Fishing communities in the Gulf of Maine are facing economic challenges due to severely reduced quotas enacted to protect dwindling fish populations. Impact investments can help create a community partner network to assist in supporting economic opportunities for fishermen through sustainable fishing practices. Photo credit: © Bridget Besaw


Why NatureVest?

Dwindling resources + increasing demand

With the global population estimated to peak at 9 billion by 2050, there is a growing need to maximize efforts to protect natural ecosystems. At the same time, there is insufficient investment in conservation.

Reef vegetation is abundant in the shallow flats of Belize, Central America. Photo credit: Lynda Richardson/© The Nature Conservancy


The Opportunity

Closing the funding gap

NatureVest will work to close the funding gap that exists by creating new opportunities to invest private and philanthropic capital in conservation projects that deliver financial returns and clear environmental benefits.

Photo credit: © Lauren Miura Stempeck/The Nature Conservancy 2012


Latest News + Events

The launch of NatureVest

The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase & Co. announce the establishment of NatureVest, a new initiative of The Conservancy. The program will seek to transform the way we protect natural capital.

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Employing sustainable agricultural practices can boost both conservation and livestock production in Colombia, a country where cattle are present in 80 percent of agricultural areas. Photo credit: © 2011 Paul Smith

Major Land Purchase to Promote Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat and Outdoor Recreation in Two Western States

The Nature Conservancy announced a $134 million conservation project that will preserve recreational access and help conserve the ecological integrity of 165,073 acres – 257 square miles – of forests, rivers and wildlife habitat in the Cascade Mountain Range of Washington and in the Blackfoot River Valley in Montana.

 

Private capital investment can help herders in Kenya's northern rangelands to secure the tools to sustainably manage natural resources—allowing wildlife to flourish and boosting community development. Photo credit: Ron Geatz/© The Nature Conservancy

See how it works on the ground

The Livestock to Markets program seeks to provide a sustainable solution to overgrazing in the Northern Rangelands of Kenya, creating local community capacity for rangelands conservation.

Naturevest event at the Newseum in Washington DC. Photo credit: ©Erika Nortemann

Elevating the cause: leaders in conservation + finance take the stage

With NatureVest, The Conservancy takes its transactional approach to the next level. As part of that effort, NatureVest will convene leaders from various related sectors to build a robust network that will effectively scale up impact investing for conservation.

The Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are working hard to protect marine life including this Caribbean reef shark (Carcharhinus perezi). Photo credit: © Jeff Yonover

Impact Investing: History of Success

The Nature Conservancy first entered the impact investing market with Conservation Notes in 2012. The $25 million offering was the first investment-grade retail product focused on conservation.