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    AMs Launch Natural Capital Investment Alliance

    Stockholm (NordSIP) – On the margins of the One Planet Summit, HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management, Lombard Odier, and Mirova launched the Sustainable Markets Initiative’s Natural Capital Investment Alliance. The alliance has been established by Prince Charles, under his Sustainable Markets Initiative, and aims to mobilise US$10 billion towards natural capital themes across asset classes by 2022.

    The partners also hope the alliance will serve as a central hub for global corporations and financial institutions seeking to scale-up their investments into Natural Capital, in support of biodiversity restoration, including through Carbon. Finally, the new organisation hopes to serve as a forum for investment knowledge and expertise sharing to help mainstream the Natural Capital investment theme and demonstrate the scalability of appropriate vehicles and the multiple opportunities across asset

    “The interdependence between human health and planetary health has never been more clear. For so many of the problems we face, Nature, with the benefit of billions of years of evolution, has already provided us with the solutions. But time is fast running out and we are rapidly wiping out, through mass extinctions, many of Nature’s unique treasure trove of species from which we can develop innovative and sustainable products for the future. As we urgently seek to rescue the situation, we must now look to invest in Natural Capital as the engine of our economy.

    The announcement came in the heels of the unveiling of the Terra Carta, a charter giving fundamental rights and value to Nature, ensuring a lasting impact and tangible legacy for this generation.

    HSBC Pollination Climate Asset Management is a joint venture between HSBC Global Asset Management and specialist climate change advisory and investment firm Pollination and is launching series of Natural Capital funds, directly investing in the preservation, protection, and enhancement of nature. In the middle of November 2020, the asset manager announced the Natural Capital Strategy,  directly inspired by the Circular Bioeconomy Alliance, a Sustainable Markets Initiative established by the Prince of Wales. Mirova has established a Natural Capital platform proposing strategies in the field of land restoration, blue economy, and forest protection with more than 30 experts.

    “The investment industry seeks returns as its primary objective and today some of the most convincing opportunities for growth and returns come from a transition to a more sustainable economic model that both harnesses and preserves Nature,” said Hubert Keller, Managing Partner of Lombard Odier Group. “At Lombard Odier, we develop solutions that allow mainstream investors to position capital to benefit from this untapped investment opportunity. We are proud to be founding members of this important Alliance, inspired by His Royal Highness’ vision, and to contribute to mobilising capital at a scale commensurate with the opportunity and challenges.”

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    Filipe Albuquerque
    Filipe is an economist with 8 years of experience in macroeconomic and financial analysis for the Economist Intelligence Unit, the UN World Institute for Development Economic Research, the Stockholm School of Economics and the School of Oriental and African Studies. Filipe holds a MSc in European Political Economy from the LSE and a MSc in Economics from the University of London, where he currently is a PhD candidate.

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