Week 28th of July – 1st of August 2014, by Anna Heuberger,
How to encourage financial markets to engage in natural capitalThe Guardian, July 31, 2014
The natural world is being consistently degraded as a result of the pursuit of economic growth at any cost.
While trillions of dollars are pumped into the financial system which powers this destruction, only a tiny trickle of money is directed towards the conservation and rehabilitation of our natural resources.
A group of cross-sector experts from the worlds of business, finance, foundations, NGOs and institutions were brought together by the Rockefeller Foundation and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the largest global environmental network, to come up with solutions for how to encourage the financial markets to become champions of nature.
The questions and issues discussed included the following:
• Given the vast need for conservation investing, what are the top barriers in channeling more impact money into conservation?
• What initiatives are underway to develop vehicles for private sector investment in natural capital and how can these be scaled up?
• How is it possible to create a return on funds invested in conservation work?
• With a massive transfer of wealth from baby boomers to millennials, how can these wealthy individuals be encouraged to invest their funds in alignment with their values?
The Guardian, August 1, 2014
George Monbiot’s recent article criticised the natural capital agenda as “gobbledygook” and a “road to ruin”. The guardian asked a selection of experts whether they agree. More…
GEESKA Africa Online, July 27, 2014
The Federal government of Ethiopia launched its 2025 strategy to deliver green economic growth for the Horn of Africa. More…
Triple Pundit, July 28, 2014
Despite the significant economic, social, and cultural value of biodiversity and the associated ecosystem services, biodiversity is lost at a rapid rate. The need for policies that promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity and ecosystem services is more important than ever. More…
Huffington Post, July 24, 2014
Mixing this tricky cocktail will be difficult but the end product will be well worth it for our security, prosperity, long-term business profitability and the future of the millions of species with which we share this fragile planet. More…
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
“It is really amazing to see how smallholder farmers in Mupangwa have taken up their own livelihoods by improving banana farming – top class bananas with high export value,” said Mr Bukar Tijani, FAO Assistant Director General for Africa. More…
Agroforestry World Blog, July 28, 2014
Humans love them, herbivorous animals thrive on them, the earth benefits from their presence, but not enough are being grown. More…
IUCN, July 16, 2014
Healthy wetlands provide communities with food and water for drinking, agriculture and sanitation, as well as means of transportation and source of income, thereby playing a key role in combating poverty. More…
Deutsche Welle, July 23, 2014
Deforestation is a major source of climate-harming CO2 emissions. A new report shows this is drastically reduced when indigenous and traditional communities have the right to manage their own forests. More…
By Anna Heuberger, TEEB Communications and Outreach
Photo credits: Peter Prokosch