Developing countries urgently need access to new finance pathways and sustainable income streams to protect biodiversity and keep the net zero transition on track. Our latest report explores the value of little known cloud forest ecosystems as vital assets for investors and countries and sets out proposals to change how we finance 'ecosystem services'.
We are proud to announce that our founder and CEO has been selected as a UBS Global Visionary, and is recognised as a global entrepreneur that is shaping opportunities to involve financial institutions in the financing of nature.
By incorporating the economic value of mangrove forests as storm barriers, re/insurance companies can move to the forefront of climate innovation and meet the growing demand for green investments from companies, governments and stakeholders. Until now, the value of natural assets such as mangroves has been widely overlooked in the business sector. Our new report offers a simple methodology using available science and public datasets for five coastal cities in the Philippines, with recommendations to drive strategic decisions, models and products in the race to resilience.
The M40 Initiative explores the development of an investment platform that can overcome the barriers that exist to scaling finance for mangrove conservation and restoration on a global scale. It focuses on 40 key locations around the world that contain the majority of the world’s remaining mangroves. The programme involves the development of innovative impact data, investment theses and an investment ecosystem, initially piloting the approach in Indonesia.
On day 8 of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Earth Security was named as a winner of the Global Environment Facility’s prestigious Challenge Program for Adaptation Innovation. Out of 418 submissions, we are part of an elite field of 10 winners, chosen for the opportunities created for the private sector to invest in climate resilience solutions.
In partnership with HSBC Australia, Earth Security is developing an innovative 'mangrove bond', with the goal of bringing this product to market in Australia. The project supports a global bank like HSBC to develop a pioneering position with a financial product aimed at capital markets to finance the protection and restoration of this valuable coastal ecosystem. The project builds on our 2020 programme, which developed the insights, analysis and proposals to invest in mangroves as an asset a global scale through municipal green bonds. Our partnership with HSBC Australia builds on our innovative analysis and market facilitation to move from insights into action.
Our new report provides a practical roadmap for public finance institutions (DFIs, donors, foundations) and long-term investors to use blended finance to unlock investments in nature. Nature may be our ultimate asset, but the markets that will enable investors to invest in precious ecosystem services are still nascent. Only 5% of blended finance transactions over the past 15 years have focused on nature. The report shows how public institutions can use their balance sheets to catalyse private capital for nature, and build the capacity needed to link capital with nature's assets.
Earth Security worked with CDC Group to assess the economic value that the restoration of mangroves by an investee -- Zephyr Power Limited (ZPL) in Pakistan – could provide to the business a nature-based climate solution. Our analysis identified and quantified tangible value for the investment in three areas: the protection of physical assets, the value to local communities, and regulatory compliance for international capital. The report supports the implementation of CDC Group’s climate strategy and provides the much-needed evidence for investors and the DFI community at large to use natural assets, such as mangroves, as a cost-effective tool to mitigate climate change risks and build more resilient investments.