Providing a Platform for Conservation Investment
NatureVest creates and transacts investable deals that deliver conservation results and financial returns for investors in a wide variety of geographies and sectors around the world. We source and execute conservation projects, or deals, that engage the participation of a range of investors and generate a consistent source of capital to ensure the completion of these projects.
Unleashing a Billion Dollars for Conservation
NatureVest is committed to maximizing the impact of the Conservancy’s global platform, regional relationships and deep expertise in science, policy and finance to create investment opportunities that enable us to meet our global conservation challenges. Our goal is to put to work at least $1 billion of impact investment capital by 2020.
Today, NatureVest aligns its work against business lines that:
- Represent conservation investment opportunities that address our most urgent conservation needs
- Capitalize most effectively on the Conservancy’s on-the-ground expertise and relationships
- Offer a robust pipeline of investable opportunities
- Appeal most directly to the current impact investor market
These five business lines are:
- Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management in Cities
- Water Markets for Conservation
- Debt Restructuring for Climate Adaptation and Marine Conservation
- Sustainable Agriculture for Habitat Conservation
- Working Landscapes
What Makes a NatureVest Deal?
The NatureVest team manages a pipeline of opportunities across regions and strategies. The deals in the NatureVest pipeline need to meet five criteria in order to be allocated NatureVest staff resources. The criteria are the following:
- Support for The Nature Conservancy’s mission. Does the deal help achieve a critical conservation priority of a region and a global priority?
- The ability to generate dependable cashflows that create a critical role for impact capital. Does the conservation activity generate economic value? Does the transaction’s success rely on the participation of impact capital? Does the participation of such capital allow for more efficient deployment of other capital resources (e.g., philanthropy or government funding)?
- Size of the conservation impact and investment opportunity. If successful, will we move hundreds of millions of dollars toward conservation outcomes through this deal and related efforts?
- Replicability of the individual deals. Can we replicate the transaction using similar legal structures, capital structure and collaborators to quickly get similar deals done in different places?
- Readiness to deploy capital. Can we get the deal done in the near-term without major policy, political or investment barriers? What needs to be accomplished to close the deal (e.g., fundraising, stakeholder approvals, structuring)?
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