Natural Capital Investment Conference

2019 Conference

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 For enquiries about sponsorship or speaking at the event contact Dr. Bruce Howard,

2018 Conference

This event took place on 1st March 2018 at the British Library's Knowledge Centre in London.

Read delegates' Twitter comments on the Conference here

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:

Conference Presentations

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


Lead Sponsor

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


With thanks to our sponsors: