Biodiversity – Can Markets be one of the Solutions?

Presented by

Dana Hanby, Mike Davies

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According to a UN report, the World needs to quadruple its annual investment in nature if the climate, biodiversity and land degradation crises are to be addressed by 2050. While investor interest in ESG investments has accelerated in recent years, funding for biodiversity has not kept pace. To date, traditional conservation and biodiversity funding has depended on either governments or philanthropic donors, creating a disconnect between the funding mechanisms and the requirements to restore biodiversity. A fifth of countries globally are at risk of their ecosystems collapsing due to a decline in biodiversity and related beneficial services, yet in September 2020 the UN revealed that the world’s governments have failed to meet a single target to stem biodiversity losses in the last decade. Can markets deliver a solution? Are the carbon markets suitable for biodiversity? What are the key challenges and how can the system be improved? We will discuss these and many more questions with Mike Davies, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of Biodiversity & Ecosystem Futures (BEF) - ( - a UK Social Enterprise focused on improving how nature-based assets are financed, tracked and then transacted.

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