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Investing in nature: Addressing biodiversity in the finance sector

Event date: October 18, 2022

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More than 50% of the global economy depends directly on nature and the crucial ecosystems it provides, yet biodiversity is declining at an unprecedented rate and the pressures driving this decline are intensifying daily. But why is biodiversity relevant for financial institutions?

Join us on 18 October, as a valued panel of experts explores why and how the finance sector is addressing biodiversity. What is needed to integrate biodiversity into financial decision-making and what are the associated risks and opportunities related to biodiversity and finance?

As we approach the 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), RSK’s #RoutetoCOP15 looks to highlight the significance of and call attention to the actions and clear targets required to halt and reverse damage to nature.

COP 15 is seen as a crucial chance to turn the tide of nature loss as world leaders adopt a new Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework as the nature equivalent of the Paris Climate Agreement to achieve a nature-positive world by 2030. The current draft of the framework, which is expected to be adopted, includes several targets relevant to financial institutions and corporations.

At the UN General Assembly meeting in New York in September, world leaders dedicated substantial attention to nature and with COP 15 in Montreal set to be the largest biodiversity meeting in a generation, a new route for humans and nature to live in harmony looks closer than ever.

Moderator

Caroline Frost

Caroline is the TV Nominations Chair of the Broadcasting Pres Guild and, as a regular news commentator, speaks on media, politics and culture. She trained as a producer with BBC News in London, UK, before being headhunted to help launch the digital arm of News Limited in Australia. Once she returned to London, Caroline became the founding entertainment editor of HuffPost UK before going freelance in 2017. Caroline has written three bestselling books; her fourth was published in April 2022.

Speakers

Kingstun Nelson

Kingstun Nelson is an Associate Director within Lloyd Bank’s dedicated Sustainability and ESG Finance team. This 20+ person team support Lloyd’s corporate clients and financial institutions with ESG financing and advisory.

Kingstun leads on ESG support for corporates in the construction, infrastructure, manufacturing, and transport sector – after previously supporting corporates in the real estate, house builder, and social housing sector. During this time, Kingstun has worked with clients to embed biodiversity KPI metrics into their financing, and to navigate the latest developments on the topic of biodiversity.

Romie Goedicke

Romie Goedicke is project and technical manager nature at UNEP FI, where she leads the work on nature-related risk and is coordinating UNEP FI’s support to the Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures.

Romie is an experienced senior program manager and earlier experiences include among others IUCN NL – the international union for the conservation of nature Netherlands committee – and the GRI – global reporting initiative. Romie is passionate about nature and the role that the financial sector can play in bending the curve from nature-negative towards a nature-positive and inclusive economy.

Dr Christophe Biehl

Dr. Christoph Biehl, Vice President, has more than 10 years of experience in ESG and Active Ownership. His areas of expertise include quantitative and qualitative research on the development of engagement approaches and stewardship concepts globally, ESG integration in equity funds, and SDG materiality. Before joining Credit Suisse Christoph Biehl researched and taught for internationally leading universities in the areas of responsible investment, responsible business, corporate governance and accounting.

During his time in academia he advised, collaborated and provided expert opinions on ESG topic for leading organisations in the financial industry, inter alia as part of biodiversity engagements.

Tim Hounsome

Tim Hounsome is the Managing Director of both RSK Biocensus and Nature Positive. The former is one of the largest ecological consultancies in the UK and the latter a specialist consultancy that advises business on their impacts on Nature through their direct operations and value chain. Although a research scientist by training Tim recognised the critical role business and finance will play in arresting and reversing both the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis

Event details:

Tuesday, 18 October 12:00 - 13:00 BST

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