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Day 1 Wednesday 6 October 2021

Session 1:
Catalysing nature-based finance
1 to 1.50 pm

In this opening session, we will consider the size of the opportunity that nature-based finance brings for Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

  • Opening remarks from Mairi McAllan MSP, Minister for Environment and Land Reform, Scottish Government
  • An investment management perspective - Eoin Murray - Head of Investment, International at Federated Hermes
  • Keynote address - John Tobin-de la Puente, Professor of Practice of Corporate Sustainability at Cornell University, Co-founder of the Coalition for Private Investment in Conservation.
Session 2:
Financing nature-based solutions: innovation showcase
2.10 - 3.10 pm

Catalysing private finance for innovative nature based solutions to restore the UK’s National Parks at the scale and pace needed to tackle the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis

This showcase session will launch Revere, a pioneering collaboration between Palladium and UK National Parks that designs nature restoration projects, raises private capital to fund them, and generates revenue through sale of ecosystem services. Revere works with National Park Authorities, farmers, communities, landowners and companies to identify, incubate and deliver investable Nature-based Solutions projects which deliver an equitable share of revenues to all key stakeholders. With 15 National Parks covering over 10 percent of Great Britain, Revere is a bold step towards restoring some of our most important landscapes and accelerating the development of a UK marketplace for natural capital. Join this session to learn about how Revere can unlock the climate and biodiversity potential of restoring National Parks with private finance, with perspectives from key stakeholders involved in Revere pilot projects. 

Session hosted by Andrew Sutherland, Director - Nature-based Solutions at Palladium an will involve representatives of Revere partners, including Naomi Conway, Development Director of National Parks UK.

Session 3:
The state of the UK project 'pipeline'
3.30 to 4.20 (Panel discussion)

An expert panel will review the status of the project pipeline in Wales, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. To include consideration of investment-readiness, scalability and replicability. Chaired by Prue Addison, Conservation Strategy Director at the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. Panel members:

  • Jamie Mansfield, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Finance Earth
  • Tushita Ranchan, independent investment advisor
  • Patrick Jean-Martel, Environmental Green Finance Manager, NatureScot
  • Dan Hird, Head of Corporate Finance, Triodos Bank
Session 4:
4.30 to 5.20 pm

Financing UK Nature Recovery

Over the last 12 months the Financing Nature Recovery Coalition has been working on a Framework for Investment which has been developed through dialogue with the finance sector, third sector environmental organisations, businesses (including farmers and other landowners) and in close collaboration with Government in the UK. Alongside the Framework, the coalition will set out recommendations and a roadmap for implementing the mechanisms and measures required for efficient and high integrity markets for nature.

Join this session to hear the Coalition’s lead partners set out the key steps required to create high integrity markets, creating greater confidence for investors and improving outcomes for nature. Involving David Young (Senior Fellow, Broadway Initiative), Helen Avery (Director of Nature-based Programmes, Green Finance Institute) and a representative of Finance Earth.

Day 2 Thursday 7 October 2021

Session 5:
Innovative Nature Recovery Financing and Citizen Rewilding - Bunloit Rewilding case study
9 - 9.40 am

Nature recovery is limited by the ability to fund and scale. Natural capital credits can be an income source, but how do you initially finance your work?  

The Bunloit Rewilding Project was founded by Dr Jeremy Leggett, social entrepreneur and climate campaigner, and former Director of international solar company, Solarcentury. Existential climate and biodiversity threats cannot be tackled without engagement of communities - the project’s purpose is to enable nature recovery and community prosperity through rewilding. The intention is to innovate financing methods through low interest bank lending, crowdfunding, investment from environmentally minded business leaders and social purpose organisations. Aiming to accelerate nature-based solutions, the project aims to lead in natural capital verification science.

The team are keen to tackle land ownership inequality in Scotland and are currently exploring options for citizen rewilding through crowdfunding, where people could own shares in rewilding land.

This session will be led by project founder, Dr Jeremy Leggett and will feature several members of the Bunloit Rewilding team.

Session 6:
Financing nature-based solutions: innovation showcase 2
10 to 11 am

Wendling Beck: Securing investment in Norfolk's environment through a pioneering natural capital partnership

 This showcase session will profile the pioneering Wendling Beck Exemplar Project (WBEP), which is being developed in a collaborative manner by four local landowners, alongside Norfolk County Council, Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Norfolk Rivers Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Norfolk Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group (FWAG), and Anglian Water. WEBP aims to create a new blueprint for nature recovery, regenerative farming and natural capital investment along the course of the Wendling Beck chalk stream ecosystem near Dereham, England. WBEP plans to break new ground in terms of delivering nature restoration and climate resilience through sales of biodiversity, carbon and nutrient credits. At 780 hectares in scale and involving six landowners, it is set to be one of the largest restoration initiatives to be based mainly on environmental market revenue in the UK.

Join this session to discover how the WBEP project is being developed and how it will operate, as well as learn more about opportunities for investment and replication.

Session 7:
Ingredients for national leadership on nature-based finance
11.30 to 12.30 pm (Panel discussion)

An expert panel will clarify what is needed in order for the UK to be an international leader in nature-based finance. 

Chaired by Helen Avery of the Green Finance Institute. Panelists include:

  • Tom Gegg, Technical Lead - UK Nature Based Solutions, Palladium
  • Andrew Deutz - Director of Global Policy, Institutions and Conservation Finance, The Nature Conservancy
  • Louise Wilson, Joint Managing Director (Projects), Abundance Investment Management
  • James Alexander, Chief Executive, UKSIF
Session 8:
Leader's perspectives on nature-based finance
1 - 1.40 pm

Live address by Dr Rhian Mari Thomas OBE, Chief Executive of the Green Finance Institute. 'Financing green in the UK - harnessing the opportunity, managing the risk'.

Followed by remarks from

  • Emma Howard Boyd, Chair of the Environment Agency
  • Rt Hon Nick Hurd, Senior Advisor at Pollination and Chair of the Access Foundation
Session 9:
Financing regenerative agriculture in the UK

Join this session to explore the role of green finance in transforming agriculture within the UK.

2 to 3 pm

Join this session to gain clarity on the ways by which finance and investment can incentivize land stewardship and food production that leaves the natural environment in a better place for future generations.

A panel discussion, chaired by Tim Hopkin, Founder and Director of  the Land Management 2.0 community. Panelists:

  • Wayne Atkinson, Partner, Collas Crill
  • Jenny Phelps OBE, Senior Conservation Advisor, Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group South West
  • Adam White, Head of Agriculture, Barclays
  • John Gilliland OBE, Director of Agriculture & Sustainability, Devenish
Session 10:
3.30 pm to 4 pm

A discussion about the role that soils, peatland, woodland, saltmarsh and marine habitat can play in reaching net zero goals within the UK, and the role of green finance in maximising their contribution. Join this timely discussion ahead of COP26.

Chaired by Ece Özdemiroğlu FRSA, the Founding Director of eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy). She will be in conversation with Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners and Scarlett Benson, Associate at SYSTEMIQ.

Session 11:
Closing session

In this final session, we will provide synthesis from the conference and set out next steps. Hear what other delegates have been saying and activities in the pipeline over the coming year.

4 to 4.30 pm

In this final session, we will hear first from Ivo Mulder, Head of Climate Finance at the UN Environment Programme. His presentation is entitled:

State of Finance for Nature: A global perspective

Event host, Bruce Howard from the Ecosystems Knowledge Network will then provide some conclusions and make some announcements about activity on support for nature-based finance within the UK.

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