CURRENT INITIATIVE — Nature Valued Project

Mobilising investment in nature-based solutions through harmonising law, policy and finance.

The Nature Valued Project aims to align law, policy and finance to scale investment into high-integrity nature-based solutions. The Project initally focused on supporting post-Brexit environmental and agricultural policy reform in the UK, while designing pathways to flow finance into nature through a new model of global collaboration.

The Nature Valued Project at its core is stimulating and scaling new market opportunities for nature-based solutions, and more broadly, imagining how we can value the natural systems integral to our survival and prosperity in society. The project explores how investment can support a just transition and unlock resources to grow nature-based solutions.


Strategies to address the interrelated crises of climate change and biodiversity loss have historically been established separately. However, this fragmented approach risks systemic failure. A new, integrated strategy is urgently needed to accelerate progress.

The UK has a unique opportunity to take a leadership role in reinforcing the linkage between increased climate ambition and high-level commitments on the protection of nature by dramatically scaling investment into nature-based solutions.

The UK’s ambitious program of new domestic legislation, subsidy reform and policy change has the potential to showcase how nations can value nature in practice.

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Though Brexit and the UK’s departure from the European Union Common Agricultural Policy have created uncertainty, they also offer a once-in-a-generation chance to shape the future of the UK’s Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) sector, as well as that of others who might be observing closely. The UK’s ambitious program of new domestic legislation, subsidy reform and policy change has the potential to showcase how nations can value nature in practice. Yet, robust institutional design will be needed to ensure public funds crowd in private investment at scale to deliver land-use change aligned with both net zero and nature positive targets.

Good institutional design needs to connect law, policy and finance. We all have experience of poor design and punishingly slow investment processes that simply fail to match the urgency of our problems and don’t work for participants in policy-driven markets. Getting it right requires an epic exercise in effective collaboration to meet this unique political moment.

— James Cameron


The UK has a global platform to champion efforts to scale investment into nature and present its domestic policy to the international community. New models of collaboration are needed to overcome barriers to investment in nature-based solutions at scale, as well as bridge multilateral commitments on climate and biodiversity.

The Nature Valued Project seeks to transform how law, policy and finance can be aligned to effectively value and reward the full breadth of benefits that nature provides.


Project Team

James Cameron

Senior Advisor

James is a recognised leader of the global climate change movement. He has extensive expertise and connections in mobilising change in civil society, government and business. He was the Co-founder of the Climate Change Capital, the world’s first green investment bank, and Co-founder of the Climate Change Practice at Baker McKenzie. James has worked extensively across a multitude of sectors. He is a Senior Advisor at Systemiq and Tulchan; on the Advisory Board for Neste (Finland), Green Finance Institute, AVAIO; and was a former Chairman of the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). ​He is also an Executive Fellow at Yale and a newly appointed Senior Research Fellow, Grantham Institute.  James is a former member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group; former negotiator, UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocol; and former Senior Advisor to the Morocco and Fiji COP Presidencies. ​James was officially appointed as a ‘friend of COP26’ providing strategic advice to the UK Government on the COP ambition, with a particular focus on the nature strategy.


Nick Hurd

Senior Advisor

Nick was a UK Member of Parliament for fourteen years before standing down in 2019. During that time he served three different Prime Ministers as a Government Minister over more than 8 years. ​

Nick has a long involvement in climate change policymaking. He was the UK Minister for Climate Change & Industry and was responsible for Climate Change at DFID as International Development Minister. As a backbencher he served on the Environment Audit Committee and was Chair of the All Party Environment Group. As Minister for Civil Society Nick led the Government work that established the UK as a world leader in developing the Impact Investment market. He is Chair of the Access Social Investment Foundation and a Global Ambassador for the Global Steering Group for Impact Investment (GSG). He is a Senior Adviser at Systemiq; Bboxx and (i)x investments. Nick is a lifelong member of the Privy Council.


Valerie Pinkerton

Project Manager

Valerie is an interdisciplinary environmental professional with broad experience in philanthropy, policy analysis, and stakeholder engagement to support climate change mitigation and coastal adaptation. She was previously an associate program officer at the Robertson Foundation, making strategic grants to address climate change, protect ocean health, implement invasive predator controls in New Zealand, and support tiger conservation. Prior to this role, Valerie provided research and analysis for policymakers on a range of environmental issues through roles with the Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Environmental Law Institute. She received her MEM from Yale University and a BA from Columbia University.


Annick Paradis

Executive Director

Annick has broad experience advising both public and private sector clients, including governments and philanthropies, on the challenges of climate change. She has worked with local and global organisations to improve their climate strategies, optimise their business models, integrate climate risk and sustainability at the heart of investment decision making, as well as support new climate policies. She also worked with start-ups in securing funding towards innovative climate solutions and develop go-to-market plans. Previously, Annick worked at SYSTEMIQ, a system change advisory firm in London, and at Stikeman Elliott LLP in Canada and the USA as a corporate lawyer focused on M&A and financing, where she advised global energy companies on large-scale renewable energy projects.


Belinda Sutton

Program Officer

Belinda brings experience in both the public and private sectors, spanning Australia and Europe, to her split role at Pollination across the Group and the Foundation. ​​

She worked at the OECD in Paris for over 6 years, focusing on high-level event management, protocol, logistics and administration, as well as public affairs and communications. While in this role, she was the Chief of Protocol for the Secretary General and delegation at the 2014, 2015 and 2016 G20, B20 and APEC Summits. ​​

Prior to joining Pollination, Belinda was the Chief of Staff to the CEO, at the London HQ of the World Humanitarian Forum.​​


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