Nature the most fundamental form of capital
26 August 2020 / WORDS BY Martijn Wilder AM
A new investment thematic – Natural capital – is emerging. Natural capital can help pension and sovereign wealth funds meet their need for mandated returns, and satisfy their requirements to do so in a way that is not only less harmful, but has the potential to restore the environment.
Dr. Helen Crowley on leveraging the power of biodiversity and nature to drive equitable economic progress
21 September 2023 / WORDS BY Pollination
This week, Pollination Managing Director Dr. Helen Crowley kicked off SDG Action Weekend in New York by attending a panel hosted by the United Nations on ‘Leveraging the power of biodiversity and nature to drive equitable economic progress’.
Pollination launches inaugural Nature Finance Focus report to track global investment in nature
21 September 2023 / WORDS BY Zoe Whitton
At Pollination we spend a lot of our time working on nature with corporates and with investors, and also finding ways to invest in nature-related opportunities and solutions. We find that many corporate leaders are still unsure of how to build their knowledge and begin developing their approach. We also see our clients and counterparties across industry engaging with nature for a variety of reasons – some are focussed on opportunities, and others on risk.
We wanted to understand more about how investors specifically are engaging with nature, as this is relevant not only for how we expect capital markets to develop but also for what will be asked of the companies we support. In a survey for our new Nature Finance Focus report, we asked 557 global investors who are working on and thinking about nature for their view on risks, opportunities, and challenges. We asked them what they were doing, why they were doing it, and where they were doing it. We also asked about some of the challenges and barriers they are facing.
Nature is complex but it doesn’t have to be complicated
21 September 2023 / WORDS BY Guy Williams
Whether it’s the fractal patterns that make up a fern frond or the billions of genes that comprise a polar bear’s genome, we are accustomed to thinking about nature in terms of marvellous complexity.
That idea can be a powerful argument for why the natural world must be protected but there’s also a danger it can be a handbrake on the actions needed to do so.
Now that the Taskforce on Nature Related Financial Disclosures has released its final framework, the idea of shifting towards a nature positive future has become suddenly material for companies looking to strategise, manage risks and identify opportunities.
The ‘Road to COP28’ starts in Africa
15 September 2023 / WORDS BY Maggie Comstock
From 4-6 September, the Government of Kenya hosted the first Africa Climate Summit, which was co-located with the annual, regional climate week hosted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Tens of thousands of climate leaders, practitioners, and other stakeholders flocked to Nairobi to participate in this globally important event.
The Pollination team attending the Summit in Nairobi were impressed by the level of participation, energy and enthusiasm present throughout the week. Here are Pollination’s three key observations from the Summit.
Pollination at Climate Week NYC 2023
10 September 2023 / WORDS BY Pollination
As New York Climate Week gets underway, Pollination will be on the ground alongside our project partners to accelerate the transition to a net zero, nature positive future.
Working towards a principles-based new biodiversity market
08 September 2023 / WORDS BY VEDA FITZSIMONS AND LAURA WATERFORD
Aotearoa has one of the highest proportions of threatened indigenous species in the world. This includes 22 per cent of terrestrial species, 17 per cent of freshwater species and 32 per cent of marine species.
In this rapidly-emerging space it is necessary for governments not just to act quickly, but to take a considered approach and identify the right actions. For Aotearoa New Zealand, any new policy on the development of domestic voluntary biodiversity credit market must work for all people and for the natural environment itself. These are outcomes the NZ Government is seeking to explore through a consultation process around how a biodiversity credit scheme might incentivise the protection and restoration of nature.
Pollination has been pleased to play an integral role in this process, drawing on our global expertise to advise the Ministry for the Environment (MfE) on the use of biodiversity markets to scale financing of nature-based solutions in Aotearoa New Zealand. We have now published a summary report of that advice and are excited to see this thinking being used to shape the consultation process being carried out.