Investing in Nature

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We are delighted to invite you to a side-event of the "Paris for Tomorrow" week

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Given the scale of today's environmental challenges, the mobilisation of private finance for sustainable land use and so-called ‘Nature Based Solutions’ will be essential to preserve biodiversity and climate. Biodiversity is critical to the sustainability of life on Earth, helping to stabilise the climate, and secure the well-being of human societies. Healthy ecosystems provide shelter, food and medicine, while forests and oceans act as huge carbon sinks. Unfortunately, natural habitats and unique landscapes are being destroyed at an alarming rate, and the cost of inaction is rising. Nature suffers from over-exploitation and underinvestment.

As a result, there is an urgent need to mobilise finance at scale to invest in Nature-Based Solutions to the ongoing climate and biodiversity crises.

On the international stage, global responses such as the "New Deal for Nature", including all stakeholders, need to be supported. The private sector has a key role to play, alongside scientists, civil society and governments. The meetings of IPBES and IUCN in France are intended to accelerate the momentum from the private sector, towards the COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity in China in 2020.

As part of the Paris for Tomorrow week, this event will showcase concrete actions and lessons learned from experience of natural capital investing, through agroforestry, agroecology and regenerative agriculture practices. The objective of the event is to raise awareness, promote innovation and best practices, and build common ground amongst actors to support the development of the natural capital asset class.

Join us to learn more about the role of sustainable land use and private finance in tackling today's environmental challenges!

Program :

4:00 - 4:30 : Registration and Welcome coffee

4:30 - 5:00 :

Introductions. The New deal for Nature and the role of private capita

Opening by Pierre DUCRET, Climate Counsellor, Caisse des Dépôts Group

Introduction by Yann WHERLING, French Ambassador for the Environment

5:00 - 5:40 :

Session 1. Understanding the Natural Capital sector

Discussion’s leader: Sébastien TREYER, Managing Director, IDDRI

Natural capital & biodiversity market players are part of a genuine sector. Project developers and green entrepreneurs are central for the development at scale of the sector. Large corporations have a key role to support project inception and secure transactions.

Géraldine ANG, Senior Policy Analyst - Green Finance and Investment, OCDE

Bernard GIRAUD, Managing Director, Livelihoods (One Planet Biodiversity)

Andrew MITCHELL, Founder and senior advisor, Global Canopy

5:40 - 6:20 :

Session 2. Underlying business models: lessons learned and perspectives

Discussion’s leader: Nienke STAM, Senior Program Manager, IDH – the Sustainable Trade Initiative

The development of the natural capital requires to build a strong track-record of successful deals to enable economic actors to understand the risk-return profiles of the investments and the types of structures implemented.

Martin BERG, Head of Environmental Funds & Climate Finance Policy, EIB

Etienne DESMARAIS, Chief Executive Officer, EcoTierra

Michael SCHLUP, Managing director at SAIL Ventures, Investment Advisor of &GreenFund

6:20 - 6:40 : BREAK

6:40 - 7:20 :

Session 3. How underlying business model fit with banking techniques and assets class?

Discussion’s leader: Gautier QUERU, Director – LDN Fund, Mirova

To be able to integrate natural capital and conservation finance into mainstream activities, banks and asset owners must know the specificities of the sector, about financing techniques and about risk, return and impact profiles. Public-private partnerships with blended finance techniques are key to ensure the justice and efficiency of natural capital investments.

Clément CHENOST, Managing Director, Moringa

Agnes JOHAN, Head Blended Finance - Senior Project Manager, Rabo Partnerships B.V. – Advisory Services

Gilles KLEITZ, Director for Natural resources, Agriculture, Water, Forests and oceans, AFD

7:20 - 7:40

Conclusion - What’s next?

Ivo MULDER, Head of Land Use Finance Unit, UN Environment

Sébastien TREYER, Managing Director, IDDRI

Event organised in partnership with Mirova and IDH

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