Event recordings

The following links are part of the first wave of pages for the Ecosystems Knowledge Network's Nature-Based Finance Learning Hub.

Details of our flagship Natural Capital Finance & Investment Conference are found here (the 2020 event, which attracted over 900 delegates, is now open access)

The 2020 Natural Capital Finance and Investment Conference is now open access, with video recordings able to be viewed here.

Webinars relating to nature-based finance

Hosted by the Green Finance Institute

In support of the Natural Environment Investment Readiness Fund

For farm businesses (recorded December 2021)

For local government (recorded December 2021)

Hosted by EKN

Nature-based finance in practice: learning from international pioneers

Facilitating Local Natural Capital Investment – lessons from a project in the Scottish Borders

7th June 2021

In this webinar, Finance Earth shared the outputs and findings from the NatureScot ‘Facilitating Local Natural Capital Investment project’ delivered in partnership with the Tweed Forum. Includes introductory remarks from John Uttley, Nature Scot's lead on environmental green finance.

Advancing the £1bn challenge for financing nature conservation - Scotland’s story

5th May 2021

Natural Capital Finance & Investment Forum webinar, in association with the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital - In 2019, as part of the pioneering Scottish Conservation Finance Project, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency launched the £1 Billion Challenge, which set out to catalyse finance and investment for environmental protection and restoration across Scotland. The two-year Scottish Conservation Finance project culminated in 2020 with the publication of the Route Map to £1bn to guide the implementation of conservation finance in Scotland. This includes nine opportunities ranging from a Marine Fund to Landscape Enterprise Networks. In this webinar, project partners will share the latest developments since the publication of the Route Map. It is a chance to discover how to create and sustain a collaboration of diverse partners working towards a common cause of financial innovation for the natural environment.

On-line platforms to secure ecosystem service revenues from catchment management

26th September 2019

There is a strong case for improving the financing of catchment management in the UK, connecting farmers and other land managers with those who benefit from improvements in water quality, reduced flood risk carbon sequestration.  There is a growing need for on-line platforms to enable beneficiaries, brokers and suppliers to collaborate. EnTrade has been developed for this purpose and has been deployed at a number of locations throughout England. In this webinar, James Peacock from EnTrade will explain the logic behind on-line platforms for catchment-based ecosystem service trading, including how revenue flows. He introduced the capabilities of EnTrade using practical examples, explaining how it connects with environmental data, modelling and the availability of 'on the ground' advice.

Getting Green Infrastructure to Scale: Innovative Finance through Environmental Impact Bonds

2nd May 2019

Since the development of the ground-breaking DC Water Environmental Impact Bond issued in 2016, other cities in the US have been implementing financial innovations to deliver on social and environmental objectives. In February 2019, Atlanta announced the closure of a US$14 million Environmental Impact Bond to revitalize communities in the Proctor Creek Watershed area. Alongside this, the Department of Watershed Management for Baltimore has used an Environmental Impact Bond to finance green infrastructure projects which will improve the resilience of an area that has been devastated by flooding in recent years. Citizens have been able to participate in financing improvements to their own city. In this webinar, Ben Cohen, a Director at US-based impact investing advisory, Quantified Ventures, explained how the bonds have been structured and the benefits they are delivering.

Building the foundations of a restoration economy - raising investment for habitat banks

15th January 2019

In November 2018, the Institute of Economic Affairs published its report on the effect of innovation in agriculture on the environment. This included consideration of investment in the natural environment. It identified mechanisms such as green bonds and impact investment as ways forward. In this webinar, one of the reports authors, Professor David Hill, discussed ways of raising investment to establish habitat banks from which are yielded conservation credits sold to developers to offset their biodiversity impacts and deliver biodiversity net gain. Professor Hill explained how habitat banks are an important foundation for restoring natural capital across the UK. He will identify other sources of investment and revenue that can be introduced once habitat banks are established. Prof Hill's roles include Chair of the Northern Upland Chain Nature Partnership, Founder and Chairman of the Environment Bank and Chairman of the conservation NGO Plantlife International. He was a member of HM Government's Ecosystem Markets Task Force during its period of operation in 2011 and 2013. 

Initiating Landscape Enterprise Networks

28th November 2018

Landscape Enterprise Networks (LENs) harness commercial interest in how landscapes function in order to drive investment and innovation that protects assets like soils, aquifers, access infrastructure, habitats and tree cover. LENs are expected to begin with small, mutually beneficial business clusters investing to protect a few simple assets. They can then grow into regional networks where multiple businesses are collaborating to invest in multiple assets that deliver multiple functions across the landscape. Nestlé has already engaged in the LENs approach, and it is currently being tested in the UK. The webinar featured a presentation by Tom Curtis of 3Keel Sustainability Advisors, who is involved in developing and testing the LENS approach. Andrew Griffths from Nestlé provided a commentary on LEN

Natural Infrastructure Scheme: a catchment-based framework for revenue for water management services

26th September 2018, including presentations from Angela Francis, Green Alliance and Marcus Gilleard, National Trust

The Natural Infrastructure Scheme (NIS) is a market in avoided costs in which, water utilities, infrastructure operators and public agencies would contract farmers to implement measures on their land to slow the flow of water and improve water quality. Actions by farmers could include soil aeration, tree planting and the creation of attenuation ponds. The scheme is being developed by the Green Alliance in partnership with the National Trust. This webinar explored the potential for the NIS model to form the basis for attracting new capital investment in the farmed environment. It examined the security of the likely revenue stream and how outcomes might be assured to buyers in NIS schemes.