Through original research and convening of the industry’s sharpest minds, NatureVest is developing the intellectual capital necessary to build understanding of the importance of a market for conservation efforts.
As the global population surges towards 9 billion people by 2050, growing demands for food, water, and energy are straining our planet’s ecosystems. At the same time, a changing climate threatens to reduce agricultural productivity, restrict access to freshwater, and devastate coastal populations, placing both people and nature at risk. Philanthropy and public funding have long been essential to protecting our natural resources, but the massive scale of today’s environmental challenges requires additional sources of financing. NatureVest, the conservation investing unit of The Nature Conservancy, engages private investment capital to fill this need and rapidly scale critical conservation work around the world.
Report – The State of Private Investment in Conservation 2016: A landscape assessment of an emerging market
This report builds upon the 2014 publication, Investing in Conservation: A landscape assessment of an emerging market, and tracks the burgeoning field of conservation investing – investments that aim to achieve environmental conservation objectives while also delivering a financial return – in sustainable food and fiber production, habitat protection, and clean water. Despite significant growth in commitments and investors’ expectations to raise increasing amounts capital for these categories going forward, the report echoes earlier findings that it is challenging to identify conservation investments with the right mix of risk and returns.
This 2014 report documented the first-ever survey of conservation impact investing and revealed a market of approximately $23 billion between 2009-2014. While the report found that investments in this space were expected to more than triple between 2014-2018, findings also indicated that a substantial amount of potential private capital had not been deployed, demonstrating a need for a significant increase in the number of risk-adjusted investment opportunities.
- The Nature Conservancy Receives the 2016 FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards’ Achievement in Transformational Finance (6.09.2016)
- The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase Announce NatureVest Program Funding Renewal at Bi-Annual Gala (5.26.2016)
- Investment Opportunity Helps Balance Water Needs in Australia (4.25.2016)
- New Investment Model for Green Infrastructure to Help Protect Chesapeake Bay (3.7.2016)
- The Nature Conservancy Praises New Department of the Interior Program to Spur Public-Private Partnerships for Conservation (12.15.2015)
- Achieving Climate Adaptation Through Innovative Debt Restructuring (12.7.2015)
- Debt Swap to Finance Marine Conservation in the Seychelles (2.26.2015)
- Nature Conservancy Completes Purchase of 117,000 Acres in Blackfoot River Valley (1.22.2015)
- Nature Conservancy Completes Purchase of 48,000 Acres in Central Cascades (12.18.2014)
- First-of-its-Kind Report Finds $23 Billion Global Market for Investing in Conservation (11.6.2014)
- Nature Conservancy Announces Major Land Purchase to Promote Water Quality, Wildlife Habitat and Outdoor Recreation in Two Western States (10.27.2014)
- The Nature Conservancy and JPMorgan Chase Collaborate to Create a Landmark Conservation Finance Initiative (4.29.2014)
- The Nature Conservancy Receives $26 Million in Funding—one of the Largest Gifts to Conservation in Africa (3.04.14)
Can Impact Investments Save the Environment?
Marc Diaz, Managing Director
“ It is about stretching each conservation dollar as far as it will go. ”
Sustainable Cattle in Kenya Pays Off
Charlotte Kaiser, Deputy Managing Director
“ This is the power of impact capital: to change the scale at which we support conservation & communities. ”
Can Impact Investing Help Save the Planet?
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Eric Hallstein, Director of Conservation Investments, California
“For all of us interested in environmental conservation, impact investing is a potential path for attracting capital at the scale of the problems we face. ”
How business can keep clean water flowing
Craig Holland, Director of Product Development
“The vision of our collaboration is to empower cities to solve challenges of water pollution, drinking-water protection, air quality and climate resilience by drawing on a toolkit of natural infrastructure solutions and financing mechanisms that can drive those solutions at the lowest possible public cost.”
External Research Reports
This report by Credit Suisse and World Wildlife Fund covers the supply side of conservation finance, namely the perspective of investors and their investment approaches. This report further analyzes the investor perspective in conservation finance and attempts to bring together the demand and supply side(s).
This Social Impact Investment Taskforce (established under the UK’s presidency of the G8)report covers how harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation and capital for public good, as well as examines what is needed to catalyze the growth of a global market for impact investment. The report makes recommendations that can be implemented across Taskforce countries and beyond to deliver better social outcomes and improve millions of lives across the world.
Private Capital, Public Good: How Smart Federal Policy Can Galvanize Impact Investing — and Why It’s Urgent
The US National Advisory Board (NAB) on Impact Investing released this report offering policy recommendations on opportunities in the short-term, as well as supporting policy ideas that would encourage the impact investing market over the long-term. The recommendations are mostly budget neutral and sometimes even result in cost-savings.
This Stanford Social Innovation report address issues around conservation finance as an undeveloped investment opportunity that offers the potential to conserve vital ecosystems while also providing a financial return.
The Conservation Finance Alliance is a collaborative network of governments, multilateral agencies, NGOs, private companies, academic institutions, and independent experts that helps to address the challenges of sustainable financing for conservation. Its members work together to promote conservation finance solutions through exchanging information and expertise and developing studies and tools.
The Conservation Finance Network at Island Press delivers conservation finance tools and training to people working to protect, restore, and steward natural areas. Our goal is to help people accelerate the pace of land and resource conservation through the use of innovative funding and financing strategies. To this end, we are building a community of practice that brings together thought leaders, practitioners, and partner organizations. This network will advance the field of conservation finance by fostering new ideas and ensuring that those ideas are implemented in policy and practice.
The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing.
Mission Investors Exchange is where philanthropic innovators share ideas, tools and experiences to increase the impact of their capital. It is a national membership organization of more than 230 foundations and mission investing organizations that seeks to inform foundations and other philanthropic asset owners about the benefits and potential impact of mission investing; to help foundations move from conceptual understanding to action by providing information focused on implementation, as well as offering consultation, technical assistance and professional development aimed at implementing and/or strengthening mission investing programs; and to actively promote the importance of mission-driven investing as a critical component within the broad landscape of impact investing.
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a global initiative focused on drawing attention to the economic benefits of biodiversity including the growing cost of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. TEEB presents an approach that can help decision-makers recognize, demonstrate and capture the values of ecosystem services & biodiversity.
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