Providing a Platform for Conservation Investment

NatureVest creates and transacts investments aimed at delivering conservation results and financial returns for investors in a wide variety of geographies and sectors around the world. We collaborate with conservation teams on projects that engage the participation of a range of investors and generate a consistent source of capital to support 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 in the next three years.

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

Investment Areas

Aerial view of the Great Western Checkerboards Project south of Cabin Creek, Washington with patches of cut forest interspersed with replanted forest in the Cascade Mountains. Photos by Benjamin Drummond

Forests & Carbon

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Ocean Protection

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Sustainable Agriculture & Water

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Green Infrastructure for Cities

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What Makes a NatureVest Deal?

The NatureVest team manages a pipeline of opportunities across regions and strategies. Projects in the NatureVest pipeline share each of the following attributes:

  1. Measurable impact aligned with The Nature Conservancy’s mission. Does the deal help achieve a critical global or regional conservation priority?
  2. 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)?
  3. Governance to steward conservation. If successful, will we move hundreds of millions of dollars toward conservation through this deal and related efforts?
  4. On-the-ground execution capacity. Are the right people with the right expertise ready, willing and able to execute the business plan? Are there sufficient resources and support to ensure success?
  5. Replicability and scalability. Can we replicate the transaction using similar legal structures, capital structure and collaborators to quickly get similar deals done in different places? Once proven, can the investment easily scale up to suit larger pools of capital and achieve wider adoption of conservation efforts?



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