2020 Conference

Thanks to generous sponsorship, the 2020 Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference was provided free to delegates. We are pleased to share recordings of all the sessions. The event programme is found here.

Recordings of the 2021 Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference are available for a small fee. Contact us at conference@ecosystemsknowledge.net to find out more.

Opening session - financing natural climate solutions and nature recovery (Tuesday 24th November, 2020)

  • Opening address by Andrew Griffith MP (the UK's Net Zero Business Champion)
  • Keynote address by Rhian-Mari Thomas (Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute)
  • Opening remarks and launch announcement from WWF and Finance Earth. Karen Ellis (Director of Sustainable Economy, WWF UK), Jamie Mansfield (Co-founder and Director, Finance Earth), Toby Roxburgh (Head of Sustainable Economic Policy, WWF UK)


Blended finance for protection & restoration of the natural environment: a global overview

  • Presentation by Katherine Stodulka (Programme Director, Blended Finance Taskforce at SYSTEMIQ)


Investing in UK enterprise to harness the value of seaweed 

  • Introduced by Adrien Vincent (Head of Oceans, SYSTEMIQ / Director of the Seaweed Coalition for Europe)
  • Presentation by Paul Dobbins (Senior Director of Impact Investing and Ecosystems Services, WWF US)
  • Pitch presentations by four pioneering UK-based seaweed ventures
  • Joint session sponsors: SYSTEMIQ and Seaweed for Europe


Catalysing innovative finance: the role of central & devolved government

Central and devolved government has an important role to play in creating the conditions in which financial innovation for a natural environment investment can happen. Join this session to hear perspectives on the role that government can play. The panel was be chaired by David Young (Broadway Initiative and Wheatley Young Partners).  The panellists were:

  • Emily Briggs (Deputy Director for Green Finance, Defra)
  • Ida Levine (Board Member & Lead Expert on Policy and Regulation, Impact Investing Institute)
  • Sara McGuckin (Head of Natural Science in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency)
  • Andy Sloan (Deputy CEO, Strategy at We Are Guernsey)


The role of local government in financing nature recovery and climate adaptation

Local government is well-placed to catalyse new finance for nature recovery and climate adaptation. It works with local businesses and local communities for wellbeing and prosperity. In this session, the panel will explore the unique capabilities of local government in driving and accessing new forms of green finance. A panel discussion, Chaired by Martin Reeves, Chief Executive of Coventry City Council. The panellists were:

  • Kat Deeney (Head of Environmental Planning at Plymouth City Council)
  • Chris Traill (Director for Place and Growth, Wokingham Borough Council)
  • Krista Patrick (Natural Capital Co-ordinator, Greater Manchester Combined Authority)
  • James Stuart (Convenor, Loch Lomond & the Trossachs National Park Authority)


Advancing climate-resilient investment in the UK

  • A presentation by Carlos Sánchez, Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment 


The future for markets for environmental services and net gain


Investing in the marine & coastal environment


Catalysing a green recovery (Part A) - In conversation with Wessex Water and Anglian Water


Catalysing a green recovery (Part B) - In conversation with Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership and Surrey Wildlife Trust


Green recovery (Part C) - In conversation with SEPA and Diageo about the Leven Programme Partnership


Closing session, including addresses by Minister Rebecca Pow (HM Government) and Ben Macpherson (Scottish Government)