Tackling Biodiversity Loss with Nigel Topping and WWF

Presented by

Nigel Topping (UN High Level Climate Champion), Nicolas Loz de Coëtgourhant (WWF France), Jane Wadia and Chris Iggo (AXA IM)

About this talk

For Professional Investors only. Capital at Risk. On 22 May, Nigel Topping (UN Climate Change High Level Climate Champion) and Nicolas Loz de Coëtgourhant (Head of Sustainable Business Practices, WWF France) will share their views on how best to tackle biodiversity loss alongside Jane Wadia, AXA IM’s Head of Investment Specialists. The webinar will be hosted by Chris Iggo, AXA IM CIO Core Investments and Chair of AXA IM’s Investment Institute. Human life and nature depend on a complex system of interactions between the environment and living organisms. It is fundamental to our existence and deeply sensitive to our interventions. The oceans, forests, agricultural land and climate, as well as the plants and animals they support, are examples of the ‘natural capital’ at the heart of this – and they are under threat. Biodiversity loss is currently costing the global economy 10% of its output each year and it’s estimated that we need to invest $8.1 trillion by 2050 to protect and restore nature. Biodiversity loss echoes climate change as a systemic risk which needs to be understood and managed to ensure that we have sustainable, and investible, economies long into the future. Major nature initiatives such as the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, among numerous others, have been modelled on their climate predecessors and discussions about how biodiversity interacts with net-zero transition plans will only increase going forward. Topics being discussed will include: • What lessons can be learned from climate-related initiatives? • How should we view the commonalities between nature and climate? • What role has the financial industry to play? • How can investors address the most pressing drivers of biodiversity loss?
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