asset Management
Sustainable forestry is becoming an increasingly sought-after investment as people look to timber as a climate solution. Radha Kuppalli, managing director of  impact and advocacy at New Forests Asset Management in Australia, joins us this episode to talk about how the market is developing; how carbon is increasing the attractiveness of timber assets; and how her company is looking at impact - including the new TAFF2  - a fund with a dedicated impact tranche. 
March 24, 2022
Episode 12: Gabriel Eickhoff, Co-founder and CEO, Lestari Capital
In this episode, Gabe Eickhoff walks us through the different businesses of Lestari Capital from driving forest restoration through the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil and other certification schemes to closing the time and finance gap for carbon projects. Gabe also discusses stacking and bundling and the role of technology in improving efficiency of project development. 
March 18, 2022
Episode 11: Zach Knight, Co-founder and CEO, Blue Forest Conservation
In this episode, Zach Knight, co-founder and CEO of Blue Forest Conservation, shares the details of the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB) - a financial structure that delivers outcomes from fire risk mitigation to improved water quality in the Tahoe National Forest, California. 
March 09, 2022
Episode 10: Liv Garfield, Chief Executive, Severn Trent
In this episode, Liv Garfield, CEO of Severn Trent, shares how the water company is approaching biodiversity, and the role of companies more broadly in thinking about becoming nature positive through her role as chief executive of the Council for Sustainable Business. 
March 02, 2022
Episode 9: Dorothee Herr, Manager, Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility
What are the opportunities for investors in the coastal and marine space? In this episode, Dorothee Herr joins Helen Avery at GFI Hive to discuss the work of the Blue Natural Capital Financing Facility that provides funding to projects and businesses with ocean and coastal restoration at their heart, and the role of blue carbon and standards.
February 24, 2022
Episode 8: Sonya Likhtman, Manager, EOS at Federated Hermes
In this episode, Sonya Likhtman of International Federated Hermes discusses why investors are more keenly looking at companies' nature-related impacts and dependencies, and the role of stewardship and engagement. She also explains the importance of COP15, and how the finance and business community is engaging with the development of those global biodiversity targets. 
February 14, 2022
Episode 7: Jeremy Leggett, Executive Director, Bunloit Rewilding
In this episode Jeremy Leggett shares about his work in nature restoration in the north of Scotland, and how he is viewing investment in natural capital including the role of impact investors, the need for retail crowdfunding, the gap in bank debt and the importance of policies that support communities. 
February 03, 2022
Episode 6: Julian Matthews, Founder and Managing Director, Real Wild Estates Company
In this episode, life-long conservationist, Julian Matthews, shares about his new company, Real Wild Estates, that is aiming to help UK land managers restore nature. The company was recently invested in by the L'Oreal Fund for Nature Regeneration - an impact investment fund. 
January 27, 2022
Episode 5: Eric Letsinger, Founder and CEO, Quantified Ventures
Environmental impact bonds for water quality, carbon and water quality payments for farmers and forest recreational activities paid by motel lodging taxes - just some of the hugely innovative products developed by Quantified Ventures that guest Eric Letsinger shares on this episode of Financing Nature. Plus, what's next for Quantified Ventures. Join the Green Finance Institute's Helen Avery as she talks to Eric about how to finance NbS. 
January 20, 2022
Episode 4: Kevin Bender, Senior Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy
In this episode Kevin Bender of The Nature Conservancy talks through the intricacies of the recent Belize debt conversion that included a blue loan, insurance from the IDFC, the issuance of blue bonds to investors, a Conservation Fund, an endowment and, for good measure, parametric insurance. It's a complex deal, but one that is replicable for other countries with sovereign debt trading at a discount and a commitment to conservation. 
January 12, 2022
Episode 3: Alan McDonnell, Conservation Manager, Trees for Life
Trees for Life is on a mission to rewild the Highlands in partnership with community. Alan McDonnell, conservation manager at the charity discusses how private finance and investment such as the sale of carbon credits, and a £2million retail bond via Triodos is helping Trees for Life reach that goal. One to listen to for those looking at investments in ecotourism, carbon or interested in how to engage community. 
December 20, 2021
Episode 2: Martin Berg, Head of Nature Impact Strategy, Climate Asset Management
How can large institutional investors enter into natural capital? In this episode, Martin Berg, Head of Nature Impact Strategy at Climate Asset Management discusses the opportunities available and ideas for how to scale up investing in nature. Martin also shares his experience from the EIB's Natural Capital Finance Facility and the role and ambitions of the Natural Capital Investment Alliance. 
December 13, 2021
Episode 1: Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy, Oxford University
In our first episode, Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at Oxford University andformer Chair of the Natural Capital Committee reflects on its eight years of work, and revisits the plan laid out in his 2019 book, A Green and Prosperous Land - A Blueprint for Rescuing the British Countryside. Talking with GFI Hive's Helen Avery, he highlights the need for systems-based approach and the role of government in ensuring private finance finds its way into nature-based projects.
December 06, 2021
Financing Nature: Trailer
GFI Hive at the Green Finance Institute is launching a new podcast, Financing Nature, dedicated to exploring how to drive greater private investment into nature restoration and nature-based solutions. 
November 25, 2021