Diving Deep: Finance, Ocean Pollution and Coastal Resilience

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Dennis Fritsch, Sustainable Blue Economy Lead, UNEP FI

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Banks, insurers and investors have a key role to play in financing the transition to a sustainable blue economy, helping to rebuild ocean prosperity and restore marine biodiversity. Through their lending, underwriting and investment activities, as well as their client relationships, financial institutions have a major impact on ocean health and hold the power to accelerate and mainstream the sustainable transition of ocean-linked industries. This webinar will unveil a new practical toolkit for financial institutions to pivot their activities towards financing a sustainable blue economy in two key ocean sectors: coastal infrastructure and resilience, and waste prevention and management including plastics. This new report outlines strategies to avoid and mitigate environmental and social risks and impacts, as well as make the most of opportunities, when providing capital to companies or projects within the blue economy. Finance leaders will bring insights and explain how this new guidance will help them align their business with SDG14: life below water. Speakers: - Dennis Fritsch, Project Coordinator Sustainable Blue Economy, UNEP FI - Klaas de Vos, Consultant, Ocean Fox Advisory - Paula Chin, Sustainable Materials Specialist, World Wildlife Fund - Cristina Mittermeier, Co-founder of SeaLegacy and OnlyOne - Alpa Bhattacharjee, Head of Corporate Sustainability at HSBC Australia - Melissa Walsh, Program Manager, Ocean Finance Initiative at Asian Development Bank
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United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) is a partnership between United Nations Environment and the global financial sector created in the wake of the 1992 Earth Summit with a mission to promote sustainable finance. More than 240 financial institutions, including banks, insurers, and investors, work with UN Environment to understand today’s environmental, social and governance challenges, why they matter to finance, and how to actively participate in addressing them. UNEP FI’s work also includes a strong focus on policy – by facilitating country-level dialogues between finance practitioners, supervisors, regulators and policy-makers, and, at the international level, by promoting financial sector involvement in processes such as the global climate negotiations.