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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.

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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.

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Investing In Conservation

A Landscape Assessment of an Emerging Market

Investing in Conservation: a landscape assessment of an emerging market is a first-of-its-kind report that assesses the rapidly growing market for conservation investing.

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The Economist: Protection money - Funding worries acquaint the eco-minded with strange bedfellows

Perhaps the greatest promise lies at the intersection of conservation and finance. The Nature Conservancy has been pioneering conservation-related impact investment. Its Conservation Note (a $25,000-and-up, 1- to 5-year bond) quickly sold out. In April, the organisation joined with JPMorgan Chase to launch NatureVest, a division that will deploy $1 billion in conservation-minded capital over the coming three years. On November 6th, it released a report estimating that conservation investing is seeing 26% growth annually and will hit $5.6bn by 2018.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review: Can Impact Investing Help Save the Planet?

A new cross-sector study examines whether impact investing can make a difference to global conservation efforts.

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

First-of-its-Kind Report Finds $23 Billion Global Market for Investing in Conservation

The report details the landscape of conservation impact investing for the first time, and shows that investments in this space are expected to more than triple over the next five years (2014-2018). However, the report also found a substantial amount of potential private capital has not been deployed, demonstrating a need for a significantly increased number of risk adjusted investment opportunities. View the Report | Read the announcement

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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.