The UK is developing a series of potentially transformative funding mechanisms to support its 25-year Environment Plan, which includes the goals of improved soil health, water and air quality; increased forest cover; restored peatlands and coastal areas; and improved climate resiliency in the form of flood and drought mitigation and adaptation. There are various funding mechanisms under development, each of which has the potential to create new investment opportunities and markets for nature and nature-based solutions. The Green Finance Institute is exploring opportunities, mechanisms and programmes to inform and shape the approach to deploying both public and private capital at the scale and pace required to meet the Plan’s goals.
The Green Finance Institute has launched the Dasgupta Review: A Pathway for Action for the Financial Sector, a set of 12 recommendations developed in partnership with the finance industry in response to the findings of the Dasgupta Review. The report includes case studies and examples of how financial sector firms have turned these recommendations into action. Two recommendations outline measures governments can take to accelerate the mobilisation of private capital away from nature-negative outcomes, towards nature-positive activities. We have also launched a supplementary report, Can Commodity-Based Certification Support the Financial Sector to Become Biodiversity Friendly?