Press release

PRESS RELEASE 2 March 2018

Natural Capital Investment Conference: Calls for market structure and collaboration to feed appetite for natural capital



Tony Juniper CBE, WWF Executive Director of Advocacy and Campaigns: “It is imperative that we accelerate the restoration of nature to conserve biodiversity.”

Dr Bevis Watts, Triodos Bank:  “With the right amount of support, Natural Capital investment offers true future resilience for investors and for our environment.”

View audience response to @EcosystemsNet and #NatCapInvest18 here.


The first Natural Capital Investment Conference on 1 March brought together almost 200 experts from the finance, property, government and environmental sectors for a day dedicated to linking investors with natural capital projects. Highlights from keynote speakers:

Shirley Trundle CBE, Director for Natural Environment Policy at Defra set out how the Government  plans to stimulate the pipeline for investable projects, with policy priorities focused on accountability and measurement in rolling out is 25 Year Environmental Plan.

Tony Juniper CBE called on the need to accelerate the restoration of nature in order to conserve biodiversity and its intrinsic and economic value: “People are realising the immense value in a healthy natural environment and real money is going into all kinds of nature projects.  We must all work together to ensure that investment in natural capital leads to real change.”  

Dr Bevis Watts, Managing Director of Triodos Bank, called for structure and collaboration if natural capital investment is to flourish: “There must be government support for targeted market development and removal of barriers; we need a collaborative system between the multitude of sectors and stakeholders involved.”

The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chair of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change called on the environmental and financial communities to come together to create workable models on which to build a sustainable future.

Bruce Howard, conference organiser and director of Ecosystems Knowledge Network: “We’re thrilled to have brought together such a diverse audience to address what is needed to propel natural capital investment into mainstream finance.”

Summary of news announcements made at the conference

  • The Land Trust launched its new report highlighting the economic value of well managed green spaces. Commissioned from Alliance Manchester Business School, it identifies how parkland creates jobs and generates revenue for business, and shows how proximity to parkland lifts house prices. Contact Sarah Williams  
  • Surrey Nature Partnership publishes its landmark Natural Capital Investment Plan, a comprehensive framework to drive systemic investment in Surrey’s natural assets. Resonating with the Government’s 25 Year Environmental Plan, the  Surrey Plan recognises the close linkage between sustainable economic prosperity and a healthy natural environment. Contact Sarah Jane Chimbwandira
  • Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec) announced Natural Capital Statements which show whether a company makes a positive net contribution to natural capital, and whether its dependency on natural capital is sustainable.  eftec Founding Director, Ece Ozdemiroglu: “Our Natural Capital Statements are the complete natural capital information package for investors about a company.” Contact Ian Dickie

The Natural Capital Investment Conference was sponsored by Triodos Bank, a global pioneer in sustainable banking. Additional conference sponsors are WWF and The Natural Environment Research Council.  Media Partner is ENDS Report.  The Natural Capital Investment Conference took place on 1 March 2018 at The British Library in London.  


Media contact: Karen David,, mobile 07989 439291.  

Ecosystems Knowledge Network is the UK’s leading forum to help people manage the environment as an asset with benefits for everyone. The Network brings together 2,500 professionals around the UK, working both within and beyond the environment sector. Our members are distributed across the private, public, third and academic sectors. We were established as a commitment in HM Government’s 2011 Environment White Paper, Securing the Value of Nature. We are a registered charity

Triodos Bank is a global pioneer in sustainable banking using the power of finance to invest in projects that are good for people and the planet. Triodos uses its €13.5 billion (2016) in assets to create social, environmental and cultural value in a transparent and sustainable way. With UK operations based in Bristol, Triodos Bank has branches in the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Germany and an agency in France. Globally, Triodos Bank has microfinance projects in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, and is a founding member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values (GABV), a worldwide network of 43 banks seeking to transform finance into a vehicle of positive influence.