Stockholm (NordSIP) – 2022 has been a year marked by Biodiversity. The momentum on this theme is guided by the UN’s COP15 on Biodiversity. Starting with the first (virtual) meeting of the COP15 at the end of October 2021 set the tone for the following 12 months. Despite the postponement of the second part of the COP15 to December 2022 and its relocation to Montreal, in Canada, Biodiversity remains pertinent, with investors seeking to capitalise on the zeitgeist to direct capital and do their part to bridge the US$4.1 trillion financing gap in nature.
In this spirit and to assist those seeking to learn more about this topic, the Dutch Central Bank, De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), launched e-learning tool on biodiversity basics for professionals of financial institutions via the Dutch Sustainable Finance Platform (SFP).
The DNB-sponsored SFP should not be confused with the European Commission’s (EC) SFP. The DNB’s SFP was set up in 2016 by the DNB to promote sustainability in the Netherlands, forge connections, encourage action, and promote partnerships between the financial sector, supervisory authorities and government ministries on sustainability initiatives. The EC’s SFP is an advisory body set up to advise the EC on several tasks and topics related to further developing the EU taxonomy.
The DNB’s SFP’s Biodiversity Working Group has developed an e-learning tool on the biodiversity basics that can be done from anywhere, on any device, on the go and is is easily shareable, providing an overview of all the basics of biodiversity in one tool.
The DNB’s SFP notes that the practices and advice described herein are in no way binding for the individual financial institutions comprising the industry organizations which are members of the Platform, nor are they committed to take any specific follow-up actions. Furthermore, this tool outlines private sector initiatives and as such does not contain any supervisory requirements or government positions.