The loss of biodiversity and nature is putting global economies, livelihoods and the financial system at risk, while investing in biodiversity protection can provide important opportunities including and beyond financial returns. The Biodiversity Finance Lab at the Green Finance & Development Center provides research, analyses and advisory services for financial institutions, corporations, civil society and governments with the goal to support the Aichi Targets, the post-2020 biodiversity framework and the goal to harmonize the financial system with the ambition to make our economies nature-positive by 2030.
In the past 40 to 50 years, over 60% of global wildlife has disappeared due to human activity, impacting ecosystem health, our food systems, our water systems, our well-being and the earth’s climate.
At the same time, investing in nature-positive activities can provide relevant financial opportunities for financial institutions, including in nature-based solutions and nature-climate solutions.
At this time, however, most financial institutions have not incorporated biodiversity risks and opportunities in their decision-making.
The Biodiversity Finance Lab therefore aims to close the gap. It provides state-of-the art research and advisory for financial institutions, regulators and civil society how to respond to biodiversity loss and invest in nature-positive activities.
Recent activities and publications on biodiversity finance
Here are the latest relevant posts by GFDC staff and friends, as well as events on biodiversity finance that included GFDC staff.
On June 17th, the Biodiversity Finance Initiative Project (UNDP BIOFIN), together with expert from international private and academic organizations organised a workshop to discuss pathways to improve the effectiveness of financial resources allocation
On June 23, 2021, during a virtual conference, political leaders of 29 partner countries of the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) launched the Initiative for Belt and Road Partnership on Green Development (“BRI Green
On June 8, UK Mission to the European Union hosted a panel discussion on mobilizing finance and resources to protect biodiversity in preparation for the upcoming Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD COP15). The
On 12th of March, the IIGF Green BRI Center was invited to participate in a workshop hosted by John McKinnon concerning biodiversity governance in China. The workshop explored ideas to address issues of
On February 2, 2021, the British government published a review of “The Economics of Biodiversity” by academic Sir Partha Sarathi Dasgupta. In it, the authors point out the “collective failure” of humanity to