Natural Capital Investment Conference 2019

Natural Capital Investment Conference

The leading forum to catalyse investment in the natural environment

The most recent Natural Capital Investment Conference was held in February 2019. It drew together delegates from a variety of sectors and disciplines in productive and practical discussions of building the UK's Natural Capital Investment market. The event was addressed by keynotes from Jennifer Pryce (Calvert Impact Capital) and Rowan Douglas CBE (Willis Towers Watson).

Conference themes

A restored natural environment can play a big part in resilience against flooding, water shortage and summer heat episodes. It is central to climate change adaptation.  This annual event demonstrates that green finance – and green growth – offers unprecedented opportunities for financial institutions to invest in UK natural features such as woodland, peatland and wetland.

Participants

Financial services experts, public policy advisors, land owners and managers, environmental experts and business leaders came to the conference. Positioning their organisations at the centre of ambitions to restore the natural environment of the UK, recognising its role to underpin national wellbeing and prosperity. 

Areas discussed

  • Securing long-term revenue streams
  • Opportunities and financial models for impact investors
  • The pipeline of UK environmental restoration projects
  • Roles for government to support the market

Designed to turn discussion into action, the confernece provided a catalyst for new partnerships between financial institutions, land owners, environmental organisations and government.  It addressed the challenge laid down by the Green Finance Task Force in March 2018 that “increased private sector investment into protecting and enhancing natural capital will also be crucial to improving our resilience.”

We were delighted that WWF UK and Willis Towers Watson were our 2019 Conference Partners.

Watch our highlights from the 2019 conference:

2018 Conference

The first Natural Capital Investment Conference in 2018 attracted professionals from environmental finance and conservation in the UK. It was opened by Rt Hon Lord Deben and was addressed by luminaries such as Tushita Ranchan (green infrastructure investor), Bevis Watts (Triodos Bank UK), Shirley Trundle OBE (Defra) and Tony Juniper OBE (WWF).  Media partner was ENDS Report.

Here are some examples of what participants in the 2018 conference said:

"very well put together, interesting, inspiring and thought provoking."

"good to see how natural capital investment is progressing, both from an investor's point of view and those working on the ground."

Watch a short highlights video of the 2018 Conference: