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Protection Money: Funding Worries Acquaint the Eco-Minded with Strange Bedfellows

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Millie Kerr

The Economist

November 2014

"Perhaps the greatest promise lies at the intersection of conservation and finance."
- Millie Kerr

In November 2014, The Nature Conservancy's NatureVest division launched the report “Investing in Conservation: A landscape assessment of an emerging market,” with co-author EKO Asset Management Partners, in consultation with the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

The report revealed market for conservation investing of approximately $23 billion across just the last five years, and found that investments in this space are expected to more than triple over the next five years (2014-2018).

Another important finding indicated that a substantial amount of potential private capital has not yet been deployed, demonstrating a need for a significant increase in the number of risk-adjusted investment opportunities.

The Economist profiled the new report, and noted that in a time where the amount of funding needed for conservation nowhere near covers the projected costs, "the greatest promise [for future conservation funding] lies at the intersection between conservation and finance."


Originally Posted on The Economist

November 21, 2014