Natural Capital Investment Conference 2019

The Royal Society, London, 28th February 2019

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Session 1: Natural capital investment - the opportunity

Chaired by Karen Ellis (Director of Sustainable Economy, WWF-UK)

Opening remarks

Keynote: insight from impact investment around the world

  • Jennifer Pryce (CEO, Calvert Impact Capital)

Keynote: risk management and natural capital investment

  • Rowan Douglas (Head of Capital, Science & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson)

What investors require to invest in the UK environment

  • Panel discussion including Andrew Mitchell (Co-Founder of the Natural Capital Finance Alliance), Emma Howard Boyd (Chair of the Environment Agency), Jamie Mansfield (Co-founder and Managing Director, Environmental Finance Ltd.) and Dr. Jim Totty (Managing Partner, Earth Capital)

Session 2: Catalysing natural capital investment in specific settings

Investment in the rural environment

Investment in coastal and marine habitat

  • Chairperson: Terence Jagger (Board Member of the Marine Management Organisation)
  • Presentation: Investing in the Marine and Coastal environment. Jamie Mansfield (Co-founder and Director of Environmental Finance Ltd.)
  • Panel discussion to include Toby Roxburgh (WWF UK), Jennifer Pryce (Calvert Impact Capital), Simon Dent (Mirova Natural Capital) and Gwyn Williams (RSPB)

Session 3: Market frameworks and front-runners

Round 1 - Market frameworks

See our listing of afternoon seminars for further details.

Round 2 - Front-runners in the project pipeline

See our listing of afternoon seminars for further details.

Session 4: Next steps in catalysing natural capital investments

Chaired by Justin Mundy (Strategic Adviser to the Capital Science & Policy Practice at Willis Towers Watson)

London launch of The £1 Billion Challenge, the Scottish Conservation Finance Project.

Presented by Jo Pike of Scottish Wildlife Trust and John Rowan, until recently Group Treasurer of Virgin Money.

Scotland was among the first nations to pledge support for the Sustainable Development Goals and has been at the forefront of a number of pioneering environmental initiatives, including the World Forum on Natural Capital. The Scottish Conservation Finance Project is a brand new initiative bringing together leaders from finance, government, business and civil society to deliver the £1 Billion Challenge. The challenge aims to bring a wide range of social, environmental and economic benefits to Scotland while generating returns for investors. The Natural Capital Investment Conference is serving as the London launch for this project and this seminar will provide an opportunity to hear how the £1 Billion Challenge is shaping up.

Panel discussion - next steps in catalysing natural capital investments

  • Opening remarks
  • Panel discussion with Andrew Mitchell (Natural Capital Finance Alliance), Marie-Justine Labelle (Manager, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC), Bruce Davis (Joint Managing Director, Abundance Investment), Emily Briggs (Deputy Director for Green Finance, Defra) and Dr Jim Totty (Earth Capital).

Drinks reception

The drinks reception was addressed by Tony Juniper CBE (Executive Director for Advocacy and Campaigns, WWF UK and now Chair of Natural England)