A major conference on a new frontier for green finance in the UK
We are already planning for the second conference, taking place in London in March 2019. To express interest in participating in the conference, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For enquiries about sponsorship or speaking at the event contact Dr. Bruce Howard, email@example.com.
This event took place on 1st March 2018 at the British Library's Knowledge Centre in London.
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The Natural Capital Investment Conference, organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, sought to identify the best ways of securing much-needed investment in the UK's natural environment. Come and learn about new ideas on how to finance the restoration of key natural features such as woodland and wetland. The benefits that flow to everyone from this ‘natural capital’ have been valued at billions of pounds.
The Rt Hon. John Gummer, Lord Deben, recently re-appointed Chair of the UK’s Committee on Climate Change, provided the opening address. There were also be contributions from environmental and finance leaders involved in natural capital investment including Tushita Ranchan, Chair of the Green Purposes Company, Bevis Watts, Managing Director of Triodos Bank UK, Shirley Trundle, Director for Natural Environment Policy at Defra and Tony Juniper CBE, leading environmentalist.
Watch a short highlights video of the 2018 Conference:
The following presentations from the 2018 Conference are available for delegates to view (to open each pdf use the password that was emailed to you).
Natural Capital Investment: challenges and opportunities Bevis Watts, Managing Director, Triodos Bank UK
Capturing the learning from Social Impact Bonds Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank UK
Introduction to Environmental Impact Bonds Eric Letsinger, CEO, Quantified Ventures
The Natural Capital Trust Dr Dominic Hogg, Chairman, Eunomia Research and Consulting Ltd
A land and property group's perspective on natural capital investment Jo Holden, Sustainability Manager, Peel Group
Making Waves: catalysing new finance for coastal natural capital Paul Mackie, Coastal Partnership East
Building our blue economy: mobilising investment in marine areas in the UK Toby Roxburgh, Chief Economics Adviser (Acting), WWF UK
Opportunities, prioritisation and financing of urban green infrastructure Robin Smale, Vivid Economics
Who came to the conference?
- Land owners and managers
- local and regional environmental initiatives
- impact investors and organisations in the financial services sector
- infrastructure businesses
- local authorities
- public agencies and government bodies
- environmental and natural resource consultants
View the programme, which included presentations from senior figures in the financial, business and environmental sectors. Programme strands included:
- Why invest in natural capital?
- Mechanisms for investment
- Investing in specific settings
- The business of investing in natural capital
- Investment Innovation Showcase
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