Financing Nature is a podcast from GFI Hive showcasing practical solutions to mobilising private financing into the restoration of nature and nature-based solutions for a greener, more resilient and inclusive global economy.
Hosted by the Green Finance Institute’s Helen Avery, each episode features an interview with leading practitioners from finance and the environment discussing solutions happening across the globe to drive private capital into nature.
Episode 4: Kevin Bender, Senior Director, NatureVest, The Nature Conservancy
Kevin Bender of The Nature Conservancy talks through the intricacies of the recent Belize debt conversion that include a blue loan, insurance from the IDFC, the issuance of blue bonds to investors via Credit Suisse, a Conservation Fund, an endowment and, for good measure, parametric insurance. It's a complex deal, but one that is replicable for other countries with sovereign debt trading at a discount and a commitment to conservation. One to listen to for those interested in complex deal structures and the role of sovereign debt in nature restoration.
Episode 3: Alan McDonnell, Conservation Manager, Trees for Life
Trees for Life is on a mission to rewild the Highlands in partnership with community. Alan McDonnell, conservation manager at the charity discusses how private finance and investment, such as the sale of carbon credits, and a £2million retail bond via Triodos, is helping Trees for Life reach that goal. One to listen to for those looking at investments in ecotourism, carbon or interested in how to engage community.
Episode 2: Martin Berg, Head of Natural Capital Impact Strategy, Climate Asset Management
How can large institutional investors enter into natural capital? In this episode, Martin Berg, Head of Nature Impact Strategy at Climate Asset Management discusses the opportunities available and ideas for how to scale up investing in nature. Martin also shares his experience from the EIB's Natural Capital Finance Facility and the role and ambitions of the Natural Capital Investment Alliance.
Episode 1: Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy, Oxford University
In our first episode, Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at Oxford University and former Chair of the Natural Capital Committee reflects on its eight years of work, and revisits the plan laid out in his 2019 book, A Green and Prosperous Land - A Blueprint for Rescuing the British Countryside. Talking with GFI Hive's Helen Avery, he highlights the need for systems-based approach and the role of government in ensuring private finance finds its way into nature-based projects.
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