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How to finance life on Earth: a high-level discussion with experts in biodiversity finance

About this event

Join experts on the official launch of ‘The Little Book of Investing in Nature: a simple guide to financing life on Earth’.

As we start 2021, the world knows that it must urgently address the global biodiversity and climate crises. Finance is at a critical juncture, when governments, the private sector and society – must intensify their efforts to protect the natural world. But how much money is needed, how can nature-negative money be re-directed, and where can new money be found?

Against this backdrop, the Agence française de développement, Global Canopy and the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability are delighted to host this timely webinar to discuss the scale of the challenge we face in protecting biodiversity, and the opportunities for finance.

In association with the One Planet Summit, the event marks the official launch of “The Little Book of Investing in Nature” (LBIN) which provides an essential guide to the latest innovations in biodiversity finance, including global, estimates of the future costs of protecting nature and potential sources of finance, drawing on case studies and examples of novel investment approaches from around the world.

The LBIN is published by Global Canopy and supported by AFD, Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability, Credit Suisse, IDH the sustainable trade initiative, Mirova, UNDP, UNDP Biofin, WWF, and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

Introduction: Rémy Rioux, AFD Chief Executive

Keynote: Mme Bérangère Abba, French Secretary of State for Biodiversity

Opening: Professor John Tobin from the Cornell Atkinson Center for Sustainability and lead Editor of LBIN

Panel Moderator: Andrew Mitchell, Founder & Senior Adviser Natural Capital Finance Alliance & Global Canopy, and Editor of its ‘Little Book’ series.

Proposed Panellists:

·         Daniela Torres, UNDP-BIOFIN Lead Expert for Mexico

·         Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer & Global Head Sustainability Strategy, Advisory and Finance, Credit Suisse

·         Fiona Stewart, Global Lead Insurance and Pensions World Bank Group

·         Philippe Zaouati, MIROVA CEO


Closing Remarks: Gilles Kleitz, Director of AFD's Ecological Transitions and Natural Resources Department

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    Julien Calas AFD

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    Fiona Stewart World Bank

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    Agence française de Développement

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    Helen Burley Global Canopy

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    John Tobin-de la Puente Professor of Practice @ Cornell University

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    Gautier Queru Mirova

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    Philippe Zouati Mirova

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    Thomas Melonio AFD

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    Marisa Drew Credit Suisse

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    Andrew Mitchell Founder and Senior Adviser @ Global Canopy

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    Gleice Lima Global Canopy

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    Rémy Rioux AFD

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    Sylvie Ory AFD

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    Daniela Torres UNPD

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    Gilles Kleitz AFD

Agence Française de Développement

World In Common

The Agence Française de Développement Group funds, supports and accelerates the transition to a fairer and more sustainable world. Our teams carry out more than 4,000 projects in France’s overseas territories and another 115 countries. In this way, we contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals.